Media release

Utilities Disputes boosts dispute resolution research with new $25,000 research grant

18 October 2021

Utilities Disputes Limited (UDL) has introduced a new research grant open to applicants who have an interest in dispute resolution and/or the utilities sector. The grant is worth up to $25,000 and may be shared by one or more applicants.  It aims to support research in a field relevant to UDL and its stakeholders and encourage diversity and leadership in dispute resolution.      

Mary Ollivier, UDL’s Commissioner, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to generate high quality research in an area impacting on dispute resolution and utilities. Disputes take time, energy, and money. They affect individuals and communities as well as organisations and government. Most utilities are essential services. Better access and swift resolution of disputes improve our communities and our economy. Good research supports better outcomes in dispute resolution.”  

Applicants will be asked to highlight the benefits of their proposed research project. Our selection panel will review the overall quality of the application, including potential benefits and impact for UDL, the stakeholders UDL supports, our end users, and the community of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

An example of a relevant topic is the impact of utility services for the most vulnerable members of our community, and ways of addressing and responding to the hardship issues we can all encounter. This would complement the work many in the sector do in this space. 

Find out more 

Please contact Markus Frey at for a word document application form or to find out more about this exciting opportunity. 

UDL wants to assist research that will make a positive change in the challenging environment that is disputes resolution. 

To apply for the grant visit UDL for more information. 

The closing date is  Wednesday 26 January 2022.   

UDL is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and to recognising the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand.  

UDL welcomes and supports applications from all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities, and religions.  

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