Research


Matthew Cowan, Parliament

07 August 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr Matthew Cowan was at the Beehive last week presenting to MPs as part of the Speaker’s Science Forum 2020.


Behrouz

24 July 2020

Award-winning author Behrouz Boochani has been granted refugee status by Immigration New Zealand and is to become a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury.


Chris Boniface

07 July 2020

Robotic doctors and other artificial intelligence tools are coming to New Zealand’s healthcare system and we need to be ready for the ethical and legal challenges they will bring, warns a University of Canterbury (UC) PhD student.


child wellbeing Phd group shot

06 July 2020

The disruptions from the COVID-19 lockdown may have causes headaches for many, but the innovative practices of UC academics and the enthusiasm from a cohort of doctoral students showed that adaptability provides new opportunities.


UC building

02 July 2020

Imagine an organisation that performs thousands of transactions, but has no governing structure, no board, no chief executive and no middle managers.


Flax

24 June 2020

Human impacts on the environment are changing many biological responses, with effects on rare species and human health, but predicting such responses is complicated, according to a new paper by a University of Canterbury ecologist.


Whale

23 June 2020

A new international study led by a University of Canterbury scientist has discovered paikea humpback whales stick to old migration routes despite ocean changes associated with climate change.


I stood by

22 June 2020

How do male academics become allies in fighting sexism in the #metoo era, without ‘mansplaining’ or ‘white knighting’? Three University of Canterbury (UC) academics have looked into the necessary steps behind championing inclusivity and diversity in academia.


Headgear

19 June 2020

While concussion is a recognised problem in contact sports like rugby, it is generally accepted that wearing padded headgear does little to mitigate the risk. Collaborative research at the University of Canterbury is now putting that to the test, with an innovative prototype set to be trialled by young rugby players next year.


Kali Zygmant

12 June 2020

Internships with professional sporting organisations are helping bridge the gap between study and work for UC Sport Coaching students. A strong relationship has developed between the University of Canterbury and the Crusaders in recent years, with UC interns learning on the job and making a valuable contribution.


Janet Pierrehumbert

09 June 2020

The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) medal for Scientific Acheivement 2020 has been awarded to NZILBB Adjunct Professor Janet Pierrehumbert (Oxford University).


Chris Chen and Crusaders

05 June 2020

Growing ties between the Crusaders and the University of Canterbury (UC) College of Business and Law are bringing invaluable real-world experiences for marketing and sports management students, as well as collaborative research ventures and conference opportunities.


Chase ventilator

20 May 2020

A simple, low-cost technology developed by University of Canterbury (UC) engineers could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world by doubling the capacity of ventilators in hospital intensive care units, boosting their capacity to treat surges of Covid-19 patients during outbreaks.


Bannister

15 May 2020

Internationally renowned University of Canterbury astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister will take us on a journey to explore interstellar worlds in her upcoming free UC Connect public talk at the University of Canterbury.


Julia Rucklidge

14 May 2020

According to government reporting, increasing numbers of New Zealand adolescents struggle with mental health issues. In response, a new University of Canterbury study will test whether better nutrition can help ease the burden of mental illness for youth aged 12 to 18.


Daniel Foley

13 May 2020

Discoveries made by a University of Canterbury (UC) organic chemist could be a springboard to new treatments for cancers and antibiotic resistant infections.


Human-Robot Interaction

08 May 2020

An expert international consortium, including University of Canterbury researchers, has written the first textbook on Human-Robot Interaction to be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2020.


Professor Peter Holland

07 May 2020

The late Emeritus Professor Peter Holland, who was a leading expert in biogeography and environmental change, has left a significant bequest that will benefit science research at the University of Canterbury for generations to come. Starting next year, the bequest will fund scholarship support for two full-time Māori or Pasifika postgraduate students in Ecology or Environmental Science at UC.


Steven Gieseg

04 May 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) research team has found that measuring antioxidant chemicals generated by white blood cells is important for monitoring inflammation and free radical damage during diseases such as heart disease or SARS.


Zhang

30 April 2020

High speed, accurate 3D printing is becoming a reality thanks to new technology being developed by a University of Canterbury (UC) mechanical engineer.


Whakaari

29 April 2020

Cracked rocks on Whakaari (White Island) act like valves allowing gas to escape and releasing the build-up of pressure that triggers volcanic eruptions, new University of Canterbury research has found.


Great Nebula of Carina

23 April 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) astronomers are part of an international team that has revealed how explosions on the surface of a white dwarf star can increase its brightness by thousands or millions of times making it look like a new star.


Arindam Basu

09 April 2020

New Zealanders returning to the country will be placed into mandatory quarantine, and the Ministry of Health is developing a contact tracing app. University of Canterbury epidemiologist Associate Professor Arindam Basu said it was an accurate assessment by the Government to say that loosening restrictions now, after two weeks, would allow the virus to spread rapidly again. At least another two weeks of Level 4 lockdown was required to maintain momentum.


Malcolm Campbell

07 April 2020

Contact tracing technology has entered the discussion about COVID-19 – a health and medical geography expert at the University of Canterbury looks at the possibilities and why contact tracing is vital for combating the virus.


JodieJohnston

23 March 2020

A team of New Zealand researchers led by a University of Canterbury (UC) scientist has discovered a novel mechanism of controlling vitamin K2 production in the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis (known as TB or the white plague).


Debra Wilson

16 March 2020

Surprising results from a University of Canterbury (UC) study into public perceptions of surrogacy in New Zealand is being used to inform law changes in the United Kingdom, and may potentially impact on a private member’s bill here in New Zealand.


Sandy Richardson

13 March 2020

The University of Canterbury is leading research into the psychological wellbeing and support of health workers who were among the first responders after the mosque attacks on 15 March 2019.


Andrew Cockburn Zhe Chen

11 March 2020

As computing systems become integral to our modern world, interfaces are growing more ‘intelligent’. A University of Canterbury-led, international research project, supported with a $530,000 grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, seeks to better understand both positive and negative factors in our experience of these interactive interfaces permeating our work, play and social lives.


UC logo on building

04 March 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Linguistics has joined Civil and Structural Engineering in the top 100 globally for the first time since 2013 in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject released today.


Seeds

11 February 2020

Climate change is negatively affecting tree reproduction by throwing seed production systems out of synchronisation, according to a new international study co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist.


Scanner

01 February 2020

There is no known cure for stuttering and other speech disorders such as dysarthria and apraxia of speech, but new research by a University of Canterbury (UC) academic involves scanning the brain to find out what causes speech production problems.


Laura Revell

15 January 2020

Could microplastics in the atmosphere play a role in climate change? UC atmospheric chemist Dr Laura Revell is leading an investigation into this important question, with the support of a $300,000 Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden.


Dr Tyron Love

28 November 2019

“It looks grim,” says Dr Tyron Love, a senior lecturer of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury (UC) College of Business and Law, of the preliminary findings of his research into the future of Māori academics in New Zealand universities.


UC Engineering

17 September 2019

Three University of Canterbury Engineering academics have been awarded Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2019 Endeavour Funding totalling $11.8 million to lead research in areas of renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.


ernest rutherford atrium wide angle

16 September 2019

The University of Canterbury has just announced nearly $1M of investment in a cutting-edge mass spectrometer to be housed in the newly established Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre.


Darling

03 September 2019

The results from a University of Canterbury (UC) study into the longer term effects of micronutrients on ADHD symptoms in children have been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.


weka

28 August 2019

Weka are often portrayed as little more than sandwich-stealing scallywags. However, a new study by University of Canterbury and Department of Conservation researchers has found that these charismatic birds also perform important services for Aotearoa New Zealand forests.


Sapling imaged in the Australian Synchrotron

05 August 2019

In what could be a world-first, UC researchers Associate Professors Daniel Holland and Matthew Watson, along with PhD student Tenaya Driller, have imaged live maple saplings at the Australian Synchrotron.


WHales_NWS

31 July 2019

When assessing a patient’s health, one of the first things a doctor does is measure the patient’s vital signs. But how do you measure vital signs when your patient is a huge, endangered paikea humpback whale? New University of Canterbury (UC) research suggests drones might be the solution.


Dementia_prevention_NWS

26 July 2019

The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic will be officially opened in Christchurch today – the third in a national network of clinics established by Brain Research New Zealand| Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ).


Research Futures symposium

17 July 2019

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Asaad_Ali_NWS

16 July 2019

The 2019 Stats NZ Prize for a paper with “the best use of official statistics” has been awarded to University of Canterbury researchers whose work concluded that the timing of a child’s fifth birthday, and when they typically first start school, may impact on their NCEA results and University Entrance (UE) later on.


Markus Milne 2

09 July 2019

An accounting professor’s boyhood love of the outdoors has inspired 30 years of research into the social and environmental impacts of organisations, and how they account for and communicate those impacts.


Girish_NWS

08 July 2019

New research shows that international visitors to New Zealand value sustainability and protecting the environment but there are gaps and opportunities for local tourism service providers to do more to promote eco-friendly practices.


David Leung

01 July 2019

Associate Professor David Leung’s biodegradable coating can help achieve food security in an environmentally friendly and consumer-conscious way.


Professor Steven Ratuva

26 June 2019

University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Professor Steven Ratuva has secured research funding of more than $588,000 over three years from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to investigate Pacific community health.


drone and electronics lab

13 June 2019

The University of Canterbury is one of the first institutions to be recognised by Inland Revenue | Te Tari Taake as an approved research provider.


ocean_NWS_block

05 March 2019

A new paper, co-authored by University of Canterbury scientist Dr Mads Thomsen, recently published online in Nature Climate Change is the first to compare the strength and impacts of prominent marine heatwaves, reporting negative impacts on a broad range of marine organisms, possibly with major socioeconomic ramifications.


seal_NWS_block

28 February 2019

A University of Canterbury-led international study of the crabeater seal population in Antarctica aims to understand potential environmental and social impacts on one of the southern-most mammals in the world, and democratise science.


bioastro_NWS_block

25 February 2019

Earlier this month, a rocket blasted off from the Waikato countryside, firing up through the clouds to an altitude of 31,000 feet – carrying with it the first biological experiments launched and recovered from a rocket in New Zealand.


TiO2_NWS_block

20 February 2019

A University of Canterbury research team is another step closer to developing germ-proof surface coatings for environments such as hospitals, after an unexpected development in the lab.


Killer_NWS_block

20 February 2019

University of Canterbury Antarctic scientist Dr Regina Eisert has captured extraordinary footage of her close encounter with a killer whale on the edge of the sea ice.


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19 February 2019

Snails could stop freshwater invertebrate populations from recovering, even after the stream habitat has been restored. That’s why a University of Canterbury student has spent much of her summer creating snail baskets.


Antony Fairbanks

10 January 2019

A University of Canterbury chemist has won the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry’s prestigious Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Excellence in Chemical Science.


LavaLab_NWS_block

13 December 2018

For the last 6 million years, Christchurch has been relatively lava free – until now. At the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts, real lava has been pouring out of a new research facility – the Lava Laboratory – which may help researchers monitor lava flows in Hawaii and the rest of the world.


Jodie Johnston in lab

11 December 2018

A University of Canterbury researcher has been awarded $100,000 to study Staph infection-causing bacteria, in a study that could save lives around the world.


Johnston_NWS_block

21 November 2018

A University of Canterbury researcher has been awarded $100,000 to study Staph infection-causing bacteria, in a study that could save lives around the world.


UC NEWS logo

10 October 2018

Experimental diachronics: Investigating language change and evolution in the lab


volcano_NWS_block

08 October 2018

Some volcanic eruptions, including the most recent large Taupo eruption in New Zealand, may be lying about their age, according to new University of Canterbury research.


UC NEWS logo

08 October 2018

What can Social Media tell us about Māori Loanwords?


Reihana_NWS_block

27 September 2018

New research by University of Canterbury psychologists shows that minerals and vitamins may help to reduce cigarette consumption and promote successful quitting.


Ben Houlton

24 September 2018

A University of Canterbury student is developing 3D-printed water filters with potential to improve water quality in developing countries.


Issie_NWS_block

04 September 2018

Disrupting stream communities may hold the secret to long-term restoration of waterways, according to a University of Canterbury student’s thesis.


Rodgers_NWS_block

28 August 2018

Christchurch’s new state-of-the-art central city library incorporates innovative University of Canterbury (UC) engineering solutions designed to help it endure a large earthquake with minimal damage.


sangaku-NWS_block

15 August 2018

It’s an artistic, religious, mathematical puzzle worth contemplating. There will soon be a uniquely New Zealand mathematical contribution to a Japanese shrine, thanks to a University of Canterbury doctoral graduate.


Stott_NWS_block

13 August 2018

The world's most comprehensive study of geothermal springs has provided unique insight into their make-up, discovering 28,000 different microorganisms.


mudfish_NWS_block

09 August 2018

New University of Canterbury research into the nationally critical kōwaro/Canterbury mudfish, and how they are likely to respond to increased drought intensity, offers some hope for saving the native species from extinction.


Rucklidge_NWS_block

08 August 2018

Professor Julia Rucklidge, the driving force behind the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury (UC), is seeking pregnant participants for the latest study on anxiety and depression.


Rose_NWS_block

03 August 2018

The University of Canterbury’s Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research is a unique facility that integrates patient care, clinical research and student education – and it’s proving to be life-changing for patients with swallowing difficulties.


grasshopper_NWS_block

26 July 2018

University of Canterbury researchers have welcomed the Government move to protect the home of a giant native grasshopper on Crown land in the Mackenzie Basin, saying more work is needed to protect the nationally endangered species.


Sueltrop_NWS_block

24 July 2018

New University of Canterbury research has the potential to make it easier, faster and cheaper to launch a rocket, with wide-ranging benefits for other technology.


Veronica_NWS_block

23 July 2018

University of Canterbury research into the ability of teachers to regulate their emotions in a disaster has resulted in invaluable insights and practical recommendations.


Levi_NWS_block

11 July 2018

University of Canterbury researchers are collecting DNA information from one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most threatened freshwater fish – the Canterbury mudfish (kōwaro) – in an effort to make it more resilient to future environmental change.


GirishPrayag_NWS_block

04 July 2018

Canterbury researchers are set to uncover the impact the Airbnb accommodation phenomenon has had on the region’s tourism industry.


Benjamin_NWS_block

28 June 2018

A University of Canterbury student is developing 3D-printed water filters with potential to improve water quality in developing countries.


Golf-Papez_NWS_block

22 June 2018

New University of Canterbury research into the behaviour of online trolls has revealed the many actors involved and a surprising number of benefits to trolling – and not just for the trolls.


AnnRichardson_NWS_block

20 June 2018

The University of Canterbury’s Chair of Cancer Epidemiology, Professor Ann Richardson, is on a mission to discover if there is a link between common viruses and breast cancer.


Vetrova_NWS_block

18 June 2018

Ever been fined $400 at the border for a forgotten banana and wondered about the strict biosecurity rules in New Zealand? A University of Canterbury academic is working to make it possible to instantly identify suspect insects, plants and fungi from a photo using artificial intelligence (AI).


Michael Currie/ Ren Dobson

12 June 2018

A high definition image of a protein structure will help drug designers develop products to specifically target pathogens, creating treatments for certain illnesses.


Azadeh Hashemi banner image

12 June 2018

Doctoral student Azadeh Hashemi from UC’s College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha and the Biomolecular Interaction Centre is working toward her ultimate goal of helping to replicate cells and regrow lost muscle tissue.


riverbale_NWS_block

07 June 2018

University of Canterbury researchers have been successfully locating, protecting and studying whitebait spawning sites in Christchurch city rivers with help from the humble haybale.


Looyer_NWS_block

01 June 2018

University of Canterbury Master’s student Natalie Looyer, has been awarded a funding grant to research a pivotal, ground-breaking female New Zealand Classics scholar.


Crittenden_NWS_block

30 May 2018

University of Canterbury chemistry expert Dr Deborah Crittenden is a finalist in the sixth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation in New Zealand universities and Crown Research Institutes.


dryriver_NWS_block

22 May 2018

University of Canterbury scientists are part of a global research collaboration into the environmental impacts of dry riverbeds, with their findings published today in a new paper in one of the world’s top scientific journals.


Wolfgang_NWS_block

14 May 2018

In early 2019, University of Canterbury researchers will be part of an international effort to explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world: the Weddell Sea off Antarctica.


Salmonella_NWS_block

10 May 2018

Two researchers from the University of Canterbury have developed machine-learning software that can predict how dangerous a particular strain of Salmonella will be, according to a paper published in PLOS Genetics this week.


UCE Sustainability Challenge Winning Team

24 April 2018

When four festival-going flatmates were appalled at the amount of textile waste left at their campsite, they thought of a way to turn that waste into a sustainable business venture, taking out the UCE Sustainability Challenge 2018 in the process!


AndyNicol_NWS_block

17 April 2018

Scientists internationally are puzzled by the 2016 Kaikōura quake that ruptured more than 17 active faults, but did not break some other active faults in the area. EQC has funded Structural Geology Professor Andy Nicol at the University of Canterbury to study the mystery, and what it could mean for forecasting future earthquakes.


UCE Sustainability Plant Top Angle

16 April 2018

Sustainability has been said to have three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection. A balancing act of these three elements is often what sets businesses apart, providing them with a unique, socially-focused competitive advantage.


Butler_NWS_block

05 April 2018

A project that is revolutionising the way x-ray technology will detect, diagnose and monitor many diseases, including cancer, has been awarded Gold Status for research excellence by MBIE.


SophiaHunt_NWS_block

29 March 2018

Changes in climate and land use are bringing significant changes to mosquitoes’ habitats and life cycles, which may increase exotic, potentially disease-carrying, mosquitoes in New Zealand, University of Canterbury research has found.


UCE Indian Students visit NZ

28 March 2018

We were incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Arun Shanbhag and a number of his students visit the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) earlier this week from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. At this private University in India, Dr. Shanbhag has the role of Chief of Innovation.


UCE 48-Hour Health Challenge 2018

26 March 2018

Imagine an artificial intelligence system guiding you through your stay in hospital and making sure you get the support you need when you get home. Or an app making suggestions that help you lead a healthier life by learning which ‘nudges’ work specifically for you. These are just some of the ideas that came out of the 48-Hour Health Challenge over the weekend.


Alan_NWS_block

23 March 2018

A team of researchers led by the University of Canterbury’s Electric Power Engineering Centre (UC EPECentre) has struck gold again, receiving MBIE’s Gold Status for the second year running.


UCE BSNS290 Workshop with Professor Jamie Collins

22 March 2018

Who says paper planes are just for wasting time and annoying others at primary school? On Tuesday 20th March UCE’s BSNS290: ‘Enterprise in Practice’ class had a very interesting workshop with Professor Jamie Collins.


Rollestonglacier_NWS_block

21 March 2018

University of Canterbury researchers monitoring glacier mass have confirmed that this summer’s extreme heat has been catastrophic for New Zealand’s alpine glaciers. A research team, led by glaciologist and Geography senior lecturer Dr Heather Purdie, hiked into the Rolleston Glacier in Arthurs Pass National Park for their annual end-of-summer glacier survey.


minke_NWS_block

20 March 2018

Dr Regina Eisert, marine mammal expert at the University of Canterbury's Gateway Antarctica, still can’t believe the underwater footage her team captured on a recent Antarctic expedition to study killer whales.


UCE Business Case Comp 2018

19 March 2018

Last Wednesday saw the first UCE Deloitte Business Case Competition. It was incredibly exciting to see so much fresh talent and look forward to hosting our next Case Competition event.


AEMSLab _NWS_block

02 March 2018

The University of Canterbury’s Advanced Energy and Material Lab (AEMSLab) has made leaps and bounds in their research in 2017, receiving MBIE’s Gold status rating for the second year in a row.


Cathedral_NWS_block

20 February 2018

The University of Canterbury, which first launched its world-leading digital archive documenting the Canterbury earthquakes in 2012, has released its new, improved UC QuakeStudies research repository.