The following research centres exist at the University of Waikato.
Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research
The Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research (CBER) facilitates a coordinated, integrated approach to biodiversity and ecology research, consultancy, education and advocacy.
Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law (CEREL)
The University of Waikato hosts a substantial concentration of academic expertise in environmental, natural resources and energy law. The Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law (CEREL) facilitates teaching and research in those fields, by providing a nexus for research activity, promoting and participating in University initiatives for multidisciplinary research, and attracting high-quality postgraduate and undergraduate students
Centre for Māori and Pacific Development Research
The strategic goal of the Centre for Māori and Pacific Development Research (CMPDR) is to uphold the University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi by becoming a centre of research excellence capable of fostering and facilitating the self-determination, self-governance and development efforts of indigenous peoples in New Zealand, Australia, and Pacific Rim countries generally.
Centre for Open Software Innovation
The Centre for Open Software Innovation (COSI) provides a focus for open software development at the University, promoting and supporting the principles of open development, and showcasing exemplars of open software.
International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research
The primary mission of the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR) is to promote the protection of Antarctica through integrated international research into Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems, assuring New Zealand's continued leadership in this area.
Management Research Centre
The Management Research Centre is a self-funded business research arm of the Waikato Management School which acts as a link between the University and the business community, providing practical business services.
Mediarena Centre for Research
The Mediarena Centre for Research in Participatory Cultures and Creative Technologies brings together a transdisciplinary community of researchers to work on a broadly-based programme of research, aligned with international-scale issues, and concerned with the emergence, impact and futures of technologically-enabled participatory cultures, i.e. the widespread shift from cultural consumption to cultural production, triggered by ‘new media’.
Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre
The Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre is based in Te Piringa, Faculty of Law. The Centre embraces a best-team approach to research, involving collaboration, locally, nationally and internationally. The Centre focuses on research issues concerning Māori and Indigenous Peoples’ governance, rights and responsibilities.
Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre (TEMS)
The Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre (TEMS) is composed of academic staff and students who are interested in research in Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education, and ICT in these areas. The Centre provides a range of support for research students, and brings academics together to form a community of scholars.
Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials
The Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials supports research and collaboration in research on advanced materials.