Funding grants for research projects

Waikato Management School staff and postgraduate students receive research funding from various organisations for a diverse range of projects.

Funding has been received from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the prestigious Marsden Fund (managed by the Royal Society), Health Research Council, as well as government departments and agencies (e.g. Waikato Regional Council, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand)

Examples of Waikato Management School's key research programmes are listed in the table below:

Research programme

Principal investigator (or Associate Investigator)

Source of grant


Moving the Middle: Empowering rural land managers to act in complex landscapes

Dr Zack DornerNational Science Challenge (Subcontract: Landcare Research)2022-2026

PhD Student Support – A Resilient Aotearoa New Zealand Transport System

Dr Cécile L'Hermitte

Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE2022-2025
Healthier Lives Implementation Research NetworkProfessor John OetzelNational Science Challenge (Healthier Lives)2022-2024

Rapid Alcohol Home Delivery (RAHD) in New Zealand

Associate Professor Michael CameronTe Hiranga Hauora  /  Health Promotion Agency2022-2024
Survey of Rural Decision MakersDr Zack DornerLandcare Research NZ2022-2023
Managing Freight Bottlenecks and Transport Capacity Shortage in the Wake of a Major Earthquake

Dr Cécile L'Hermitte (Project Leader) & Dr Nadia Trent (Project Investigator)

Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE2022-2024
Nge Pae o te MaramatangaProfessor Chellie SpillerUniversity of Auckland2022-2024
Social Capital and Budgeting in a Local ChurchAssociate Professor Umesh SharmaAccounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)2022-2023
Establishing the parameters for a research implementation network (National Science Challenge – Healthier Lives)Professor John OetzelUniversity of Otago (sub-contract)2022
Student Support GrantDr Zack DornerLandcare Research NZ2022
Building wellbeing via financial empowerment: The case of Māori youth in Aotearoa/New ZealandDr Nirosha Hewa Wellalage & Dr Vijay KumarAccounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)2021-2022

ACT to Improve Recovery after Traumatic Brain Injury

Associate Professor Maree RocheHealth Research Council (Subcontract: Auckland University of Technology)2021 – 2022
Reducing Methane Emissions from Enteric Fermentation in Grazing Ruminants – Student SupportDr Zack DornerDairy NZ2021 - 2022
Women’s Career Progression at FENZ: What is Already Known, Where are the Gaps?Dr Suzette DyerFire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)2021
Health Equity and Wellbeing Among Older People’s Caregivers During COVID-19Dr Mary SimpsonHealth Research Council (Subcontract: University of Auckland)2021
Empower New Zealand to Demand and Enact Environmental Stewardship and KaitiakitangaDr Zack DornerNational Science Challenge: Biological Heritage (Subcontract: Landcare Research NZ Ltd)2020 – 2024
Āmiomio Aotearoa, A Circular Economy for the Wellbeing of New ZealandProf Les Oxley (Research Leader); Prof Juliet Roper, Assoc. Prof(s). Eva Collins & Steve Tucker, Dr Zack Dorner (named researchers)Endeavour Fund, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)2020 – 2025
Working to End Racial OppressionDr(s) Maree Roche and Niyi Alimi (named researchers)Endeavour Fund, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)2020 – 2025
Tikanga in TechnologyProfessor Tim Coltman (named researcher)Endeavour Fund, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)

2020 – 2024

He Kainga PaI Rawa: Building Better Homes, Towns and CitiesProfessor John Oetzel, and Dr Mary SimpsonNational Science Challenge2020 – 2024
Mis-Counting ChinaProfessor John GibsonRoyal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)2020 - 2023
“He Kainga Pai Rawa” Building Community Research Capacity for HousingProfessor John Oetzel and Dr Mary SimpsonMinistry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)2020 – 2022
Developing the Legal and Policy Framework for Introducing a Union DefaultProfessor Mark HarcourtNew Zealand Law Foundation2020 – 2022
Behavioral Heterogeneity Revisited: What Factors Drive Investors as Fundamentalists or Chartists?Associate Professor Leon Li

Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand

2020 – 2021
A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Organisational-Level InterventionsDr Maree RocheUniversity of Auckland Subcontract

2020 – 2021

Resilient and Adaptable Transport Across Modes: Existing Barriers, Key Enablers and Supply Chain Benefits in New ZealandDr Cecile L’HermitteQuake CoRE (Subcontract University of Canterbury)2020
Whai RawaProfessor Chellie SpillerNga Pae o Te Maramatanga2020 - 2021
Research and Collaboration ServicesProfessor Chris RyanBeijing Union University2019 – 2025
Kaumatua Mana Motuhake Poi: Enhancing wellbeing, social connectedness and cultural identityProfessor John Oetzel and Dr(s) Mary Simpson, Michael Cameron and Yingsha ZhangUniversity of Otago2019 – 2022
British Academy of Management Small GrantsDr Amanda WilliamsonBritish Academy of Management2019 - 2021
A Kaupapa Maori Approach to Human Resource Management Practices in AotearoaDr Maree RocheNga Pae o Te Maramatanga2019 – 2020
Product Market Competition and non-GAAP reporting

Dr Terence Feng

Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand2019 – 2020
The Indigenous Model of Business SustainabilityDr Nirosha Hewa-WellalageAccounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand2019 – 2020
KTKR Kaumatua and inter-generational housing needsProfessor John Oetzel

Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust

Promoting Effective Maori LeadershipProfessor Chellie SpillerNga Pae o Te Maramatanga2019
Demographic projections of TA and SA2 level based on 2019 Census dataAssociate Professor Michael CameronWaikato Regional Council2018 – 2021
Implications of Supplementary Feeding and Cropping in Grazing Systems in New ZealandProfessor Graeme Doole/Dr Zach DornerDairyNZ2018 – 2019
Technology and Innovation Management in High Risk SituationProfessor Tim ColtmanUniversity of Wollongong2018 – 2019
Centring Culture in Public Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation: Re-shaping the Future of Insurance in NZProfessor Debashish MunshiNIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) Auckland2017 – 2019
Kaumatua Mana Motuhake: Kaumatua Managing Life Transitions Through Tuakana-Teina/Peer Education . Professor John Oetzel and Dr Mary Simpson (AIs) Ageing Well National Science Challenge 2017 - 2019
He Kainga Pai Rawa: A Really Good Home Dr Mary Simpson Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust  2017 - 2018
Virtual Health Care Trail to Prevent Recurrent Rheumatic Heart Disease amongst Waikato Young People with Rheumatic Fever Professor John Oetzel Waikato Medical Research Foundation 2017

He Pikanga Waiora: Making Health Interventions Work for Maori Communities

Professor John Oetzel 

Healthier Lives National Science Challenge 2016 - 2019
People, Cities and Nature: Restoring Indigenous Nature in Urban Environments

Associate Professor Eva Collins (AI)

Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2016 - 2020
Improved Evidence-Base for Food Security Planning

Professor John Gibson

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2016 - 2017
Whangarei One-Way Door Policy Evaluation

Associate Professor Michael Cameron

Health Promotion Agency 2016 - 2017
Freshwater Economic Research and Academic Support

Professor Graeme Doole

Ministry for the Environment 2015 - 2019
Do New Zealanders Take Climate Change Seriously? Professor Debashish Munshi Deep South National Science Challenge 2017-2019
The Price is Right? Professor John Gibson Marsden 2015-2017
SSAA and Alcohol Outlet Density Dr Michael Cameron Health Promotion Agency 2014-2016
Testing the Validity and Robustness of National Wellbeing and Sustainability Measures Professor Les Oxley MOTU 2013-2016
National Value of Customer Reliability (VCR) Review Professor Riccardo Scarpa  Australian Energy Market Operator 2013-2014
Nitrogen Allocation and Trading Mechanisms Dr Dan Marsh  Dairy NZ 2013-2014
The Impact of Behavioural and Environmental Change on Health: Indoor and Outdoor Pollution and Immigrant Asthma in New Zealand Professor John Gibson Marsden 2012-2015