Design research submissions

Research students in Design have the choice of the Master of Design or the Master of Design Enterprise to extend their research-led design practice. We leverage extensive professional networks and industry connections, working with local and international institutions to provide real world opportunities for our postgraduate students to work with industry and community partners on live team projects. Students are also welcome to develop your own practice-based research project that might meet a need, seize a market opportunity, or provide a challenge to how things are now. 

Master of Design and Master of Design Enterprise theses

Student name

Title of thesis

Date of award

Fortune, Todd

Discover. Develop. Deliver. An investigation of innovation processes and systems within New Zealand's red meat industry


Munjal, Sejal

Designing a dynamic sustainable system: 7 strategies to empower fashion SMEs and start-ups


Blakeway, Peter

(Re)Designing food waste systems using the design frameworks of chefs


Willows, Jonathan

Bridging the_Gap: Using design thinking to move FMCG NPD from incremental to radical innovation


Eteuati, John

Transforming ‘umu’ - A traditional Samoan oven. “Suiga o le 'umu' Samoa"


Allan Ross, Tania

Development of children’s therapeutic pressure emitting apparel that addresses sensory integration dysfunction 


Rose, Emmellee

Demystifying sustainability: The design and development of a toolkit to generate sustainable business narratives


Terpstra, Caroline

Leading by design: A user-centred approach to leadership development


Lynch, Timothy

Waste to want. Overcoming patterns of failure in small food producers through innovative enterprise frameworks