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Researchers at the Otago Business School spearhead and contribute to a diverse range of scientific endeavours. Our staff regularly work collaboratively across disciplines and with national and international colleagues.

The potential research impact of our work on current and emerging challenges is regularly recognised with support from significant funding bodies.

Good Nature, Bad Nature: An invasive species research project

Good Nature, Bad Nature is a Marsden-funded research project exploring the current and future management of invasive species, and peoples' values associated with contentious species.

This study will help us understand how attitudes to invasive species are formed, and consequently how to generate support for their current and future management.

Such is the cailbre of our staff that Otago Business School research regularly features in He Kitenga, the University of Otago's prestigious annual research publication.

View our selected features below.

Virtual connection

Holger Regenbrecht thumbnailThe University of Otago is collaborating in the leading-edge Ātea project to enable Māori to remain connected via a virtual 3D marae.

When you no longer live close to home it is often difficult to stay connected to your iwi, to your whānau and to your marae.
Professor Holger Regenbrecht

Accounting for biodiversity

Dr Mansi Mansi, Dr Rakesh Pandey and Professor Ralph Adler thumbBiodiversity accounting has become part of the annual reporting cycle for a growing number of companies, but why is this now important and what does this mean for New Zealand business?

Biodiversity accounting is a way of recognising and quantifying the environmental impact of an organisation's operations. Some global companies now undertake annual biodiversity accounting, recognising the importance of understanding the true costs of business.
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Dr Mansi Mansi
Dr Rakesh Pandey
Professor Ralph Adler

Adventurous insights

Susan Houge Mackenzie thumbnailInternationally famous for its majestic beauty and adventure tourism, Queenstown attracts visitors from around the world, but what is the impact of this on well-being?

Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie (Tourism) is studying the links between adventure tourism and well-being for guides and local residents in the “adventure tourism capital of the world”.
Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie

Augmented serendipity

Brian Spisak thumbIt is often acknowledged that the best solutions to complex problems are the simplest ones – or apparently simple.

When looking to ascertain who was working with whom, on what and how within Otago's Business School, Dr Brian Spisak (Management) has simply connected the dots.
Dr Brian Spisak 

Building partnerships...not silos

Gauld Stokes thumbnailBetter integration is one of the key issues facing health care globally, but the challenge is how to bring health professionals, researchers and the community together.

Now the University of Otago is in a unique position to drive health systems integration in New Zealand, having recently created the Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST).
Centre for Health Systems and Technology

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Professor Robn Gauld
Professor Tim Stokes

Charity begins at home

Stephen Knowles thumbnailNew Zealanders are ranked among the most generous people in the world, but what drives their altruistic behaviours?

Professor Stephen Knowles (Economics) has been leading altruism research at Otago for many years.
Professor Stephen Knowles

Climate migration

Wesselbaum thumbnailClimate change is starting to influence human migration.

Otago Business School economics researcher Associate Professor Dennis Wesselbaum has been able to show for the first time that not only are the effects of climate change influencing people's decisions to migrate, they are actually more important driver than income and political freedom from the origin country.
Associate Professor Dennis Wesselbaum

Diversity or tokenism

Dr Pallab Biswas, Associate Professor Ros Whiting and Dr Helen Roberts thumbIt's all very well to have targets or quotas for female representation on boards, but their voice also needs to be recognised for any benefits to be realised.

A University of Otago study of Asian businesses found evidence of tokenism, where women were represented on boards, but did not have a voice nor influence.

Otago Business School Accountancy and Finance researchers Associate Professor Ros Whiting, Dr Helen Roberts and Dr Pallab Biswas have studied the role of women in governance in businesses across Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangladesh.
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Dr Pallab Biswas
Associate Professor Ros Whiting

Associate Professor Helen Roberts

Paths to innovation

Professor Merata Kawharu, Dr Maria Amoamo, Dr Conor O'Kane and Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl thumbUniversity of Otago Business School Associate Dean Māori, Research Associate Professor Katharina Ruckstuhl is co-leading a Science Challenge project that could change the way we approach high-tech research.

One of 11 National Science Challenges, the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge (SfTI) is a multi-million dollar government investment in growing a high-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering. It includes projects such as 3D printing, robotics, “big data”, virtual reality and AI.
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Professor Merata Kawharu
Dr Maria Amoamo
Associate Professor Conor O'Kane
Research Associate Professor Katharina Ruckstuhl

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