UC Child Well-being Research Institute

The overall aim of the institute is to advance high quality, multidisciplinary research to enhance the learning success and healthy well-being of children and young people. The focus is holistic, including research related to infants, children, and adolescents within the context of their whānau, family and community. There is a commitment to being a leader in developing a strengths-based discourse around child development, health and well-being that speaks to the context of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The Institute is collaborative in its design and its function, and co-constructs its projects with partner organisations and communities of interest.

The Institute embraces the premises of Vision Mātauranga and builds on the learnings from the A Better Start National Science Challenge to encourage innovation and meaningful impact from our research endeavours. We ensure cultural safety in all our work with particular regard to the needs of Māori and Pasifika communities.

The Institute also aims to support the development of emerging researchers and foster interdisciplinary research, working in constructive and collaborative ways to build teams for research bids and project work. The skills and knowledge of staff within the Institute are harnessed to ensure digital technology is at the leading edge in terms of project design, project execution, dissemination of research outputs to community members, policy funders, and global audiences.

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