Research in social sciences and public policy

We have an active research community, with staff and postgraduate research in areas like psychology, sociology and public policy.

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AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge to guide you throughout your studies.

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If you’re interested in applying to a PhD or MPhil, email doctoral.and.mphil.admissions@aut.ac.nz first to assess your eligibility for the programme.

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Government reports on NZ’s happiness
13 Sep, 2021
Thanks to AUT research, Statistics NZ now recognises that “happiness” is a key indicator of how COVID-19 is impacting our country.
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AUT climbs up the global rankings
02 Sep, 2021
AUT continues to climb up the global university rankings joining the University of Otago in second place in NZ and the top 250 universities in the world.
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Research backs iwi checkpoints
16 Aug, 2021
New research supports the use of community checkpoints, as implemented by Māori during the pandemic.
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CSDA screening tool in the spotlight
22 Jul, 2021
The work of AUT's Centre for Social Data Analytics in using computer algorithms for social good has been getting a lot of international news attention.
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Homeschooling with limited English
19 May, 2021
Parents scrambled to homeschool their children during the Covid-19 lockdowns, but those who speak English as a second language found it particularly tough.

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.

Centre for Social Data Analytics website

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