External networks from around the world with different themes

Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)


The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) is a world leading centre of academic study in the field of superdiversity and migration. IRiS is at the forefront of research into a number of the most pressing issues facing society at a local, national and global level. Their work focusses on a number of key themes including citizenship, language, belonging, the economic impacts of diversity, access to welfare, social cohesion and integration utilising the lens of superdiversity to develop new theoretical and methodological approaches to aid our understanding of social life in an era of enhanced mobilities and diversities. Research generated by IRiS has promoted understanding of the ongoing migration crisis and the physical, emotional and legal journey undertaken by refugees and asylum seekers. They focus not only on the academic, building new theory and methodology, but also on the social, meeting those affected face to face to understand their challenges and connect the theoretical to the personal. Their academics and partners from around the world have led, and continue to lead on a series of high profile research projects that are helping to shape our understanding and influence policy around migration and other interrelated areas of superdiversity.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM)


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and hosted by The University of Auckland.

NPM has 21 partner research entities, conducting research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. The centre’s research is underpinned by its vision of Māori leading New Zealand into the future and it is focused on realising the creative potential of Māori communities and bringing positive change and transformation to the nation, and the wider world.

NPM commenced its new CoRE contract in January 2016, which will extend through to 2020 and this will continue the legacy it built over the 13 previous years.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga was first established in 2002 with the founding Joint Director’s – Professors Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Michael Walker. Professor Sir Hirini Moko Mead gave the centre its name, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, “horizons of insight” which is symbolic and relates to NPM’s whakataukī or proverb, about the pursuit of horizons of understanding so we may emerge into the world of light.

In the period 2002 to 2010, the centre focused on addressing disparities in Māori participation and success in tertiary education and research training. One of its initial goals was to attain a total of 500 Māori PhDs (completed and enrolled), and over subsequent years succesful participation in doctoral programmes rapidly increased to the point that a total of 703 of Māori PhD students had either completed or enrolled as at 2010. That success has been mirrored in NPM’s National Māori Post-graduate programme, MAI Te Kupenga, which has over 700 students currently involved, with 1000’s being involved since its inception.

It’s national grants and awards programme has also provided over 670 grants and scholarships to support Māori and Indigenous students and researchers working in its field of Indigenous (Māori) Development and Advancement – this includes Post-Graduate scholarships, research internships, research projects, publishing and conference support grants, research methods scholarships, Fulbright awards for international research study and to support.

Spaces and Flows


Founded in 2010, the Spaces & Flows Research Network is brought together around a shared interest in the changing shape of human spaces and the social, economic and informational flows that connect these spaces.

Takoa Te Aka Kūmara o Aotearoa


TAKOA is a National & International ​Directory of Mā​ori Organisations, Resource People, Scholarships and Business – an indigenous Māori networking platform – that offers a snapshot each year of who is doing what and where, and an indication of Māori economic, social and cultural capacity. We again say, ‘TAKOA is a work in progress’ – because it is! TAKOA is about changing and transitioning in order to be responsive and to lift whānau experiences with, and expectations of TAKOA. ​What we have valued most over the past 24 years, what ever the enterprise, is the support and feedback – good and not so good – we have received which has helped us to bring TAKOA ON-LINE .

The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI)


The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 1976 originally to enable Australian social science researchers to gain access to the archive of survey data held at the University of Michigan. The broad aim of ACSPRI is the promotion and enhancement of social science research and methods in Australia.

Its objectives are to:

  • Facilitate access to Australian and overseas sources of computer-readable social science data;
  • Encourage and support activities and procedures which enhance access to and use of social science data;
  • Collect and disseminate information relating to social science data; and
  • Encourage and support teaching and research in the social sciences.

It was responsible for the establishment of the Australian Social Science Data Archive (now the Australian Data Archive) at the ANU, with whom it maintains a close association.

Its most prominent activities are the regular training programs in social research methods and research technology. ACSPRI currently runs annual programs in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. In 2013 and 2015  programs were also held in Perth.

ACSPRI also runs a survey research centre (to find out more go to the tab surveys). This centre specialises in data collection for academic social science research, as well as methodological research and the development of software and tools. In addition, we work with members on other infrastructure development as required.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is a unique resource for the scholarly, management, and policy communities. SESYNC brings together diverse groups in new, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. Our researchers are encouraged to co-develop research questions with those who apply scholarly knowledge, resulting in scholarship that can inform decision makers.

Because society’s most critical environmental problems are rooted in the multifaceted and deeply interconnected relationships between humans and the natural ecosystems in which they live, they require the unique knowledge sets and perspectives of scientists from both the social and natural sciences. Given that SESYNC was formed to help bridge disciplinary differences, it is essential that we embrace the diversity of perspectives, methods, and cultures each discipline brings to our Center.

SESYNC focuses on a research approach called “synthesis” to produce fundamental knowledge about co-dependent human and natural systems. Synthesis brings together existing but disparate data, methods, theories, and tools in new and perhaps unexpected ways to reveal relationships or to generate novel insights. Synthesis is a highly varied effort, and its definition will change depending upon the lens of those who undertake it. However, in all cases, synthesis is a means for accelerating scientific understanding that is applicable across multiple places and scales.

The New Zealand Social Statistics Network


The New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN) was established to assist in the development of advanced social science research in the academic, government and private research sectors. The intent of the network is to provide a focus for both sharing research development resources and improving the accessibility of quantitative research data.

NZSSN’s intent and activities are in line with those of ACSPRI – the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated. Activities of NZSSN include research methods courses, seminar series, workshops and hosting international visitors in association with national and international colleagues. NZSSN has already hosted five summer short course programmes, beginning with the single course Using Mixed Methods in Research and Program Evaluation in 2005. In addition NZSSN has held a large number of seminars on advanced quantitative methods and workshops on event history modelling and social simulation (both microsimulation and agent-based).

The network is administered through the Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS Research Centre) at The University of Auckland. We also set up the New Zealand Social Science Data Service (NZSSDS) in 2007, which provided online access to and analysis of data and metadata from various New Zealand surveys in the social sciences. This went offline in 2012 but has been remade as best possible through the University of Auckland’s Figshare servers. You can browse the data sets we hold there

NZSSN hosts a programmes of courses in social research methods, modelled on ACSPRI short course programmes. NZSSN courses are designed to cater to fundamental, changing and emerging research strategies, and to serve a wide variety of needs for training and professional development within the academic, public and private sectors. Courses cater not only to researchers in the social and political sciences, but also to those in areas such as the behavioural sciences, medical and health sciences, epidemiology, policy research, education, economics, law, management, marketing, public relations and human resource management.

NZSSN Programmes aim to bring a practical and applied approach to research methods and data analysis, promoting hands-on learning opportunities and using highly skilled and experienced instructors from around New Zealand and overseas.