Communication using text, image or sound is an essential part of our daily lives whether this involves the acts of speaking, writing or using sign language, the production of newspapers or magazines, or the use of new media platforms such as emails, blogs or social media.
Investigating the multiple ways that information and knowledge can be constructed and disseminated leads to a greater understanding of people's behaviour, the structures and strategies that are used in interacting and communicating, and why.
The Institute has brought together local and international scholars across disciplines to work on major research projects such as:
These have been funded by Government departments and agencies, the Marsden Fund, and AUT itself.
ICDC fosters an active intellectual community through its research groups, its teaching and the supervision of Masters and PhD Candidates. The Institute often hosts visiting international academics and organises the two-yearly New Zealand Discourse Conference.