Research is an integral part of Department life with staff members and students spending significant time on research activities. We specialise in the anthropology and archaeology of New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and south-east Asia, but Department members have conducted research projects all over the world. Fieldwork is a very important part of our research, and Departmental researchers conduct fieldwork in diverse locations - from remote villages in far flung parts of the world to the laboratories of scientists in urban cities. The Department also houses extensive laboratory facilities for the analysis of data gathered during fieldwork.
The department enjoys a strong relationship and supervisory role with graduate students who are undertaking research. Graduate students have the opportunity to carry out self-directed research work through both the MA and the PhD. BA(hons) and PGDip students enrolled in the 490 papers will also carry out supervised research.