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We work across ESR’s focus areas to understand complex societal and environmental problems and identify solutions using systems-thinking tools.
ESR’s Social Systems team partners with researchers and organisations to understand complex societal and environmental problems, and identify solutions using systems thinking tools that have positive benefits for communities. The team works across the areas of environment, public health, justice and social policy, within bicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
The Social Systems Lab supports collaborative working to understand and act on complex social and environmental problems. The Lab is also a space for innovation in methods and supports the application of systems thinking approaches.
We work in partnership with community organisations, iwi and hapū, government, and scientists across ESR and other research organisations.
Topics range from culturally appropriate biowaste management, public health equity issues, to implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improving the health of our waterways.
Our approaches to problem solving prioritise bicultural research methods and systems thinking.
Social Systems Lab Learning Report 2020/21
Through the Social Systems Lab, ESR brings together systems thinking and social science to understand and act on complex challenges in collaboration with communities. The team explores innovation in applied social systems methods, and supports those we work with to learn more about systems thinking in practice. The Social Systems Lab is funded through the ESR Strategic Science Investment Fund from MBIE.
Social Systems Lab: Our Strategic Blueprint 2021
The Social Systems Lab (SSL) aims to be a space where transdisciplinarity, systems thinking, and multiple perspectives come together to collaboratively undertake problem structuring and identify systemic solutions to specific areas of work or research. The SSL aims to grow as a learning lab and become a leader and influencer in systems thinking, co-design and in the transdisciplinary research space.
ESR's Social Systems Team
Work with us
Work with us
Do you have a project that would benefit from systems thinking but need to know more about the tools? The Social Systems team have physical offices in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, and we work across Aotearoa New Zealand both in person and using online tools.
We would love to hear from you about how you would like to work collaboratively with us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org