Research in social sciences and public policy

We have an active research community, with staff and postgraduate students conducting research in a wide range of academic disciplines within the social sciences.

Our goal is to contribute to the critical policy debates in New Zealand and around the world. We measure the success of our research by the various impacts that we have on the communities that we serve.

Research expertise and current research

Whether you’re interested in research collaboration or need a postgraduate supervisor, find out more about the research interests, current research and recent publications of our academic staff.


Centre for Social Data Analytics

The Centre for Social Data Analytics designs data analytic tools for social impact, working with various public sector clients in New Zealand and overseas. Many of our postgraduate students get involved with the work of the CSDA.


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Ethically leveraging data insights
21 Nov, 2022
Governments are increasingly wanting to learn how to ethically leverage data insights, Professor Rhema Vaithianathan says.
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New professors and associate professors
17 Nov, 2022
AUT is delighted to announce the promotion of 15 of its academics to the position of Professor and 30 to Associate Professor.
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Record ranking for AUT
12 Oct, 2022
AUT has claimed its highest-ever place among New Zealand universities in the latest global rankings.
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Machine learning to help the homeless
16 Aug, 2022
Plenty of interest is being shown in AUT’s use of machine learning that reduces issues of systemic racism when housing the homeless.

Contact details

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Phone 0800 AUT AUT (0800 288 288)

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Level 5, Te Āhuru WQ Building
35 – 39 Wakefield Street
Auckland City
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