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

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: 2016.
Homepage: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Centre for Child and Family Research

Formal category: School Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Education and Social Work
Established: 1994
Mission Statement: The Centre for Child and Family Research, Te Ara Tupuranga, is a consortium of multidisciplinary 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: 2013
Homepage: Centre for Child and Family Research

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

Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences

Formal category: Departmental Centre
Hosted by: Department of Mathematics
Established: 2010
Mission Statement: We are a group of researchers interested in applying mathematical and computational modelling to social sciences (particularly social choice and economics), centred at the University of Auckland, but with members also from Auckland University of Technology and Massey University. Our specialisations are in game theory, complexity theory, modal logic, abstract convexity, decision theory, social choice and voting, the theory of social networks and experimental economics.
Last annual report: 2016
Homepage: Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences

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.
Homepage: Centre for Supply Chain Management

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

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

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

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 Energy Education Trust of New Zealand, 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.
Homepage: Energy Centre

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 workforce and assists NZ process/manufacturing industries to become more efficient, innovative, skilled and productive.
Homepage: Industrial Information and Control Centre

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

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: 2016.
Homepage: New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies

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: 2016
Homepage: Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific

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

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

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

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

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: 2016.
Homepage: Yacht Research Unit