"Our people make a better world." That is Otago Polytechnic's vision and that is what our researchers are doing.

Otago Polytechnic is carrying out research in a wide range of disciplines that is relevant for the communities we live in - locally, nationally and globally. Would you like to help us?

We engage in research in collaboration with academic colleagues in universities and other institutions nationally and internationally. We welcome opportunities for new collaborations.

We are also a part of the wider research community across the Te Pūkenga network, working together to support research and researchers.

We welcome your active participation with our research community:

  • As a collaborator or colleague
  • As a postgraduate student
  • As a community partner for research
  • As someone who can apply and benefit from our research
  • As a funder or co-funder of research 

Let's be curious together. 

Prof Leoni Schmidt
Director: Research & Postgraduate Studies 


Industry and community




We welcome approaches from industry and community organisations who are interested in working with us. Together we can make a bigger difference.


Work with our students

Industry and community organisations have a range of options for working with our students.

Work with our staff

Our academic staff are making the world a better place, applying their research to help solve challenges.

Meet our Professoriate

Our Professors and Associate Professors provide academic leadership in teaching, research, and related discipline.


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