Social Systems

Our Social Systems team has expertise and experience in assisting decision-makers to address challenging or intractable problems that involve high levels of complexity and uncertainty.

Our work helps decision makers make confident decisions and provides our clients with 'bigger picture' understanding of issues, and research based insights on how to bring about change. They apply their expertise in areas such as:

  • environmental policy;
  • public health;
  • enabling constructive engagement between government/services and communities;
  • service innovation.

Systems thinking sheds new light on solutions to the very difficult and contentious problems facing New Zealand.

Systems thinking uses a range of methodologies to understand how those things which may be regarded as parts of a system influence one another within a complete entity.

The group’s work covers these interrelated areas of research:

Healthy Communities – improvements to health systems, including oral health and opioid substitution treatments, 'whole of system' change in family violence and child abuse.

Healthy Environments – integrating the biophysical world with communities and stakeholders.

Sustainable Development – balancing different, and often competing, needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society.

Science, Technology and Society – the governance of new technology and public understanding of science.

Our multidisciplinary team has expertise including public and environmental health, environmental policy, problem structuring, facilitation, systems thinking, developmental evaluation and modelling.

We work in close partnership with our clients and deliver practical solutions that can be readily applied.