EIT is a vibrant, innovative and research-led tertiary education institute. Research emphasis is placed on community-centred research in collaboration with East Coast industry and organisations and with colleagues in other tertiary institutions. Our research addresses East Coast regional business and local community concerns as well as broader National, and in some areas, International, issues. Find out more here.

Community Health

EIT’s Health Research highlights the important and innovative research into health-related issues in the Schools of Nursing and Recreation & Sport, as well as those with other EIT and external collaborators. 

The aims are to advance health knowledge, clinical practice, health management and health education through high quality research.  This also creates opportunity to foster collaborative health research and create links between EIT and research partners.

Innovative Education

EIT researchers undertake research in educational practices and pedagogies in a broad range of areas, from International Student recruitment practices to use of technology and innovative learning environments in teaching practices, and methods to enhance Māori student success. Read more about some of our innovative projects creating real benefits for our learners here.

Creativity and Curation

EIT has a long history in the creative arts through our IDEAschool in Hawke’s Bay and Toihoukura school of Māori Visual Arts in Tairāwhiti. Our artists and lecturers are internationally recognised in their fields. Read more about recent projects here.

Sustainable Futures

EIT is committed to ensuring that operations across all of our campuses are more sustainable, and to enable our graduates to carry out their professions sustainably. To this end, our researchers conduct projects to improve practices and to understand more about the workplaces of the future. Read more about some of these here.

Research Showcase

Contact Us

Please contact one of the members of the Research and Innovation Centre to discuss your research needs.

Research Director
Jonathan Sibley, PhD

Research Professor
David Tipene-Leach, NZOM, PhD

Research Operations Manager
Megan Allardice

Research Development Manager
Pii-Tuulia Nikula, PhD

Project Coordinator, Research and Innovation
Pippa McKelvie-Sebileau

Emeritus Professor
Kay Morris Matthews, PhD


Te Pae Tawhiti – EIT Teaching and Learning Conference

Q&A with our researchers

Tom Pierard, Lecturer – Music, IDEAschool

1. How long have you been a researcher?
I’ve been a creative practitioner for about 20 years now, but I’ve been contributing peer-reviewed research since 2018.
2. Why do you enjoy doing (quantitative and qualitative) research?
I just love thinking about music and teaching critically, both in my own practice and in the wider sphere. Music technology education is a relatively new field, so there are lots of areas for development! Commercial composition (specifically brand sonic identity) is also a major area of my research, and I enjoy that because it tends to be challenging and very diverse.
3. What research have you done recently or are currently working on?
Presently, I am writing a book chapter discussing the decolonisation of music theory and music education in Aotearoa, and how autodidactic practice can be blended into a constructivist environment. I generally also have a range of music projects going on at the same time.
4. When and where has or will this be published?
The chapter will be published in a special edition of Teachers and Curriculum, set for print in early 2022.
5. What has been your most significant research project?
Probably my PhD thesis, which is around how music technology can give a unique insight into individual identity. It then explores a new type of pedagogical approach in which student identity is used to frame music technology concepts and contexts. I’m submitting this Summer.
6. What difference has it made/what impact has it had/will it have?
Hopefully at least a little! Lord knows the subject needs some clarification.




ITP Research Symposium 2019

The 2019 ITP Research Symposium, an annual event, was held for the first time at EIT.  This was a hugely successful two-day event over 15 & 16 April which saw over 200 delegates attending from thirteen ITPs.  There were 63 presentations in total (22 of these by EIT researchers) which were themed around “community-centred research”.  Four strands within this included:

Engaged arts
Inspired teaching & learning
Community Health

EIT co-hosted this event with Otago Polytechnic which provided a great opportunity for us to strengthen our links with this institution.  One highlight of the event was a public concert held at the MTG showcasing Professor Matthew Marshall (guitar), Tessa Petersen (violin) and Heleen du Plessis (cello) and incorporating poetry narrated by Dame Kate Harcourt & Sir Jon Trimmer. 

Two exhibitions were also held – one at IDEAschool and one by Toihoukura at Te Ūranga Waka.  These involved art work contributions from five institutions and around 30 artists.

A public display was mounted at the arrivals lounge of Hawke’s Bay Airport which profiled this event.   Our grateful thanks to the IDEAschool team who were involved in setting up this display.

We are grateful to the Research & Innovation Centre for organising this successful event which showcased EIT research as well as research from across the ITP sector.  Particular mention should be given to Professor Nat Waran, Associate Professor Jonathan Sibley, Professor Matthew Marshall along with Pippa McKelvie-Sebileau and Louise Bevin for their efforts in organising this successful event.