College of Creative Arts research , Rangahau ki Toi Rauwhārangi

Meet our innovative researchers and find out about our research themes and strengths, projects and news.

Meet our researchers

Our researchers are innovative thinkers and makers. We work with industry, government and communities on projects that demand disruptive ideas for solving real-world problems. We carry out a diverse range of research activities and collaborations, and foster research and hands-on practice across fine arts, design, music and media production.

Our college's staff are recognised internationally for their contribution to indigenous art practice. We carry out research for the future of creativity in Aotearoa New Zealand and for the world. We have the highest number of top-ranked researchers in design, visual arts and craft in New Zealand, following the most recent PBRF round in 2018.

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Research themes and strengths

The research themes and strengths at College of Creative Arts grow out of the school disciplines of:

  • art
  • design
  • music
  • creative media production.

They cover a range of topics including:

  • wellbeing
  • health
  • climate change
  • the environment
  • policy and public good
  • indigenous studies
  • gender studies
  • economics
  • technological innovation
  • industry advancement.

The college is known for its strong collaborations and team work when approaching research.

Research projects

View information about some of our research projects.

Toi Āria — Design for Public Good

Associate Professor Anna Brown and team

Toi Āria is a Massey research centre with a mission to improve lives through design-led community engagement. Past projects include helping diverse Masterton residents to re-imagine and rejuvenate their town centre and co-designing a 'dreaming app' to help young Māori set and achieve their goals.

Toi Āria website

Video art urges action on climate change

Associate Professor Rachael Rakena and Mike Bridgman

Two college staff members have curated a moving collection of video works that take the voices of Pacific poets and orators to the world, in a timely call-to-action on climate change.

'Mana Moana — Pacific Voices' is the latest in an artist-led series that brings together work by musicians, artists, writers and choreographers. It was screened during COP26, the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow in 2021.

Mana Moana — Pacific Voices

Te Rau Karamu marae

Te Kāhui Toi collective

The newest building on the College of Creative Arts campus stands as a symbol of Massey's commitment to kaupapa, mātauranga and tikanga Māori. Te Rau Karamu marae is at once an inspiring feat of collaborative creativity, a place to learn, and a warm and vibrant heart of the Pukeahu Campus community.

The marae is a finalist in the prestigious Best Design Awards 2021.

See more of Te Rau Karamu marae on the Best Awards site.

Research impact stories

Our researchers are committed to making a real difference for Aotearoa New Zealand and for the world. Read stories about the impact our research is having and how it can change lives.

Transformed books & visual arts to spark the imagination

Dr Jess Richards weaves words and art together in quietly captivating ways to realise her long-held dream of a PhD.

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Reflections in neon

Professor Robert Jahnke's art reflects on the dynamics of intercultural exchange and the politics of identity.

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From The Chills to the classroom

Keyboardist Dr Oli Wilson uses participatory ethnography to understand the context in which music is produced and performed.

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Design that unites & inspires

Professor Anna Brown explains how design, from books to government services, can spark joy and make lives better.

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Research news - College of Creative Arts

We are a research-led university with a reputation for excellence in innovation and the creation of new knowledge. Get the latest research stories from the College of Creative Arts.

Tiaki: A shout-out to Aotearoa’s lesser-known creatures

Thursday 1 December 2022

To celebrate World Wildlife Conservation Day, we wanted to share the mahi a member of our Massey whānau has done to encourage the younger generation to get interested in conservation and our lesser-known endangered wildlife.

Operational hijab recognised for its social and cultural impact

Wednesday 23 November 2022

An operational hijab designed by two Massey lecturers has been awarded the Tahunui-a-Rangi award by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Book seeks to capture iconic woolsheds before it’s too late

Wednesday 16 November 2022

The place of woolsheds in the social and economic history of Aotearoa New Zealand is the subject of a book that hopes to capture this rich history before the sheds disappear.

Massey staff honoured at Wellington graduation

Thursday 20 October 2022

Three staff members celebrated their academic achievements, including two doctorate degrees, at graduation ceremonies at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on October 11.

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