Research in sport and recreation

Ranked in the top 50 in the world, AUT is globally known for its leading sport and exercise science research. Our research covers sport and activity-related areas, as well as performance, nutrition, coaching and human potential.

We're proud to be the home of New Zealand's top sport and fitness facility, AUT Millennium, and the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) is New Zealand’s number one sports research institute.

AUT Millennium

Our researchers work on key national projects at AUT Millennium, our world-class sports training and research facility.

AUT Millennium website

Mark Orams
John Cronin
Elaine Rush
Grant Schofield
News
Professor Lesley Ferkins
THE Rankings Sep 2019
62% increase in AUT researchers
AUT's new Professors
Balls and rackets on AstroTurf
Professor Lesley Ferkins
Five questions: Professor Lesley Ferkins
13 Sep, 2019
We asked Professor Lesley Ferkins five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
THE Rankings Sep 2019
AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings
12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
62% increase in AUT researchers
62% increase in AUT researchers
30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
AUT's new Professors
New Professors and Associate Professors
01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Balls and rackets on AstroTurf
AUT number one for sport science in NZ
26 Oct, 2018
New rankings place AUT as New Zealand’s top university for sport science.
Scott Brown
Chloe McKenzie
Lesley Sommerfield
Erin Bowerman
Matthew Kritz