Faculty centres

Cancer research and software innovation are just some of the topics covered by faculty centres conducting research at the University.

Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 1996
Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on the development of new drugs for cancer treatment, with additional interests in treatment methods and in carcinogenesis/mutagenesis.
Homepage: The Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre

Bioinformatics Institute

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Science
Established: 2003 (re-established 2009)
Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on bioinformatics with specialisation in evolutionary bioinformatics, genomics, microarray analysis and population and conservation genetics.
Homepage: Bioinformatics Institute

Centre for Addiction Research

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 2013
Purpose: The Centre for Addiction Research is committed to providing independent and quality research into the emerging relationship between addictive consumptions and the well-being of individuals, communities and society. The Centre will promote, coordinate and support the wider network of addiction research throughout the Faculty, and will promote interdisciplinary research in all five addiction subsectors (tobacco; alcohol; other drugs; gambling; and addictions and mental health).
Homepage: Centre for Addiction Research

Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Engineering
Purpose: The Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) is based at The University of Auckland’s Newmarket Campus, and incorporates the Plastics Centre of Excellence (PCOE). CACM and PCOE bring together expertise from engineering, science and medical faculties to undertake fundamental, applied and industrially focused research on synthetic and bio-based composite materials, manufacturing processes, and design, analysis and experimental characterisation. The centre has more than 60 staff and postgraduate students, and a comprehensive range of testing and analysis capabilities. CACM collaborates with other New Zealand and international researchers, and works directly with many New Zealand companies.
Homepage: Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Centre for Arts and Social Transformation

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Education and Social Work
Established: 2020
Homepage: Centre for Arts and Social Transformation

Centre for Asia-Pacific Refugee Studies

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Education and Social Work
Established: 2020
Homepage: The Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies - Tāwharau Whakaumu

Centre for Brain Research

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 2009
Purpose: The Centre for Brain Research fosters collaboration across the entire University of Auckland dedicated to divining the secrets of the brain. The brain, including its associated sensory systems, is the last frontier of human biology and one of the most challenging areas in science. Scientists, clinicians and students work at every level, creating new opportunities for New Zealand’s top brain researchers from the laboratory to the clinic to whānau and the community.
Homepage: Centre for Brain Research

Centre for Cancer Research

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 2020
Homepage: Centre for Cancer Research

Centre for Computational Evolution

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Science
Established: 2020
Homepage: Centre for Computational Evolution

Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS)

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Arts
Established: 2008
Purpose: The centre focuses on health and social sciences research primarily using new theoretical and methodological developments, particularly in modelling.
Homepage: Compass Research Centre

Dame Mira Szászy Research Centre

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Business and Economics
Established: 1998
Mission Statement: The centre aims to provide effective economic and social development support services to Māori and Pacific communities, nations and small-medium enterprises by bringing together experienced and skilled practitioners and scholars dedicated to high quality outcomes.
Homepage: The Mira Szászy Research Centre

Eisdell Moore Centre on Hearing and Balance Disorders

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 2016
Purpose: Reducing the impact of hearing and balance disability in New Zealand and the Pacific region through excellence in research, community education and the promotion of quality and equitable clinical service.
Homepage: Eisdell Moor Centre

New Zealand Asia Institute

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Business and Economics
Established: 1995
Mission Statement: The New Zealand Asia Institute aims to develop graduates, knowledge and ideas that enhance New Zealand's understanding of, and ability to engage productively with, Asia.
Purpose: The New Zealand Asia Institute was set up as part of The University of Auckland's strategic plan for internationalisation, and as a response to the growing importance of Asia to New Zealand politically, economically and culturally. The Institute focuses on New Zealand engagement with Asia in a context of emerging regional (Asia-Pacific) trade architecture and community. As a University-level initiative, in order to further understanding of and engagement with Asia it has sought to build the University's leading national role in the study of Asia; strengthen cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary cooperation internally; establish and consolidate external networks and relationships. It will continue to provide a bridge to understanding and engaging with Asia.
Last annual report: 2010
Homepage: New Zealand Asia Institute

New Zealand National Eye Centre

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences/Faculty of Science
Established: 2008
Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on cornea and external eye diseases, cataract and cataract surgery, glaucoma and optic nerve, connexion biology, visual perception and genetic eye diseases.
Homepage: New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC)

Surgical and Translational Research (STaR) Centre

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 2019
Purpose: The STaR Centre draws together 4 related research platforms that are committed to collaborative, cross-disciplinary and translational research. The research platforms cover the disciplines of molecular science, engineering science, clinical science and population science. As well as working together cohesively, we also actively collaborate with local, national and international research groups. These deepen our science and accelerate our outcomes.
Homepage: STaR Centre

Te Ao Mārama – Centre for Fundamental Inquiry

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Science
Established: 2017
Homepage: Te Ao Mārama

The Europe Institute

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Arts
Established: 2007
Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on contemporary Europe and European Union-related issues, including social and economic relations, political processes, trade and investment, security etc.
Homepage: Europe Institute

Manaaki Mānawa: The Centre for Heart Research

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Established: 2007

Transportation Research Centre

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Engineering
Established: 2010
Purpose: The centre aims to be the lending interdisciplinary centre for transportation and logistics research in New Zealand and will identify, develop, analyse and help to implement innovative solutions and new technology to persistent traffic and transportation problems.
Homepage: Transportation Research Centre

Woolf Fisher Research Centre

Formal category: Faculty/LSRI Research Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Education and Social Work
Established: 1998
Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on the development of education and schooling success for diverse communities within New Zealand, including a particular focus on Māori and Pasifika communities.
Homepage: Woolf Fisher Research Centre