The University of Otago is New Zealand's top-ranked university for research in the Government’s formal tertiary institution performance assessment. Likewise, the School is the #1 research Sport and Exercise Faculty in the country and internationally renowned for the quality of its staff and postgraduate programme.
We frequently collaborate with experts in other countries and a large proportion of our research can be brought to bear on issues in New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Through our research centres, labs and clinics we foster creative interaction between academy and community, and stimulate engagement with students and visiting scholars.
Staff research interests
- Rebekah Blakemore (Movement and Affective Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Neurology)
- Melanie Bussey (Clinical biomechanics)
- Christopher Button (Motor learning and performance analysis)
- James Cotter (Exercise and environmental physiology)
- Peter Lamb (Biomechanics)
- Nancy Rehrer (Exercise physiology and metabolism)
- Tania Cassidy (Coaching and pedagogy)
- Mark Falcous (Sociology of sport)
- Jeremy Hapeta (Māori Physical Education and Sport)
- Elaine A Hargreaves (Nee Rose) (Exercise psychology)
- Kenneth P Hodge (Sport psychology & mental skills training)
- Anne-Marie Jackson (Maori health, physical activity)
- Steven J Jackson (Sport sociology and media)
- Marguerita I Lázár (Sociology, feminism and philosophy)
- Chanel Phillips (Māori Physical Activity and Health, Water Safety)
- Sebastian Potgieter (Sports History)
- Michael Sam (Sport policy and governance)
- Emily Scott (Physical and Health Education)
- Sally Shaw (Sport management, gender, governance)