ESR | Keeping people safe and healthy through science


As New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises is science relating to people and communities, ESR provides science services to the community and not for profit sectors both in New Zealand and abroad, particularly in the Pacific. 

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ESR can call on its diverse range of expertise to help solve problems and provide advice. ESR's social systems experts use their systems thinking and research background to address challenging or intractable problems that involve high levels of complexity and uncertainty. Our water and environmental scientists work with community groups to improve water quality, wastewater solutions and sanitation. Our food experts can assist with understanding the safety of mahinga kai or traditional food sources. Our forensic scientists can use their expertise in 3D visualisation and drone technology to capture and record visual information. We have a wide range of skills and expertise to support you.

Read about some of our work with community and not for profit sectors below or contact us to find out how we can help.

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Social systems

ESR’s social systems team applies extensive expertise and experience to help decision-makers address challenging and intractable problems with high levels of complexity and uncertainty.

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Water quality and sanitation

ESR provides health authorities, local and central government, industry and communities with scientific advice and expertise on the management of drinking water, groundwater, recreational water and wastewater.

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3D data visualisation and analysis

New Zealand is a world-leader in applying 3D photography and virtual reality to its crime scene investigation and other applications.

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Improving understanding of food safety risks associated with mahinga kai

ESR is developing an environmental risk assessment framework that can be used to determine if mahinga kai (wild food) at specific sites is safe for human consumption.

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STEM Taupulega

Raising Pasifika student achievement in science

ESR is contributing to an New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) advisory group to help lift Pasifika student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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Making services reachable

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’...

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