Otago Polytechnic Research


Lockdown has affected our researchers in different ways and sadly has meant we have had to postpone Associate Professor Jean Ross' professorial lecture. We will let you know when this has been rescheduled.

Whether you're busier than usual due to lockdown, or have more time on your hands, we hope you get a chance to browse this month's uplifting stories of research by our staff and students. A big thank you to Lesley Brook and our other writers who engage with our researchers and communities to bring their stories into the public domain via our Relevant Research e-magazine.

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


  1. On the move

    A new robot seeks to engage people with simple questions. Read more…
  2. A weighty issue

    What are the implications of having a "big" baby? Read more…
  3. Perspective on the past

    Our students have been delving into the history of humans' relationship with one local site. Read more…
  4. The role of the model

    Making has a key role in design education within the context of the Architecture and Fashion design studios. Read more…
  5. Self-determined learning

    Is traditional degree education broken? How might we fix it? Read more…
  6. Chop chop

    Four Mechanical Engineering students built their own hydraulic wood splitter. Read more…
  7. A hand up

    A five finger model will help new occupational therapists make evidence-based decisions. Read more…
  8. Let's talk about depression

    Coping with a newborn baby is not always smiles and joy. Read more…
  9. Bruno's Thin Skin

    French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour describes the precarious niche we inhabit on the thin skin of the Earth as a biofilm. Read more…