Get involved in our research

Our Land and Water has a clear vision of a future in which catchments contain mosaics of land uses that are more resilient, healthy and prosperous than they are today. Are you interested in working with us?

Lines of enquiry for Phase 2, 2019–2024

The lines of enquiry prioritised as the first wave of research programmes for Phase 2 of the Challenge will work towards the following outputs:

  1. Land use suitability tools that are nationally tested and verified with stakeholders, supporting a mix of land uses that have their productive potential quantified, and deliver better outcomes than currently.
  2. A visualisation tool that helps land managers, and policy and land-use decision-makers, understand the opportunities and implications associated with their land use practices and choices.
  3. Innovative new production systems are developed with stakeholders that yield food and non-food products that are valued by consumers.
  4. Market-oriented collaborative value chains are developed that fairly reward sustainable land use practices.
  5. An online register of actions to improve water quality will be in use by individuals and communities to restore catchments.
  6. Guidance for decision-making processes will reflect deeper understanding of social and cultural values, and promote a wider sense of ownership in land use decisions.


Who we are looking for

Over the next few months, teams will be established to help us co-design our first wave of research programmes.

We already have some people lined up to initiate the development of these lines of enquiry, but they will need help from beyond their own networks. We’re looking for a wide range of skill sets so we can build the right teams. Teams may include researchers, farmers and growers, and representatives from industry bodies, environmental groups, regional government and others who are committed to supporting our mission.

The following skills or knowledge are important to the Challenge:

  • mātauranga Māori
  • science excellence
  • implementing science
  • science communication / science in society
  • project management

Individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science and research are encouraged to register, as are early-career researchers. Potential applicants should be familiar with Our Land and Water's strategy, strategic areas and draft programme logic.


Register your interest

If you are interested in joining a research team, please complete the Registration of Interest form.

Submit your application by 28 February to


Key dates

  • Call for Registrations of Interest released: 31 January
  • Registrations of Interest close: 28 February
  • Individuals will be notified of the outcome by: 15 March
  • Shortlisted individuals will be invited to attend a workshop in late March
  • Selected teams will participate in co-design processes through to June 2019, and may have an ongoing role in the research programmes.