SIT Research Institute

Sally Bodkin-Allen presents at Ethics convention.SIT has a strong commitment to supporting and growing research activity.  A broad range of research is carried out by staff, reflecting their areas of interests and expertise.  As is appropriate for a vocational teaching institute, there is a particular focus on research that informs and improves teaching and learning practice.  The SIT Research Fund, a contestable fund to support staff carrying out research, is heavily subscribed to each year and has supported a diverse and fascinating range of research projects.  These and many other research projects are highlighted in the annual Research Report published by the Research Institute.

Research at SIT is supported by the Research Institute, under Research Manager Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen.  Key annual events include the SIT Staff Research Symposium at which staff share the results of their research project with their colleagues, and the Three Minute Thesis Contest for Year 3 research students.  Research forums are held twice a year as part of staff training weeks to share research updates and highlight good research practice.  Staff writing up research projects or involved in post graduate research degrees are encouraged to join the Breakfast Club, an informal writing group that supports researchers working in all disciplines across SIT.

The Research Institute carries out targeted research projects in collaboration with other tertiary institutes and with local and regional community organisations.  As the pre-eminent vocation tertiary institute in southern New Zealand, SIT is an important part of the local and regional community.  The Research Institute hosts a range of seminars and symposia where SIT staff can share their research findings with each other and the wider community. 

Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR)

The Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR) is an online journal that specialises in applied research in the vocational and education sector.  The editor welcomes submissions from practitioners, academics and researchers within New Zealand and around the world.  See the SITJAR page for articles, more information and contact details.

Events Coming Up

Joint Research Symposium

Joint SIT/Otago Polytechnic Research Symposium ‘Making a Better World: Research and Teaching’. Monday 30 October 2017.

SIT and Otago Polytechnic are hosting the second joint research symposium for staff on Monday 30 October. This will be held at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic. A number of SIT staff are presenting their research at the symposium, and we invite SIT staff along to support their colleagues, network with colleagues at OP, and be inspired by research about innovative teaching and assessment methods, supervision of student research, and research that informs teaching content and that reaches our communities. The programme is available on this website link (, as well as the full abstracts for each presentation. If you are planning to attend, please register attendance on the website for catering purposes. Any queries, please contact Jo Whittle, Research Officer (

SIT Research Institute Team

SIT Research staff are available for any advice or help with research.  This could include information on staff research proposals and reporting, research project design, methodology and data analysis, questionnaire design and analysis, collaborating with other researchers, or just talking through a research idea.  The SIT research team is also the first port of call for external queries about research projects and collaborations.


Dr Sally Bodkin Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen
Research Manager

p: 03 211 2699 extn 3316

Sally Bodkin-Allen is the Research Manager and also Academic Leader for the Bachelors of Contemporary Music and Audio Production. She completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Otago in the area of Ethnomusicology/Early Childhood Music Education and is also on the MENZA Board (Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa). Her research interests include early childhood music, and the use of music in sporting events. 


Dr Jo WhittleDr Jo Whittle
Research Officer

p: 03 211 2699 extn 8542

Jo completed a PhD in environmental history through the University of Auckland in 2012.  She has an MSc in resource management from Lincoln University and her research interests include popular conceptions of the environment, energy developments and urban history.  Jo recently published an article in the online journal Environment and Nature in New Zealand titled: ‘Into the backyard: Huntly Power Station and the history of environmentalism in New Zealand’.