Departmental/school centres and units

The University has more than 20 research units ranging from our world renowned Yacht Research Unit to the Energy and Fuels Research Unit and the Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Centre for Asian & Ethnic Minority Health Research


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: School of Population Health

Established: 2004

Purpose: The centre has a strong focus on the current health issues of Asian and other Ethnic Minority communities in New Zealand, and seeks to develop strategic ways to improve and visualise the health status of this fast growing population.

Homepage: Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research

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Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity


Formal category: School Centre

Hosted by: School of Biological Sciences

Established: 2005

Mission Statement: The CBB will bring together the capabilities and infrastructure of Landcare Research and the University of Auckland to assemble cutting edge science teams that can establish world leading research, training and education programmes in the related areas of biosecurity and biodiversity. These programmes will support biosecurity and biodiversity policy and management entities at local, national and regional levels, ensuring that they have access to the most rigorous and innovative skills available.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

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Centre for Child and Family Research


Formal category: School Centre

Hosted by: School of Nursing

Established: 1994

Mission Statement: The Centre for Child and Family Research, Te Ara Tupuranga, is a consortium of multi-disciplinary research groups combined administratively to ensure high quality research relating to national policy issues concerning children and families. The work undertaken by the Centre typically occurs at the interface of health, welfare and education.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Centre for Child and Family Research

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Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Established: 2007

Purpose: The purpose of this centre is to facilitate the coordination of earthquake engineering research projects within the department through a combination of both the structural and geotechnical research groups.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research

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Centre for Gambling Studies


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Social and Community Health

Established: 2001

Purpose: The Centre for Gambling Studies is committed to providing independent and quality research and learning to minimise harm from gambling and to promote gambling related wellbeing in communities.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Centre for Gambling Studies

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Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Mathematics

Established: 2010

Mission Statement: The Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences is a group of researchers interested in applying mathematical and computational modelling to social sciences (particularly politics and economics), based at the University of Auckland. The central topic is mathematics of collective decisions made by a group of self-motivated agents.

Homepage: Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences

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Centre for Supply Chain Management


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

Established: 2007

Mission Statement: Our mission is to develop and disseminate world-class knowledge and practices in supply chain management applicable to Australasian economies by fostering cooperation, collaboration and communication among academic researchers, educators and industry practitioners.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Centre for Supply Chain Management

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Centre of Digital Enterprise - CODE


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

Purpose: The Centre combines both academic and commercially relevant research to investigate how new digital technologies are currently used, the potential for further development, and the implications of such use within the practice of business.

Homepage: Centre of Digital Enterprise - CODE

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Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Physics

Established: 2008

Purpose: Subsuming the former Applied Optics Centre and the Research Unit in Quantum Optics, the centre’s research focuses on Quantum Optics, Applied Optics and Biophotonics.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics

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Energy and Fuels Research Unit


Formal category: Departmental Unit

Hosted by: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Established: 1983

Mission Statement: To be a centre of excellence for carrying out teaching, research and development in energy utilisation and efficiency for the benefit of New Zealand - with a particular emphasis on environmentally favourable systems.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Energy and Fuels Research Unit

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Energy Centre


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Economics

Established: 2004

Purpose: The Centre’s research programme is focused on three broad areas: energy markets, resource and environment markets, and transport economics. Research priorities are set by the Centre and are based on conversations with partner companies, the energy sector more generally, transport agencies and government agencies. The Centre has important cross-disciplinary linkages with the School of Engineering, Engineering Science and the Transport Research Centre.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Energy Centre

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French Pacific Research Centre


Formal category: Departmental Unit

Hosted by: Department of French

Established: 1979

Purpose: The Pacific French Research Centre undertakes research on language and literature in New Caledonia, as well as historical connections between France and New Zealand.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Pacific French Research Centre

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Industrial Information and Control Centre


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Established: 2007

Purpose: Supported by the Institute of Measurement and Control (IMC) and New Zealand's process and manufacturing industries, the centre produces industry-relevant world class research in both industrial information and control and related human skills development. It facilitates research links and provides a focus for postgraduate research, graduate training and continuing education. This enables a more professional work force and assists NZ process/manufacturing industries to become more efficient, innovative, skilled and productive.

Homepage: Industrial Information and Control Centre

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Islamic Studies Research Unit


Formal category: School Unit

Hosted by: School of Asian Studies

Established: 2009

Purpose: Developments in geopolitics and in our own demographic profile have prompted growing interest in the study of Islam itself and in the societies and states in which Islam is an important element. The unit aims to contribute to the wealth of research, create a network with researchers outside The University of Auckland and promote a interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Homepage: Islamic Studies Research Unit

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New Zealand APEC Study Centre


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Economics

Established: 1995

Purpose: The New Zealand APEC Study Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary study and research on APEC-related themes involving political, social, and cultural, as well as economic, issues.

Homepage: New Zealand APEC Study Centre

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New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies


Formal category: School Centre

Hosted by: School of European Languages and Literatures

Established: 2004

Mission Statement: The New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies (NZCLAS) is New Zealand’s only interdisciplinary research centre focussed on Latin America. The aims of the Centre are: to be a leading Asia-Pacific Centre for Latin American research and teaching; to provide an academic forum for discussion and debate on policy issues of interest to New Zealand and Latin America; and to promote dialogue between, and serve as a point of access for, scholars, officials, business people and community groups involved in the New Zealand-Latin American relationship.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies

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Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific


Formal category: School Centre

Hosted by: School of European Languages

Established: 1999

Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on the extensive historical and cultural links which New Zealand and the South Pacific share with German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia and the Low Countries.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific

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Retirement Policy and Research Centre - RPRC


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Economics

Established: 2006

Purpose: The Retirement Policy and Research Centre (RPRC) is an academically focused centre specialising in the economic issues of demographic change.

Homepage: Retirement Policy and Research Centre - RPRC

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The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Faculty of Law

Established: 2012

Purpose: The Centre’s research focuses on human rights law, policy and practice in the domestic and global spheres.

Homepage: The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice

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Tomaiora Māori Health Research Centre


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Te Kupenga Hauora Māori

Established: 1997

Purpose: Tōmaiora aims to be a thriving kaupapa Māori research unit within The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Homepage: Tomaiora Maori Health Research Centre

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Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health


Formal category: Departmental Centre

Hosted by: Department of Psychological Medicine

Established: 2003

Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on policy and practice for the assessment and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with mental health problems.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Yacht Research Unit


Formal category: Departmental Unit

Hosted by: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Established: 1987

Purpose: The design and construction of yachts is an important industry in Auckland, and sailing and racing are popular pastimes. The primary function of the Yacht Research Unit is to coordinate and promote research and engineering activities within the University of Auckland that are related to yachts.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Yacht Research Unit

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