Category Archives: Research


UC is a member of the ACU. Information about their latest news, opportunities (including grants and funding) and events are available on their website.

This month:

  • Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants – applications now open
  • Early Career Conference Grants – apply now
  • Reflections from COP26: Climate Research Cohort members
  • Language-based equity in African health research webinar
  • Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth
    Scholarships – applications open next week
  • Integrating indigenous knowledge with academia, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

and more.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

Call for PhD Project Proposals to UC Academics

Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau PhD Scholarship

(Total $35,000 scholarship plus fees plus $4,000 other expenses)

Call for PhD Project Proposals to UC academics

The Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) aims to collaborate with other UC departments by offering a GRI scholarship. This scholarship consists of a UC PhD scholarship ($28,000 per annum) plus a GRI top-up scholarship[1] (currently $7,000 per annum) plus an additional $4,000 from GRI for travel or other research related expenses.

The funding will be awarded to one PhD candidate under the following conditions:

  • The candidate meets all UC criteria for enrolment in the PhD programme.
  • The candidate applies for the GRI PhD scholarship and the UC PhD scholarship. The GRI PhD project topics and GRI funding information will be available on the GRI website (
  • The candidate has been approved by a Senior Supervisor at UC.

UC academics are invited to submit a project idea to the GRI, where the selection process will start. One scholarship will be awarded to the best applicant for one of the shortlisted project proposals.

Procedure, Submission & Project Selection

Attached to this document is the section “PhD Project Proposal”. Please add your information and submit your project proposal and all relevant data via email to the GRI manager (, no later than Friday, 3 December 2021. The proposals will be reviewed and shortlisted by the GRI Leadership Team the week after submission. Members from the GRI Leadership Team are not excluded to submit a PhD Project Proposal, but they will not be involved in evaluation of their own submission.

After the evaluation process, the GRI will communicate if your proposal is on the list of possible PhD topics to be advertised on the GRI website. The advertisement will include the Senior Supervisor’s name and contact details. Any student interested in one of the advertised projects is encouraged to contact the Senior Supervisor to discuss the topic, and their suitability. The Senior Supervisor can then advise the student to apply or not, based on the student’s suitability.  The closing deadline for students to apply is Thursday, 31 March 2022, 5 pm NZ Time

Project Proposal selection criteria

The GRI leadership team will shortlist projects based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty in the geospatial field
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Link with organisations outside UC, e.g. industry, community groups or government. This is not required, but an advantage.
  • Vision Mātauranga partners or/and component is not required, but an advantage
  • One supervisor should have some experience with geospatial analysis. The GRI can support this process. If required, please get in touch with the GRI Manager (see details below).


If you have any questions, then please get in touch with Dr Melanie Tomintz, Manager GRI. Email:; Phone-ext.: 93824

[1] The three year scholarship stipend and grants are pro rated if the recipient is enrolled for fewer than 120 points in any year.

PhD Project Proposal

 Title of Project

<The title should have a maximum of 30 words>

 UC Senior Supervisor (Project Leader), Department/School

<Title and name of principle supervisor / person who proposes this project according to UC guidelines>

 Other members of the supervision team (if applicable), Department/School

<Insert text here>

 Links with organisations outside UC (if applicable)

<Insert text here>

 Outline Vision Mātauranga (if applicable)

<Insert text here>

 Project outline (around 300 words)

<Describe the proposed scope of the PhD research project – (it is expected that the exact nature of the research project will develop through discussion between the student and supervisors). Make sure to highlight the GIS component, novelty and transdisciplinary of the proposed research.>

UC increases ranking in five subject areas

UC has achieved an increase in ranking in half of the subject areas we are ranked in by Times Higher Education (THE).

Over the last month THE have been releasing the 2022 global subject rankings and UC has improved its ranking in five subject areas including, Psychology (301-400 from 401-500), Computer Science (401-500 from 501-600), Social Sciences (176-200 from 201-250), Business and Economics (151-175 from 201-250), and Arts and Humanities (251-300 from 301-400).

While Life Sciences, and Clinical and Health have dropped in ranking this year, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Education have retained the same ranking as in 2021.

2022 THE Global Subject Rankings:

  • Psychology – 301-400
  • Computer Science – 401-500
  • Social Sciences – 176-200
  • Business and Economics – 151-175
  • Arts and Humanities – 251-300
  • Physical Sciences – 501-600
  • Engineering – 601-800
  • Education – 301-400
  • Life Sciences – 401-500
  • Clinical and Health – 301-400

About Times Higher Education rankings

The THE World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide a list of the world’s best universities in a number of areas, with an emphasis on the research mission.

Universities are evaluated against 13 separate performance indicators, covering the essential areas of a university’s activity: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The overall THE World University Rankings, featuring more than 1,500 institutions, are accompanied by a series of subject-specific rankings.

Visit the Times Higher Education website for more information

You can still submit your contacts for the 2022 QS ranking survey

Every year as a University we collect 400 names of international academics and 400 graduate employers to take part in the QS World University and Subject Rankings.

We are currently collecting names for the 2022 survey and we could use your help. To submit your contacts, all you need to do is fill in the newly developed web form to provide their details – Submit your contacts by Friday 26 November using the appropriate web form for what the contact would be contributing to:

The web form also includes the following permissions options:

  • UC will request permission of your contact to share their details with QS.
  • You will request your contact’s permission to share their details with QS.

Survey responses contribute to the University’s academic reputation, making up 40% and employer reputation, making up 10% of the QS ranking metric.

In 2020 the University ranked 258 in the QS Global University Ranking, increasing its position from 270 in 2019. Improving the reputation and ranking of the University is a key objective of the Strategic Vision and will contribute to attracting research funding, international academics and students at undergraduate and postgraduate level to UC.

If you have any questions about the process to collect names for the 2022 QS World University and Subject Rankings, please email

StatsNZ Census data user seminars

The StatsNZ 2023 Census Customer Engagement team are hosting seminars for Census data users, with presentations from Census Insights, Methodology and Transformation teams. These technical seminars are intended for more advanced users of census data – for example analysts, researchers, and advisors; from local and central government, educational institutions, and other customers who have an interest in our 2023 Census content, methods and data quality.

Topics have been grouped into two sessions. You are welcome to attend either or both sessions and we will be hosting lunch at our face-to-face sessions.

Dates and locations: 
Wednesday 27 October: Wellington
Thursday 28 October: Online via Zoom
Thursday 4 November: Christchurch
Wednesday 10 November: Online via Zoom
Thursday 11 November: Auckland

To register for a session please fill out the following online form Census Technical User Seminar registration form or email Jessie at

Please note:
Numbers at face-to-face sessions are limited to allow for COVID Alert Level 2 restrictions.  Should any location be at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or 4, sessions will be moved online or postponed.

Session 1: 10am to 12 o’clock

  1. Census Final Content

A summary of the 2023 Census of Population and Dwellings final content, including what has changed and what is new.

  1. New and updated Concepts

2023 Census will include new and updated gender and sex concepts. This session will provide an opportunity for data users to discuss and provide feedback on:

  • The overall approach to collecting the new concepts
  • Potential imputation methodology
  • Proposed dissemination and products for the new concepts
  • Families and Households and Couples outputs.

Session 2: 1pm to 3.30pm

  1. Combined methodology

The 2023 Census will implement a combined model by design, using admin data to supplement the full field enumeration process. This session will cover our potential use of admin data to fill gaps in the census file, at both the unit and attribute level. We will also note key touch points with the coverage survey and population estimates. We are particularly interested in feedback into variables that may have new or changed data sources and methods, such as:

  • Gender and sex concepts
  • Iwi, ethnicity, Māori descent, languages
  • Activity limitations, housing variables (potential for new alternative sources such as historical census)
  • Any other attributes we identify as candidates for feedback as our work progresses.
  1. Data Quality Measurement and Priority Levels

We will outline our approach to quality reporting including:

  • Reflecting on what we did for 2018, recommendations and how we’re looking to refine this
  • Revised metadata structure and reporting, and how this flows into levels at which quality is reported
  • How we’ve updated our approach to measuring/determining data quality for 2023, This is an opportunity for discussion and feedback on:
    • Quality measures – quality rating scale -> potential revisions
    • Expectations
    • Benchmarks
    • Quality targets
    • Quality statements
  1. Experimental Administrative Population Census (APC)

Introduction to the experimental APC (linked here: experimental APC) which derives census-type information from linked administrative data. We are seeking feedback on:

  • Using the APC data
  • The data sources and methods used to derive the APC
  • What additional variables to include in the 2022 iteration.