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Abuse in care: should we rely on the accused for justice? 

Elizabeth Stanley, professor of Criminology at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, says we need to transform our thinking and practices about crimes committed by workers in our care systems.  

TJ Rhee stepping through a restaurant door onto Island Bay Beach in Wellington, he's wearing a suit and holding a VR headset

If you could step into a parallel universe, would you?

Associate Professor Taehyun Rhee is developing an exciting and potentially game-changing concept that will allow people to communicate and collaborate across any distance, while feeling as though they’re really there in person. They call it the Televerse...

Is the next big big breakthrough really, really, really small?

Natalie Plank, associate professor in Physics specialises in the use of impossibly tiny nanomaterials in technology. She is fascinated with the practical applications of nanotechnology that are potentially life-saving. Her research focuses on creating incredibly fast, accurate, and sensitive sensors.

Natalie Plank standing on a circuit board
Su Ballard standing in the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington

Can art help us to see the bigger picture?

Associate Professor Su Ballard examines the histories of nature in contemporary art with a particular focus on artists from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Asia-Pacific. She focuses on how artists respond to natural disasters, species extinction, and climate change.

New Zealand’s top university for research intensity

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington has a unique and proud history as the country’s globally ranked capital city university. We are consistently ranked within the top 1.5 percent of universities internationally, and are New Zealand’s number one university for intensity of high-quality research (latest Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation).

The University’s connections and influence at local, national and international levels are strengthened by our capital city status. As a global civic university, our researchers lead thinking on the big questions facing society. Their work addresses global challenges for the benefit of communities in New Zealand and internationally.

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Our staff are passionate about finding solutions to some of the world's greatest problems—find out more about the University's research.