Research in sport and recreation

Ranked in the top 30 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.

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Pregnant runners' pain varies
15 Apr, 2024
A new study has found key differences in the pain of pregnant runners, depending on whether they’ve previously had children.
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AUT Tech to be used at Manu Championship
14 Dec, 2023
In January the Manu World Championships will introduce new AUT developed technology to make for a better competition.
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Are super shoes key to winning the race?
14 Dec, 2023
Super shoes, aka carbon shoes have sparked conversations around whether they should be banned by World Athletics in marathons.
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Marsden success for AUT
03 Nov, 2023
A range of groundbreaking research projects have received funding in the 2023 Marsden Fund.
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Lesley Ferkins honoured by SMAANZ
18 Nov, 2022
Professor Lesley Ferkins has been named the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) Distinguished Service Award winner.

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AUT Millennium

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

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Explore our research expertise

AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge to guide you throughout your studies.

If you’re interested in applying to a PhD or MPhil, email first to assess your eligibility for the programme.

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SangHoon (Andrew) Yoon
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