Institutes and centres
Much of UC's world-class research is carried at out within our research centres, groups and institutes.
- National research centres are partnerships between UC and other NZ universities.
- Research institutes and centres conduct research across several colleges or across all of UC.
- Research groups or labs focus on subjects within one college.
Browse UC's research centres, groups and institutes
Filter the list below of centres, groups and institutes by college to explore UC's research or see our research areas page.
The centre promotes biomathematics and biostatistics, with collaborative projects between biologists and staff in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Biomolecular Interaction Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of molecular interactions critical to biological function.
Hosted in the Department of Geography, this centre undertakes teaching and collaborative research into atmospheric processes.
The Centre for Bioengineering aims to be an internationally recognised interdisciplinary research centre of excellence, dedicated to servicing the biotech/bioengineering industry in New Zealand and throughout the world.
The Centre for Integrated Research on Biosafety aims to contribute to the increased understanding and more effective management of emerging biotechnologies.
The centre is a partnership between the School of Biological Sciences and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to promote and enhance excellence in aquaculture and marine ecological research.
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 purpose of the centre is to promote and support the education of electric power engineers and the study of power engineering at the University as a field of excellence in New Zealand.
The overall aim of the Food, Policy and Wellbeing Research Cluster (FPW) is to examine the nexus between food, policy and wellbeing. In particular, this cluster explores how innovative food policies in the various stages of production, distribution and consumption can impact on wellbeing in empowering and beneficial ways. The team is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, people focused, and will focus on a series of interconnected problems.
The Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research aims to contribute to increased understanding and more effective management of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean.
The GeoHealth Laboratory undertakes applied research in the areas of health geography, spatial epidemiology and Geographical Information Systems.
The Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) Toi Hangarau is a multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to outward-facing, collaborative geospatial research and innovation.
The HITLabNZ is an annex of the HitLab of the University of Washington and has been established to take advantage of opportunities to develop new and more effective and intuitive interfaces to link humans with computers and computer-based systems.
The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies facilitates the investigation and research of the history, traditions, customs, laws and ideas of the peoples of the Pacific generally.
This multidisciplinary centre exists to stimulate and develop postgraduate research in a range of European topics and to raise awareness of Europe within New Zealand.
New Zealand is a country with many natural hazards. Researchers are involved in the study of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and the engineering of structures to mitigate risk.
The New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour is a multidisciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language.
The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) was established in August 2011 as a joint initiative between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury. The NTRC was founded for the purpose of being a leader in indigenous scholarship and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu.
This centre is the only one of its kind in New Zealand, focusing on the study of non-human animals and human-animal relations, from both humanities and social science perspectives.
The New Zealand South Asia Centre is designed to promote recognition and understanding of South Asian societies and cultures in New Zealand.
QuakeCoRE is a Centre of Research Excellence for earthquake resilience and is a joint effort between Auckland University and UC.
The University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research at St Georges Medical Centre was established in 2014 due to the generosity of Mrs Shirley Rose, who spent many of her final years tending to the disability created by stroke in her husband.
The Spatial Engineering Research Centre, housed within the College of Engineering, undertakes research that focuses on geospatial technologies and disciplines, including positioning and orientation, imaging and image analysis, communications and signal analysis, sensor integration and geospatial information systems (GIS).
Hosted within UC's Social Work faculty, the centre aims to expand and enhance community understanding of various forms of violence and to offer evidence-based information about how violence might be prevented and reduced.
The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is a national network of top New Zealand materials scientists. Materials science underpins high-tech manufacturing. The institute enables materials scientists to collaborate between disciplines and across institutions to push the frontiers of materials science.
The Waterways Centre is a joint initiative between the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. It is a centre for both research and education.
The WRC is working towards being an internationally recognised, world-class centre of excellence in industry-led wireless research that supports and delivers focused innovative research, whilst growing the pool and knowledge of wireless graduates.