Faculty and the Matariki Network

The Matariki Network of Universities at Queen's

The Matariki Network offers unique opportunities for Queen's faculty members to work with international colleagues, share research with an eclectic group of willing collaborators, and find new audiences and opportunities for developing careers in academia through conferences, colloquia and workshops.

Listed below are some of the key opportunities open to faculty.

Please visit this page regularly as new opportunities for faculty engagement in the Matariki Network of Universities arise.


Participants of the Digital Humanities Forum hosted by the University of Western Australia, including from Queen's Dr. Kristin Moriah (Department of English Language and Literature) and Michael Vandenburg (Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian)
The Executive Heads of the members of the Matariki Network meet annually. The last meeting was hosted by the University of Tübingen, Germany, and was attended by Queen's Vice-Provost, International, Dr. Sandra den Otter.
Participants of the Energy and the Oceans Forum hosted by the University of Western Australia, including from Queen's Dr. Ryan Mulligan (Department of Civil Engineering).

Each of the seven Matariki partners bring a different research specialty to the network, and spearheads initiatives to collaborate under that speciality. These identified research specialities help to guide each member’s interactions and contributions to the network, while at the same time promoting the opportunity and the freedom to embrace the academic diversity that being a member of a global network provides. Researchers from all Matariki partners invite collaborations in these areas and others.

Queen’s leads the network on Sustainability, Environment and Resources. Queen's faculty and students looking to collaborate on this theme should contact the Office of the Vice-Provost (International) for more information.

The other research specialties in the MNU are:

The Matariki Research Forums provide the means for Matariki partners to collaborate and share their research specialties among the Network. Partners host regular interdisciplinary research forums which synthesise the various research specialties of each Network partner, and provide a space for reflection and collaboration, as well as an opportunity for cross-institutional benchmarking.


Humanities Network

The Matariki Humanities Network has been active since 2013, and comprises a faculty and a library stream whose joint mission is to promote excellence in research and education. In 2018, after a period of reflection, it was determined that the next series of Humanities Forums would be organised under the theme ‘Mapping the Humanities,’ the first meeting of which would be focused on the ‘Digital Humanities.’

  • 2019: Digital Humanities Forum, University of Western Australia

    • The University of Western Australia hosted the first in a new series of Humanities Forums, focused on the Digital Humanities and related issues including resourcing, nomenclature, institutional structures, culture and common challenges.

    • Partners also used the meeting as an opportunity to propose different models for digital humanities support, and alternative methods of addressing barriers to preserving cultural heritage materials and humanities disciplines in general.

  • 2018: Humanities Colloquium, Uppsala University

  • 2017: Humanities Colloquium, University of Tübingen

  • 2016: Digital Humanities Colloquium, Queen’s University

  • 2016: Arts & Humanities Colloquium, Durham University

  • 2015: Humanities Colloquium, Queen’s University


Energy and the Oceans Forum

  • 2019: Oceans and Blue Economy Workshop, University of Western Australia

    • The second in a series of workshops under the Matariki research theme of ‘Oceans and Blue Economy,’ this event brought together experts from across the network in the disciplines of Marine Science, Engineering, Oceanography, History and Archaeology. The workshop focused on three core areas:

      • People and ocean forces

      • Energy from the ocean

      • The power of the ocean

  • 2017: Marine Extremes Workshop, University of Western Australia

Support is available through the Office of the Vice-Provost, International for faculty members looking to collaborate with partners in the Matariki Network outside of the network-wide research forums and focus areas.

Principal's Development Fund

  • This Program aims to enrich the international dimensions of the university, both within our classrooms and within our research environment, by providing subsidies for international travel of scholars to Queen's and scholars and staff from Queen's.

  • There are two categories of award:

    • Category 1 supports visitors from partner institutions across the world including from Matariki Network partners.

    • Category 2 supports visits by Queen’s faculty and staff members to Matariki Network partners.

  • Note: the Principal's Development Fund was postponed during COVID-19. To find the most up-to-date information visit the Principal's website here.

Queen's-Dartmouth Fund 2018-2019

  • The Queen’s-Dartmouth Research Development Fund provided financial support for faculty at Queen’s University and Dartmouth College to develop a new or deepen an existing research or scholarly collaboration.

  • As the only two North American members of MNU, Queen’s University and Dartmouth College have a unique opportunity to strengthen their bilateral relationship.  Preference is given to those proposals that align with Queen’s and Dartmouth’s MNU research priorities of cyber security, global health, and sustainability, environment and resources.

  • Three awards were offered in 2018-19 for projects lasting two years. Those projects were:

    1. Dr. Shelley Arnott (Queen’s) and Dr. Kathryn Cottingham (Dartmouth):
      Investigating the Seasonal Dynamics of Salinity in Local Lakes and Streams.

    2. Dr. Monica Castelhano (Queen’s) and Dr. Peter Tse (Dartmouth):
      Using virtual reality and electroencephalography to investigate the behavioural and neural underpinnings of attention and distraction.

    3. Dr. Colleen Davison (Queen’s) and Dr. Lisa Adams (Dartmouth):
      Last Mile Research Methods.

The Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program is an annual international mobility program specifically designed by and for Indigenous students, faculty and elders. The program is designed to foster academic and personal growth opportunities for students who demonstrate a deep awareness of Indigenous issues and willingness to engage in reflection, dialogue, and debate.

The Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program also provides a space for Indigenous academics and elders to come together with students, and to collaborate in the design of Indigenous, decolonized, cross-generational educational programming.

Planning for future editions of the Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program is currently pending.

  • 2019: Queen's University

    • Matariki Network partners gathered at Queen's for the most recent Indigenous Student Mobility Program, on the territories of the Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee peoples, covering the theme 'Learning, Language and Land'.

    • Participants from over 30 traditional nations and five universities gathered for the program.

    • The program included a traditional welcoming ceremony in Tydendinaga, time spent on the land at Elbow Lake, and visits to Ottawa and Curve Lake.

    • Read about the 2019 edition.

  • 2018: Dartmouth College

  • 2017: University of Western Australia

  • 2016: University of Otago

The strength of our connection with partners in the Matariki Network helps facilitate other collaborations that are not necessarily directed by the network itself. For example, Queen’s has developed international student exchange agreements with every Matariki Network partner except for Dartmouth College.
The exchange agreements that have been negotiated with our Matariki Network partners allow undergraduate (and (in some cases graduate) students to participate in an academic exchange at one of our partners for an academic term.
Faculty are encouraged to promote exchange opportunities to all eligible students. The most effective partnerships are those that have strong faculty connections.
Participation and eligibility depends on the faculty and department to which the student belongs.

For more opportunities, visit the official Matariki Network of Universities website.