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We're bringing together New Zealand's leading researchers in physics, economics, mathematics, biology, computer science, operations research, statistics and social science

PhD Scholarships

Te Pūnaha Matatini is offering a wide variety of PhD Scholarship opportunities starting as early as November 2017. Please keep an eye on our listings as we will continue to add more positions in the coming weeks, and contact us for more information or to apply.

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Econophysics

This PhD project will utilise advanced models for network growth to study patent-citation dynamics, and advanced statistical tools will be applied to patent data sets. The aim will be to develop models for the dependence of patent-citation rates on inventor or firm proximity effects.

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The science of science funding

This PhD project involves developing econometric models of the scientific research process to determine the effectiveness of public research funding mechanisms. In particular, it will look at the effects of research team formation, how such collaborations evolve, and the effects of public funding on research outputs and impact.

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Our research

Complexity, Risk, and Uncertainty

Today, both society and the economy generate a complex torrent of data. If this unprecedented flow of information is to be made useful, we require new tools and methods for its analysis.

Complex Economic & Social Systems

Understanding the complexity of economic networks and network effects is increasingly important in our interconnected, data-rich, global economic system, with significant importance to New Zealand – a small, distant country, with a highly specialised economy.

Complexity & the Biosphere

We’re applying network analysis, complexity theory, and dynamical systems methodologies to understand the inter-relationships between species, and how biodiversity depends on the environment; developing models that couple the interactions between biodiversity, the economy, and human decision-making.

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