We partner with organisations around the world to jointly understand problems and identify solutions that responsibly deliver positive impact for communites.

Social Systems

We partner 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 ESR Social Systems Team works across the areas of environment, public health, justice and social policy, within bicultural and multidisciplinary teams.


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The Lab

Take a tour of the Social Systems Lab and find out how we work together to address complex problems. 

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Featured stories

Read about our latest activities, blog posts and publications.

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Current projects

Find out about some of our current projects, including equity in the COVID-19 response, innovation in the forensic medical response to sexual assault and our research into the mysteries of yersiniosis. 

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Past projects

Read about some of our past projects including changing behaviour around waste minimisation, measuring the effectiveness of responses to family violence, and Māori community development with Hauora Hokianga.