Otago Polytechnic Research


We are delighted to announce the appointments of new Professors and Associate Professors at Otago Polytechnic. Our new Professors are Jean Ross, previously an Associate Professor, and Yvonne Thomas, in Nursing and Occupational Therapy respectively. Francesca Brown, Glenys Ker, Hayden Croft, Kelli Te Maihāroa, Phil Handcock and Suzanne Miller Adrian Woodhouseare now Associate Professors. Congratulations to them all.

Later this year we'll invite you to inaugural professorial lectures for Jean and Yvonne and for Jo Kirkwood who was appointed late last year. Meanwhile, enjoy reading the selection of staff and student research stories in this month's issue of our e-magazine.

Prof Leoni Schmidt
Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies
ISSN 2624-084X


  1. Trend-setters at work

    A study shows that our graduate fashion designers are disrupting the status quo in the fashion industry. Read more…
  2. Fairy Tales (The Dark Side)

    In her Master of Visual Arts research, Alice Jones presents a modern interpretation of two fairy tales. Read more…
  3. With purpose in mind

    An existing site inspired two different designs for a purpose-built building. Read more…
  4. PD preferences

    Tertiary teaching staff's preferred modes of delivery of professional development opportunities change as they become more experienced. Read more…
  5. Trade Aid

    Our Design students have been helping those who are themselves helping others. Read more…
  6. Gamification of hygiene

    Can we save lives lost in hospitals around the world due to infections, by offering healthcare workers prizes to use hand sanitizer? Read more…
  7. Counting the beat

    The development of a new app will enable runners to match their running cadence to the beats-per-minute of popular music. Read more…
  8. Kindness in the community

    A small community in the United Kingdom is showing consideration for its residents' mental health. Read more…
  9. Transferable capabilities

    Employers need authentic evidence of potential employees' transferable capabilities. Read more…