About ESR's social systems expertise
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. Our multidisciplinary team has expertise including public and environmental health, environmental policy, problem structuring, workshop facilitation, systems thinking, developmental evaluation and modelling. We work in close partnership with our clients and deliver practical solutions that can be readily applied.
The Social Systems team applies systems thinking to much of its work. Systems thinking sheds new light on solutions to the very difficult and contentious problems facing New Zealand. It uses a range of methodologies to understand how those things which may be regarded as parts of a system influence one another.
The team's work covers these interrelated areas of research:
Improvements to health systems, including oral health and opioid substitution treatments, 'whole of system' change in family violence and child abuse.
Integrating the biophysical world with communities and stakeholders for heathier environments.
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.
Find out more about the work we do through the case studies below, or get in touch with Maria Hepi: Maria.Hepi@esr.cri.nz.
Collaborative community engagement
Kaikōura, a South Island coastal town, is world famous for its beautiful environment. Responsible stewardship of the land is critical for the town's thriving Māori-owned and -operated nature-based and cultural tourism industry, and the local community has embraced this responsibility.Read more
Measuring the effectiveness of whole-of-system response to prevent family violence
Preventing family violence – one of society’s most complex social issues.Read more
Making services reachable
How do we enable families/whānau to succeed to ensure that all New Zealand children fulfil their potential? What are the critical causal influences on positive outcomes for family/whānau, and are there connections between them? How do these critical influences differ for ‘family’...Read more