Sustainability research, partnerships and Living Labs

At Massey we are commited to developing applied, real world opportunities for sustainability-related teaching and research. We do this by drawing on a wide range of fundamental science, critical social science, design thinking and business knowledge.

Researchers at Massey University form partnerships with local councils, central government, crown research institutes and private companies in order to carry out research projects.

Types of collaborations

The Sustainability and Responsibility Research Group are involved with creating sustainable and responsible business though innovate action-research and consulting.

Living Labs

Living Labs are a form of research collaboration where research projects, design and delivery are co-created between external organisations (such as city councils) and Massey University researchers.

Campus Co-Lab

Campus Co-Lab is a place and a process that students and staff can use to bring and implement their ideas to enhance the student experience on the Wellington Campus.

Research partnerships

We form research partnerships where parties external to Massey fund and collaborate on projects of mutual interest.

Massey University research centres and networks

The Massey University research centres and networks are groups of Massey staff who work together (often with external partners) on research and technology transfer.

Sponsored Masters or PhD scholarships

View examples of some of our sponsored Masters or PhD scholarships.

Areas of research

Areas of research include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • sustainable transport
  • renewable energy
  • water governance
  • climate change
  • environment life cycle assessment
  • carbon and water footprinting
  • ecosystems
  • sustaining culture and identity in contemporary tribal organisations
  • business culture and sustainability
  • urban sustainability
  • fashion design
  • investment in sustainability.

Search our expertise database to identify staff who work in areas that may be of interest.

Do you have a project you would like us to help with?

If you have a sustainability project or issue you would like us to help with please contact the Research Development Team by email at