UC Research - Impact in a Changing World

Research & Innovation

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UC Research Strengths

The University of Canterbury delivers creative and innovative research for the benefit of both local and global communities. Our academic leaders are courageous, forward-thinking and generous with their knowledge. They explore their fields of expertise with integrity and vigour, encourage conversations and challenges, and share their discoveries with the intent of creating better outcomes for everyone. The University's strategic vision commits the University of Canterbury to continue and strengthen its focus on six research themes.

The world has never been as connected as it is today. In response to globalisation, language and communication is rapidly shifting and evolving, making linguistics an exciting field of study. The University of Canterbury is at the forefront of language research, exploring the connection between language and society, how language changes over time and the systems of speech sounds.

Read more about Brain, Behaviour and Language.

Young people are the future. University of Canterbury researchers are committed to exploring developmental and learning indicators of infants through to adolescents in areas including behaviour, nutrition, language and education.

Read more about Child Development.

UC researchers contribute to promoting resilience for communities, institutions, ecosystems, and governments by building capacity to reduce the short- and long-term consequences of disruptions in a manner that is just and sustainable.

Read more about Resilient Cities and Communities

In a world of increasing connectedness the impact of inequality, inequity and injustice is more visible than ever. Equality and social justice is the aspiration of fairness across society – access to health care, equal pay, housing, employment opportunities and criminal justice.

Read more about Equality and Social Justice.

UC research addresses the science and policies of climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental sustainability, and the involvement of stakeholders in developing long-term sustainable futures.  

Read more about Sustainable Futures.

UC research includes the development of ethically aligned technology for economic, environmental, or societal innovation to transform and support human advancement. Particular expertise includes research in the areas of aerospace, alternative food sources, and renewable energy technologies.  

Read more about Technology to Advance Humanity.

UC research includes a whole-of-life focus on the holistic state of physical, mental, and social well-being including strategies and interventions required to promote, protect, and restore public health and well-being. 

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