AUT research benefits businesses and communities.

AUT has many qualified and accessible research specialists, high-end technical facilities and talented students looking to work with organisations on real projects and problems. Our academics apply rigorous, applied research to your project or product, often helping it to evolve at a faster rate and leading to innovations you hadn’t even dreamt of.

If your company, community group or project could benefit from world-class thinking – get in touch with us today. Our expertise might just be the catalyst needed to get things into top gear.

Going for gold

Winning gold on the world stage is the goal for most professional athletes. AUT Millennium and High Performance New Zealand are helping make this goal a reality for Kiwis through a circular partnership that has research informing practice and practice informing future research.

Building the most liveable city

AUT and Auckland Council have a multi-layered partnership that intersects many divisions and departments across both organisations. Research that assists Auckland Council’s decision making is one layer of interaction that helps build the most liveable city. 


Future Technologies

AUT and Spark Ventures have partnered to explore how different technologies can solve real-world issues. Applying research to business practice and vice versa is how AUT and Spark Ventures are working together towards creating future technologies that will make a difference.

Investing in a multilingual future

As globalisation continues to blur trading lines, communicating in a number of languages is becoming the norm. AUT and Comet Auckland recognise the importance of investing in systems and structures that prepare New Zealanders for a multilingual future.

Identifying stroke risk

Professor Valery Feigin - AUT researchers have developed an app to calculate stroke risk factors. The Stroke Riskometer was selected by leading doctors as a top health app for 2014 from 100,000+ apps available. The Stroke Riskometer app is available to download on both iOS & Androidplatforms.

Māori voices in media

Dr Ella Henry and Robert Pouwhare - Te Ara Poutama is AUT's Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development. The faculty works with industries to produce ibooks and ebooks, using new media to tell culturally relevant stories. The digital learning app Te Whanake was developed by the National Māori Language Institute at AUT to make Māori language education accessible anywhere, anytime. Te Whanake app is available to download for tablet devices in the Apple app store and Google Play.

Workplace health and productivity

Professor Grant Schofield - AUT and Vitality are researching programmes to improve workplace wellbeing and productivity. Vitality offers workplace advice and services in NZ and Australia.

Collaborative and creative industries

Associate Professors Charles Walker and Frances Joseph - Colab is AUT’s catalyst for collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship in design and creative technologies. Colab staff and students create inventions every day with new technology.

Future Work Spaces
Professor Tim Bentley - Learn how AUT’s NZ Work Research Institute worked with Geoff Lawrie of Cisco Systems NZ to look at the benefits of teleworking for their staff and business modelling. Over 1700 teleworkers and approximately 100 managers of teleworkers were surveyed on flexible work practices. The survey was funded by Cisco in NZ and Australia. The research resulted in increased telework productivity and job satisfaction.

Sustainable Seafood Harvesting
Assoc Professor Lindsey White - Learn how AUT’s research helped Isaac Piper and Cloudy Bay Clams push their business forward in sustainable harvesting. AUT has conducted a range of projects, including a Biomass survey. As a result of the research, the quota increased from 60 tonnes to 2800 tonnes, and led to economic benefits for the local community and country.

Measuring road safety quality
Associate Professor Loulin Huang - AUT and Fulton Hogan are developing a safer, faster and more accurate way to measure road surface quality. A portable hand-held model is currently being created.

Sleep discover solutions
Professor Ahmed Al-Jumaily - AUT research explores four main areas involving respiratory and sinus conditions, in conjunction with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare; world leaders in sleep apnea technology. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks provide uninterrupted breathing.

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More about our featured academics and the research institutes, faculties, businesses and schools they’re connected to.


Grant Schofield

Director of the Human Potential Centre

Tim Bentley
Director of the NZ Work Research Institute
AUT Business School

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How to connect with AUT researchers?

AUT Enterprises Limited (AUTEL)
We can help you reach the right people within AUT’s vast network of specialists and advise on commercialisation, tech transfer, consultant services, AUT facilities use, student enterprise and virtual incubation of start-up companies.

Commercialisation and Tech Transfer
Enrico Tronchin
Business Operations Manager
Phone: +64 9 921 9528

Consultant Services
Tom Davidson
Business Development Manager
Phone: +64 9 921 9519

Student Enterprise
Sabrina Nagel
Student Enterprise Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 6465

General Enquiries

AUT Research & Innovation Office (RIO)
We work in partnership with industry and business towards mutual benefits, such as the creation or development of new products, services, business models etc. We can put you in touch with the right people across AUT, and can help build teams/consortia for bidding for funding and for project delivery.

Contract Research
John Bancroft
Manager, Industry Engagement
Phone: +64 9 921 9398

General Enquiries
Phone: 0800 AUT Research

AUT Research & Innovation

We work in partnership with industry and business towards mutual benefits, such as the creation or development of new products, services, business models etc. We can put you in touch with the right people across AUT, and can help build teams/consortia for bidding for funding and for project delivery.

Business Development

Suzanne Moore
Development Director - Business Development
Phone: +64 9 921 9031
Mobile: 021491401

Suzanne can introduce you to the right people at AUT – so if you have an enquiry – give her a call.

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*Opportunities for workplace experience exist in many AUT programmes. It is best to contact key teaching staff to discuss your project first. The easiest way to do this is to contact the school that your project might align to (for example Business) and call the school’s reception. See school contact details here

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Last updated: 29-Jul-2016 2.46pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.