Research at BTI

At BTI we are passionate about research; how our research shapes our own programme delivery and helps to support and grow those engaged in professional settings.

BTI partners with local businesses and non-profit organisations to undertake and publish research. 

Students and staff working together
Dr Nikki Kiyimba

Dr Nikki Kiyimba is one of our leading researchers at BTI and co-author of a recently published book.

Research informs teaching which informs research

We have 9 staff with doctorates and several with doctorates underway, as well as many more active in research projects. All of our researchers teach into our programmes or supervise postgraduate research students. We believe this greatly enhances the learning experience for our students and leads to better outcomes.

Recent outcomes

A new book!

Head of Postgraduate Studies Dr Nikki Kiyimba, in collaboration with trauma expert colleagues in the UK, has just published ‘Discourses of Psychological Trauma (2022)’.

This will be a key text in the course ‘Identity and Trauma’, led by Dr Simon Webb, which is part of our new Postgraduate Certificate in Responding to Trauma.

Upcoming Roundtable

He whakaaro noa iho Aotearoa Christian Research Roundtable will be held at BTI and online on Friday, 7 October. 

BTI Educators Peter Maslin and Lindsay Fish are leading work on hosting a roundtable on Christian Research in Aotearoa on 7 October. Focusing on having conversations and celebrating research success, Peter and Lindsay aim to encourage fellow researchers and share outcomes of Christian research in Aotearoa.

Register your interest for more details.

Research themes

Current themes of BTI staff research include:

  • Vision and Vocation: outworking faith in the workplace
  • Teacher dispositions and strategies for effectively supporting the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students
  • Impact of addictions on family and whānau (in collaboration with Braveheart NZ)
  • Enquiry into experiences of changes in tertiary education delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Chickadee: a therapeutic book for preschool children
  • Part of the International Heroism Science Conference, Fostering Strength-based 2023 Community

High quality research recognised

The quality of BTI’s research is recognised by the Tertiary Education Commission in recent PBRF rounds. This reflects the increased number of ‘research active’ educators at BTI, the quality and rigour of the research being undertaken, and acknowledges our national influence.

BTI’s research success was confirmed in the 2018 Quality Evaluation round with high quality evaluation outcomes and ongoing funding for further research.

The latest EER report from the NZQA confirmed that BTI is increasing its research capability and outputs. Research informs our degree teaching.

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