Research Excellence Awards

Informed by leading edge research from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, Massey researchers have helped to positively shape lives and communities here in New Zealand and around the world.

The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, innovation and connectedness.

There are four award categories in the Research Excellence Awards section:

  • Early Career Medal
  • Research Supervisor
  • Individual Research, and
  • Team Research.

Award for Individual Research Excellence

Professor Glyn Harper - School of Humanities 

Professor Glyn Harper
Professor Glyn Harper

With 25 years' research experience, Professor Glyn Harper has established himself as a well-known military historian, achieving notable prominence in this field nationally and internationally.

The Professor of War Studies was primarily responsible for establishing the Centenary History Programme. This is the largest history project in New Zealand since the publication of the New Zealand official histories of the Second World War, and involves Massey University, The Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Professor Harper is also a well-established author of 10 children's books. Jim's Letters was shortlisted for last year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and won the Picture Book of the Year category.

Recently Massey University established its own University Press. Professor Harper was the project officer for the initiative and is chair of the editorial board.

Early Career Medal Award

Dr David Hayman

Group leader, academic - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Dr Hayman is a rising star in the field of infectious disease epidemiology and ecology. His work on Ebola and other related diseases has attracted considerable international attention.

He is project managing a new contract for the Ministry of Health. The project is modelling measles immunisation strategies. This is a crucial piece of work that will inform national policy.

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Tanya Marriott

Senior lecturer - School of Design

Tanya Marriott is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design.

The focus of her research work is on the field of character design and interactive story telling. It looks at the use of character as a communication channel. Specifically, how dolls, toys and interactive objects affect people's emotions and behaviour.

Mrs Marriott gives design expertise to the toy industry in Britain, and the film industry, here and overseas.

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Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua

Senior lecturer - School of Psychology

Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua's research into cultural psychology and near-death studies continues to gain international momentum.

The work examines Māori experiences and accounts of near-death experiences, and is at the cutting edge of cultural psychology.

Dr Tassell-Matamua has published 11 journal articles. She has an established record of thesis supervision, with seven masters and two honours completions.

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Award for Research Supervisor Excellence

Professor Nicolas Lopez-Villalobos

Professor - Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

During his 17 years with the university, Professor Lopez-Villalobos has supervised 66 postgraduate students, and has been the chief supervisor of seven doctoral and eight masters students.

His strength lies in the application of statistics to animal breeding, production and health.

Professor Lopez-Villalobos' scientific and supervisory skills are highly regarded on the global stage. Awarded nearly $6 million in research grants. He obtained scholarships for graduates, including three granted by the Irish Government.

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Professor Regina Scheyvens

Professor - School of People, Environment and Planning

With 23 years research experience, Professor Regina Scheyvens work focuses on the relationship between tourism, sustainable development and poverty reduction. She has conducted fieldwork in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Maldives and in Southern Africa.

Professor Scheyvens is currently collaborating on a project that examines corporate social responsibility of mining and tourism companies in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Investigating the role of the private sector in delivering community development.


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Professor Martin Young

Head of School - School of Economics and Finance

Professor Martin Young has a long and distinguished history of supervising postgraduate students. He has supervised 11 doctoral students, and six currently in progress.

He has also supervised five Massey staff, which has enabled the Business School to build up the number of staff who are PhD qualified.

With 24 years research experience, Professor Young’s main interest areas include market efficiency, financial regulation, funds managements, optimisation and bond, and derivatives pricing.


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Award for Research Team Excellence

The Bioprotection Research Team

With 105 years research between them, this team of scientists identified the future path and challenges in interpreting almost inconceivable volumes of data arising from genome sequencing. They have set about the development of new analytical methodologies to solve these problems.

The effectiveness of their research is apparent with team members being invited to participate in national and international government agency research teams, together with links to plant and forestry industries. Their work also gained substantial funding - approximately $10 million since 2009.

The team explored how traditional fungal biology could be combined with genomics, bioinformatics and statistics to advance Massey's expertise in this new area. The goal was to create synergies between the different fields to improve understanding of how fungi and plants interact.

The advances made in understanding at the molecular level how fungi attack plant tissues versus how they benefit plants, is already improving New Zealand's land-based industries in significant ways.  Bioprotection team

Bioprotection research team members

Professor Rosie Bradshaw - Professor in Genetics, Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Professor Murray Cox - Professor in Computational Biology, Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Dr Pierre-Yves Dupont - Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Fungal Genomics, Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Dr Carla Eaton - Lecturer in Genetics, Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Dr Austen Ganley - Senior Lecturer, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Barry Scott - Professor of Molecular Genetics, Institute of Fundamental Sciences


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