Research


Laura Revell

24 September 2021

Two University of Canterbury academics from the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences will receive the UC Early & Emerging Career Researcher Award this year – one is a pioneer in airborne microplastics research and the other has an asteroid named in her honour.


Ben McEwen

23 September 2021

Aotearoa’s brightest young minds are setting out to revolutionise pest management, helping efforts to eradicate possums, stoats and rats from New Zealand by 2050, including a University of Canterbury doctoral student using audio lures for predators.


MichelleLaRue Weddell Seal

08 September 2021

A University of Canterbury-led international study, published today in Global Change Biology, reveals how climate change may impact seals in one of the world’s most remote ocean regions, Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.


UAV research

07 September 2021

Ten University of Canterbury research projects tackling the big issues have been green-lit with funding worth $23 million.


Simon_sees from Australia, Wikimedia Commons

02 September 2021

The University of Canterbury and University of the South Pacific, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are partnering on a unique research project to help Pacific countries and the global community understand how climate change will impact the Pacific, and how indigenous knowledge can help Pacific communities to adapt.


Maddi Williams

01 September 2021

A new book by University of Canterbury historian Madi Williams offers a fresh perspective on the history of Polynesia during the medieval period, focusing on Aotearoa New Zealand, Chatham Islands (Rēkohu) and Easter Island (Rapanui).


Shaun Ogilvie

17 August 2021

The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre has appointed its first Professor, Dr Shaun Ogilvie, Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakahemo), Ngāti Awa (Ngāti Pūkeko) and Pākehā, as Professor of Ecology and the Environment, a co-appointment with the College of Science, at the University of Canterbury.


Three Minute Thesis winners

11 August 2021

Antarctic research, predicting volcanic eruptions, and local anti-nuclear campaigners were the winning topics in a fast-paced University of Canterbury competition for postgraduate students.


Covid UC Connect

05 August 2021

What do a mathematician, a chemist, an epidemiologist and a law expert have in common? These University of Canterbury academics are all involved in vital aspects of the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.


Professor Renwick Dobson

02 August 2021

A joint University of Canterbury and ESR research team is investigating whether a new enzyme treatment could help solve the global problem of antibiotic resistance.


health

30 July 2021

University of Canterbury researchers are leading innovative studies to research and improve child health in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Better Brain

30 July 2021

In an upcoming UC Connect public lecture, a world-leading scientist will share her knowledge of how nutrition can help overcome stress, ADHD, and depression.


LaRue

28 July 2021

A first-of-its-kind research project will use data collected from high-resolution satellite images to help scientists gain insights into Weddell Seal populations in Antarctica’s Ross Sea region.


Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson

26 July 2021

A future-focused research project co-led by University of Canterbury researcher Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson is considering what legal and policy options might exist to protect our oceans for generations to come.


Tom Cochrane and Aisling O'Sullivan

26 July 2021

Waste mussel shells could become a low-tech, natural tool to filter pollutants from New Zealand waterways if field testing by University of Canterbury engineers proves successful.


Wild pig soil

23 July 2021

Assessing the threat of invasive species is an important tool to reducing carbon emissions, as researchers from the University of Canterbury, the University of Queensland and University of Canberra explain on The Conversation.


Nick Draper and sons

21 July 2021

A new field trial investigating whether headgear can help prevent collision-related injuries in junior rugby players will kick off next year amid growing concern about health and safety in the sport.


New entrants at St Mary's School, Mosgiel, Dunedin, learning to read using the B

20 July 2021

An innovative research-based approach to how New Zealand children are taught to read is to be extended across the country with a $10 million Ministry of Education contract awarded to the University of Canterbury (UC).


University of Canterbury doctoral student Jana Wold and Associate Professor Tamm

20 July 2021

Research using DNA in a new way could help Aotearoa New Zealand’s kākāpo – one of the country’s most critically endangered native birds – hatch chicks more successfully.


Wild Pigs carbon

20 July 2021

By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1 million cars.


UC Connect public talk: Left to their own devices

16 July 2021

Our ability to connect and communicate helps us to thrive and contribute to society in meaningful ways. What can parents do today to ensure a bright future for our tamariki in a fast-changing digital world?


Microplastics

16 July 2021

For Plastic Free July, we sat down with two of Aotearoa New Zealand's leading microplastics researchers to discuss the impact microplastics are having on our environment.


Professor Brett Robinson

14 July 2021

Waste products from New Zealand’s food processing industry – such as potato scraps and grape skins – could be transformed into high-value soil conditioners and animal feed, according to new University of Canterbury-led research.


Jenni Adams being presented with the Dan Walls medal

14 July 2021

Detecting tiny particles that are “messengers from space” using a giant detector buried under Antarctic ice has helped a University of Canterbury (UC) professor become the first woman to win a prestigious physics award.


Base isolation system

13 July 2021

A new, affordable building system to make New Zealand homes much safer in an earthquake, avoiding costly repairs and stressful insurance claims, is being tested at the University of Canterbury.


Professor Pavel Castka

13 July 2021

A research team led by University of Canterbury Professor Pavel Castka is developing a system to make audits easier for New Zealand businesses.


Shusheng Pang, Alex Yip

08 July 2021

University of Canterbury engineering researchers are developing a carbon-neutral – even carbon-negative – way to create clean ‘green’ hydrogen to power our world more sustainably.


R4MBS

08 July 2021

New Zealand engineering researchers are working on an innovative modular system to revolutionise the way we construct buildings; not just more rapidly, but also more environment-friendly, quake-resilient and recyclable.


Richard Green, Dan Zhao, Kelvin Barnside

06 July 2021

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) aka drones are revolutionising surveying and inspection tasks that once required manned aircraft. Two University of Canterbury academics are working to take this capability to the next level, to enable drones to use tools with high precision in mid-air in difficult changeable settings.


UC Connect 2021

05 July 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are tackling the knock-on effects of playing rugby by engineering a better way to protect young players’ brains from concussion.


Sabina Piras

02 July 2021

After the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes, there has been increased interest in creating more earthquake-resilient bridge infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand. In response, researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have developed a low-damage solution for bridges that would yield little to no damage if hit by a strong earthquake.


David Schiel and Mike Hickford

02 July 2021

New research into whitebait fishing will address whether whitebait are in decline and assess the impact of commercial and recreational whitebaiting on the long-term sustainability of the species.


Ben Scales and William Murrell

30 June 2021

Sustainable materials made from cabbage tree leaves and flax could soon be used to build high-performance skis and skateboards in Christchurch.


Professor Girish Prayag

30 June 2021

In an uncertain world, finding out what makes a business resilient will help owners and managers build a sustainable future.


Laurie McLay

30 June 2021

A University of Canterbury (UC) study has found that a reduction in sleep problems for children on the autism spectrum vastly improves those children’s behaviour and their parent’s wellbeing.


New tool helps computer workers upgrade their people skills

25 June 2021

An innovative training tool being developed at the University of Canterbury will help software developers brush up on their communication, teamwork and social skills.


cricket ball

24 June 2021

While the prevalence of injuries doesn't necessarily predict outcomes at the elite level, there is no doubt that preventing injuries is in the interest of individual players and the international teams they play for.


Bill Heffernan

24 June 2021

New Zealand’s dairy factories could be the big winners from a proposed new electromagnetic detection and imaging method aimed at boosting food safety systems. Working to develop the super-sensing method is a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Canterbury, Lincoln Agritech, University of Auckland and FoodSouth, along with international collaborators in Australia and the UK.


Deb Munro

23 June 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) innovators and their health technology solutions are the winners of 2021 HealthTech awards announced at a ceremony in Auckland last night.


JC Sturm

23 June 2021

A recently-discovered poem by Māori writer J.C. Sturm explains why colonisation wasn’t good for Māori. It was written seventy years ago.


Professor Peter Gostomski

22 June 2021

University of Canterbury research into making biofilters more efficient could be key to New Zealand meeting its climate change targets, and improving cattle farming long-term.


Dr Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke

21 June 2021

A new guide will help empower Aotearoa New Zealand's secondary teachers to engage students and facilitate culturally sensitive and inclusive learning settings, at their own pace and to suit their teaching needs.


Philip Sueltrop

17 June 2021

Launching in 2022, the University of Canterbury (UC) is offering a minor degree in Aerospace Engineering* as part of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.


Sarah Kessans

17 June 2021

Dr Sarah Kessans, a lecturer in the University of Canterbury’s School of Product Design, is passionate about growing stuff in space, ultimately food, fuel and pharmaceuticals to benefit society.


Professor Cheryl de la Rey

15 June 2021

New Zealand’s first annual hui on countering terrorism and violent extremism, He Whenua Taurikura, is being held in Christchurch this week.


Mohammad Sagor Hosen and Mark Staiger

14 June 2021

Laboratory testing to find out whether masks and other protective gear used against Covid-19 can be safely disinfected and potentially reused is under way at the University of Canterbury (UC).


Catherine Bishop

11 June 2021

Cutting-edge research into obtaining tech-critical metals from mixed oxides could play an important role in helping Aotearoa New Zealand transition to a zero-carbon country.


Women-Research-Symposium-Professor Ximena Nelson centre

09 June 2021

Women researchers from across Canterbury gathered at Haere-roa at the University of Canterbury (UC) today, 9 June, to share knowledge, learn from each other’s experience and engage in discussions about future research.


Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

09 June 2021

Congratulations to all the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 recipients, including several University of Canterbury academics, staff, graduates and friends of the university.


Aaron Marshall

09 June 2021

Research into the electrodes used in flow batteries at the University of Canterbury (UC) has the potential to help create cheaper, longer-life batteries for more renewable energy storage.


Sarah Wiki-Bennett and Tipene Merritt

09 June 2021

Research that benefits Māori helps all New Zealanders, say two Senior Kaiārahi Māori Research Advisors newly appointed at the University of Canterbury (UC).


University of Canterbury

09 June 2021

The University of Canterbury (UC) has improved its global rank among the world’s universities, rising 12 places in the latest QS World University Rankings released today.


Mona Yaghoubi and Jedrzej Bialkowski

08 June 2021

Investors in Muslim countries gain higher returns from the share market during Ramadan in a quirk that could be linked to a lift in mood during the religious festival, University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have found.


Trial plantation maple syrup test

08 June 2021

New Zealand’s potential as a maple syrup or birch syrup producer is being tested by researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC). A trial plantation has been established near Hanmer Springs, with more planned for Canterbury, Waikato and Rangitīkei. The UC team is also seeking to identify native tree extracts that could have uses in food or rongoā (medicine).


Dr Steve Pawson and Dr Graeme Woodward

04 June 2021

New technology being developed by a research team at the University of Canterbury could lead to deeper understanding of New Zealand’s threatened and endangered insects, paving the way to more effective conservation management.


Mike Maslin

31 May 2021

A new study will explore for the first time whether babies with hearing loss could also benefit from being tested for balance problems at an early age.


Plank

27 May 2021

University of Canterbury Professor Michael Plank, who has co-led essential Covid-19 modelling work in New Zealand, has won an Australasian award for outstanding research, expertise and distinguished service in the field of Applied Mathematics.


Sophie Horsfall and Tracey Hatton

26 May 2021

New research has revealed that many New Zealand businesses are left in the dark around how to make their workplaces earthquake safe.


Karben fibre

12 May 2021

A range of radical solutions are now a step closer to boosting the agricultural sector thanks to the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge. Prize winners were named at the Showcase on 11 May.


Dr Brad Miles

05 May 2021

Can Crusaders fans help their team triumph in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final against the Chiefs this weekend? University of Canterbury (UC) sports psychology lecturer Dr Brad Miles explores the advantage of playing at home.


Building a Better Brain

01 May 2021

This UC Connect public lecture is postponed.


Gretchen Perry

22 April 2021

Grandparents often play an important role in childcare, but some are more involved than others, University of Canterbury Social Work Associate Professor Gretchen Perry has found.


Judge Becroft

21 April 2021

The 2021 symposium brought together world-renown researchers across fields of education, children's language development, psychology, Pasifika, nutrition, quality sleep, pre-term baby support, public health, and speech-language therapy, and highlighted the exciting interdisciplinary developments in facilitating young children’s success and well-being. Hon Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner, inspired the audience in his keynote address on Day 1 of the symposium.


Huong Dang, Jedrzej Bialkowski, Xiaopeng Wei

20 April 2021

Three University of Canterbury (UC) financial economists have shed light on a puzzling relationship between economic policy uncertainty and the Volatility Index (VIX) - fear gauge of the stock market, and how the quality of political signals impacts on this relationship in a new research paper.


Covid-19

13 April 2021

A national research team, including several University of Canterbury (UC) researchers, has won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize 2020 for their mathematical simulation of Covid-19 infection modelling and their communication work.


PhD engineering graduate Kyeong Te Kim

09 April 2021

A Christchurch study showing clear differences between the lungs of premature boy and girl babies has helped Kyeong Tae Kim achieve his PhD and could also lead to improvements in the treatment of infants born early.


Professor Gail Gillon

07 April 2021

From quality sleep to developing language, experts will share their expertise on many aspects of child well-being at a symposium at the University of Canterbury (UC) this week.


Associate Professor Laurie McKay

30 March 2021

One in four children on the autism spectrum in Aotearoa New Zealand are given melatonin to help them sleep, a new University of Canterbury (UC) study has found.


UC logo on building

30 March 2021

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has chosen University of Canterbury (UC) PhD student Fatma Abdelaal as a rising-star researcher of the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.


David Pomeroy

17 March 2021

Not all students in Aotearoa New Zealand are free to dream about their future it seems, with many limiting themselves to harmful and outdated gender and ethnicity-based stereotypes.


“Daybreak at Christchurch, New Zealand, 19 April 2007” by In Memoriam: PhillipC

17 March 2021

New research led by the University of Canterbury (UC) takes a closer look at Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response to determine whether our one-size-fits-all ‘lockdown’ policy is fit for purpose.


Ratuva

11 March 2021

Warm congratulations to University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Gail Gillon FRSNZ and Professor Steven Ratuva FRSNZ on being elected Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows of the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.


Crittenden

11 March 2021

Anyone who’s experienced a sharp swab up the nose and a tense, isolated wait for results will surely be interested in a pain-free COVID test with a speedy result delivered in minutes, not days.


ffa

09 March 2021

Innovation in the food, fibre and agritech sector looks set to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the sector thanks to ideas submitted to the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge. With more than 50 high quality applications from across the country, Challenge partners ChristchurchNZ, KiwiNet, AgResearch and the Canterbury Mayoral Forum have been delighted by the revolutionary thinking from both private enterprise and researchers.


Rebecca Lindsay

24 February 2021

A University of Canterbury engineering project has helped to develop the first prototype of a portable power unit to help deploy more effective mobile radio transmitters into emergency situations for the Red Cross.


Moana

02 February 2021

Over the summer, Cantabrians have seen painted penguins ‘popping up’ around the streets and public spaces of Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula. However, one small penguin has a special solo mission – to help fund penguin research.


CBishop

28 January 2021

From transducers to ultrasonic motors, ferroelectric ceramics are at the heart of today’s consumer electronics yet what causes these versatile materials to age and degrade is poorly understood. With most containing toxic lead, cleaner alternatives are also urgently needed.


Pan Zheng

27 January 2021

How is a Canterbury Business School lecturer with a background in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) helping to speed up the development of medicines?


Magela Creek Floodplain

26 January 2021

Ancient food scraps found at Australia’s earliest site of human occupation, in the Kakadu region, are helping researchers generate rainfall records dating back 65,000 years.


UC Mike Streel Charles Semple

21 January 2021

Two University of Canterbury (UC) mathematicians have been granted $710,000 from Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, to investigate mathematical models for extinction events in the tree of life. Using a mathematical and algorithmic framework, Distinguished Professor Mike Steel and Professor Charles Semple hope to address some fundamental questions in biodiversity theory and conservation.


TomWilson

20 January 2021

University of Canterbury scientists unleashing volcanic ballistics onto Kiwi roofs hope to help Aucklanders understand and manage their volcanic hazards.


NZILBB

14 January 2021

In a first of its kind study, two University of Canterbury (UC) research institutes - the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) and Child Well-being Research Institute – will be investigating these fascinating shifts in accent from age 5.


EM Bird

21 December 2020

A Kiwi research team has, for the first time ever, used a fixed wing aircraft to measure the thickness of a huge area of sea ice in Antarctica.


Hay King

19 December 2020

Even when they can’t speak te reo Māori, New Zealanders have a surprisingly sophisticated knowledge of the language, newly published University of Canterbury research shows.


Steven Ratuva

16 November 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) Professor has won recognition from the Royal Society Te Apārangi for his passion for equality and outstanding research into ethnicity and racism.


Jack Copeland

16 November 2020

Groundbreaking research exploring the early history of computers and artificial intelligence has won a University of Canterbury (UC) Professor recognition from the Royal Society Te Apārangi.


UC Engineering Core

11 November 2020

Six University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have been awarded a total of $3.85 million in 2020 Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Funding towards five ground-breaking research projects.


QuakeCoRE

09 October 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) has been awarded $31.5 million of government funding over seven years to continue hosting Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE, a national centre of research excellence for earthquake resilience.


Richard Green

01 October 2020

Announced today, a group of international scientists from New Zealand and Singapore is collaborating on a three-year project, funded by MBIE, to use data science and remote sensing to automatically model and analyse tree species and their interactions with environment.


Elena Moltchanova, Christoph Bartneck

01 October 2020

Would you trust your life to an autonomous vehicle? Do you understand how it will respond in dangerous situations? Are you willing to get in without knowing the risks?


Alessandro Palermo, Cain Stratford, UC Engineering

29 September 2020

Surrounded by ocean, most of New Zealand’s reinforced-concrete infrastructure lies close to the coast, making it susceptible to corrosion. Could new glass-based reinforcing hold the answer?


Neville Watson

16 September 2020

University of Canterbury Engineering Professor Neville Watson is leading a seven-year project to ensure modern renewable energy can be integrated into the country’s century-old electrical grid to future-proof the power supply and benefit every New Zealander.


Ventilators

16 September 2020

A simple, low-cost, open source, 3D-printed solution developed by University of Canterbury engineers could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world.


Word2020

11 September 2020

The WORD Christchurch Spring Festival is about to burst forth with stories, ideas, poetry and song. The recently announced festival line-up features many University of Canterbury scholars and writers, including Canterbury University Press authors, and is selling out fast.


Cybele Freitas

09 September 2020

New Zealand should be wary of making a leap into electronic voting in the future, despite hopes it could boost voter turnout and speed up results, a University of Canterbury (UC) Masters student says.


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31 August 2020

Studying how tiny amounts of liquid move through precisely engineered soft plastic chips is an exciting new field for scientists, particularly when applied to molecular and cell biology. In a science-meets-art twist, University of Canterbury researchers are now also unlocking the aesthetic potential of microfluidics, turning petite research aides into micro masterpieces.


Aaron Marshall

27 August 2020

Two University of Canterbury innovations are among the 12 finalists selected for the eighth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown research institutes and other research organisations.


Antarctica Crabeater seal

13 August 2020

A New Zealand-led international study of the crabeater seal population in Antarctica aims to understand environmental impacts on one of the southern-most mammals in the world.


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.