Academic Research - College of Business and Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Academic Research

The College of Business and Law is committed to providing a supportive and vibrant research environment. Our academic staff are involved in a number of research areas and continue to produce and publish works that have significant impact and relevance in the fields of law and business.

School of Business and Economics Research

Research by the School of Business and Economics not only informs teaching, it is often a part of student learning, and postgraduate students regularly are part of enquiries and projects. It also leads to publications in various academic, professional and popular forums. Our staff regularly present papers at academic conferences in New Zealand and overseas.

Accounting and Information Systems Research
Economics and Finance Research
Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research

Leading and Managing Resilient Organisations (LMRO) research group

The Leading and Managing Resilient Organisations (LMRO) involves specialists from a range of organisational sciences, including strategic management, human resources, organisational behaviour, organisational psychology and organisational change.

The Group assists organisations to become more agile, increasing their ability to adapt to sudden changes, to learn, and continuously improve their performance. Through our research and partnerships with businesses, we work to create organisations that not only survive but also thrive in a variety of challenging circumstances.

Recent work centres on organisational responses to the major Canterbury seismic events during 2010-2011. This is a rare opportunity to explore resilience processes where organisations have to manage in an extended crisis. Our projects address topics such as the Human Resources challenges, organisational learning during crises, strategic framing; we are also conducting major projects aimed at increasing the resilience of infrastructure organisations.

The Group is part of the broader Resilient Organisations research programme, contributing our expertise in the areas of organisational studies and people management.

For more information on the team and Resilient Organisations contact:
Dr Venkataraman Nilakant, phone +64 (0) 3 364 2987 ext 8621,
Dr Bernard Walker, phone: +64 (0) 3 364 2987 ext 8619,
or visit their website at

School of Law Research

Academics in the School of Law at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand are leaders in their respective fields of research. School of Law Research continues to make significant contributions both nationally and internationally to the understanding and operation of law and government at every level.

Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law

The Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law acts as a forum for the exchange of information, views and expertise relating to corporate and commercial law through lectures, seminars and publications. The Centre aims to bridge the gap between academic lawyers, practitioners in law and accountancy and those working in finance and industry.

International and Comparative Law Group

The International and Comparative Law Group (ICLG) is an association of lecturers in public international and comparative law at the University of Canterbury School of Law. The primary aims of the ICLG are to develop strengths in and contribute to teaching and research in comparative law and public international law concerning and impacting upon New Zealand, Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the Pacific.

Socio-Legal Studies Research Group

The Socio-Legal Studies Research Group is working on a longitudinal study Developing a Law Student Profile. The aim of the project is to inform the development of a student profile which ensures that teaching and learning occurring during law degrees produces graduates who have the skills and knowledge for the careers they wish to pursue. The reciprocal aim is to produce law graduates who are work-ready for employers, whether in legal practice, or in government, the private sector or NGO positions.

New Zealand Experimental Economics Laboratory

The New Zealand Experimental Economics Laboratory (NZEEL) at the University of Canterbury is the home of cutting edge experimental research and teaching in social science. NZEEL is available for use by UC staff members, visiting researchers and graduate students. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility with 36 fully partitioned work stations and separate experiment control room.

For more information visit the website at


UC SPARK (system for people and research knowledge) is a searchable website which showcases UC’s research. You can search SPARK for information about individual researchers, the projects they are working on, the research groups they belong to, the specialist equipment that they use, and their affiliations. SPARK provides a comprehensive view of research at UC.