Otago Polytechnic Research


We are pleased to announce that we have joined the international DESIS Network of research institutions which are actively engaged in research with a focus on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability. Our DESIS Otago Coordinator is Associate Professor Caro McCaw. We look forward to the opportunities to strengthen our research in this area through more international collaborations.

An example of a project that incorporates principles of design, social innovation and sustainability is Professor Mary Butler's research into vision screening of children by their peers in school. You are invited to hear Mary talk about her work at her Inaugural Professorial Event on 26 March. Click here to find out more about this event and to register to attend.

As well as our research stories, this month we've included a story about features of the Hub on our Dunedin campus. Artist and design consultant Simon Kaan talks about these in a video, Te Ara Honohono.

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


  1. Eyes right

    Some New Zealand children don't have the glasses they need for their schoolwork. Read more…
  2. Making meaning

    Design features in our Hub help connect us with our place in the world and with each other. Read more…
  3. Sales strategies

    A local store has received tailored advice from one of our Business students. Read more…
  4. Animal instincts

    Rachel Hope Allan has given up visiting zoos. Read more…
  5. Strengthening communities

    Our Occupational Therapy students carried out two initiatives in partnership with a community organisation. Read more…
  6. What lies beneath

    Liquefaction of soil can contribute to earthquake damage. Read more…
  7. Carpark redesign

    Local company Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) has been working with our students on this and other projects. Read more…
  8. A heads up

    You can help someone recovering from concussion. Read more…
  9. Scootering safely

    How might e-scooter users reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others? Read more…