Undergraduate Research Conference: Peoples and Places

Start Date
06 July 2015
End Date
10 July 2015
University of Auckland, New Zealand
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The University of Auckland is proud to host the U21 URC in 2015, attracting excellent students from a diverse range of disciplines and creating a platform for them to present their research to an international audience.

In 2015, at the eleventh U21 URC, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their research, connect with students from around the world, and also experience first-hand the beauty of Auckland, New Zealand, its indigenous culture and what the residents call ‘Kiwi hospitality’.

Colleagues in Auckland look forward to welcoming students from around the network to New Zealand for this exciting event.


Conference Theme and Location

Our world is one of astonishing environmental and cultural diversity that is in a state of constant and often rapid transformation.  Peoples and places interact in a myriad of ways, on scales ranging from local to global, shaping both human experiences and the landscapes that surround us.  Research topics encompassed by this theme can include those relating to climate change, migration, physical and cultural landscapes, identity, indigenous studies, social structures and many more.  Beyond that,Peoples and Placeslends itself to applications for policy and practice in a wide variety of fields including education, business, law, health, international development and planning. The research topic opportunities are as diverse as the world in which we live.

A country of diverse landscapes, New Zealand or Aotearoa (in Maori) is made up of magnificent islands flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea.  One of the last major land masses to be settled by humans, it is now home to people from more than 200 ethnic groups, not to mention 70,000 native plant and animal species and over 60 volcanoes!  It is a vibrant representation of this year’s conference theme – Peoples and Places.



The conference programme will begin in the afternoon on Monday 6 July and finish in the evening on Friday 10 July.  In addition to the academic programme, the week will include regional fieldtrips and social events.

Please check back for further information as updates become available. 



Participants must be nominated by their institution.  Each U21 member may nominate up to three undergraduate or honours students. Institutions may nominate: 

  • One student to design and present a poster
  • One student to prepare and deliver an oral presentation
  • One student to prepare and present either an oral or poster presentation

Furthermore, all U21 partner universities are invited to send a member of staff to accompany the students and take part in the conference.

How To Register


In order to register for this event, participants must be nominated by their home university.  Invitations to register will be sent directly to nominees.

There is no registration fee for this event, however participants or their home institution will be responsible for associated travel and accommodation costs.  Each member university will have its own policy in place; questions about funding should be directed to the home university’s international office. 


There are two nomination deadlines, which take into account the differing northern and southern hemisphere terms.

Northern hemisphere universities: 6 March 2015

Southern hemisphere universities: 10 April 2015


The deadline for registrations and the submission of abstracts is 15 May 2015.



All conference participants will stay in the same hotel in close proximity to the University of Auckland and the centre of the city.  Further information will be provided as updates become available.



Kei te koa matou kia kite ai i a koutou a te tau e heke mai nei.

We look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Ms Usha Bhatia