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 Centre
Hosted by: School of Medical 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 Centre
Hosted by: School of Biological Sciences/School of Mathematics
Established: 2003
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 Centre
Hosted by: School of Population Health / School of Pharmacy
Established: 2012
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 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 Brain Research

Formal category: Faculty 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 Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science

Formal category: Faculty Centre
Hosted by: Department of Computer Sciences/Department of Mathematics/Department of Philosophy
Established: 1995
Purpose: The centre focuses on developing areas of basic research at the interface between mathematics and computing.
Homepage: Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science

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

Formal category: Faculty 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

Light Metals Research Centre

Formal category: Faculty Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Science
Established: 2002
Purpose: The centre focuses on materials performance and characterisation research, mechanistic studies, process modelling and sign of new materials, technology transfer for Light Metals in particular.
Homepage: Light Metals Research Centre

Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development

Formal category: Faculty Centre
Hosted by: Department of Management and International Business
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

New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law

Formal category: Faculty Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Law
Established: 1999
Purpose: The centre’s research focuses on environmental law and resources management law.
Homepage: New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law

New Zealand National Eye Centre

Formal category: Faculty 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)

Institute of Marine Science

Formal category: Faculty Centre
Purpose: The Institute of Marine Science (IMS) brings together the wide range of expertise and facilities at the University of Auckland to work towards improving our understanding of the marine environment.
Homepage: Institute of Marine Science

The Europe Institute

Formal category: University 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

Transportation Research Centre

Formal category: Faculty 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 Centre
Hosted by: Faculty of Education
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