The PPI is working on a range of projects, with many collaborators from across the university and beyond.


Gender Responsive Analysis and Budgeting

Our Gender Responsive Analysis and Budgeting project (GRAB-NZ), housed at the University of Auckland’s Public Policy Institute, examines a range of data, methods and capability building strategies to identify ways to advance gender inclusive policy and improve the wellbeing of all women across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Here you will find more information about our team, our research and analysis, and updates on what is happening in New Zealand and overseas.

Natural, Artificial and Organisational Intelligence Institute

The NAOInstitute investigates what intelligence is, how it evolves and is shaped, and how we as humans relate and interact with it in its various forms. Most crucially, we will research what the future of being human will be now that we are integrating our natural intelligences with one another and with artificial intelligence to become a global organisational intelligence. NAOI’s research ranges from fundamental inquiries into the nature of intelligence, to the applied sciences like applied computer vision, to issues of policy and ethics. 

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Policy Planning for Wellbeing with Pathways, Trajectories, Transitions and Turning Points

Wicked problems faced by New Zealand society today include: how to reduce homelessness, improve equity, and provide housing for all New Zealanders. To tackle wicked problems, transdisciplinary approaches that provide evidence-based cross-sector policy are needed. Exploring data trajectories of citizens and residents, infrastructure and the environment and key turning points within those trajectories provides better understanding of cross-sector interactions, e.g., how providing housing will help reduce homelessness. These trajectories and turning points can be generalised into pathways and transitions so that the effect of potential policy combinations can be evaluated in a virtual New Zealand and provide better insights for policy planning.

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Infrastructure for Community Futures


Infrastructure for Community Futures (ICF) has grown organically over the last three years and is led by a diverse group of academics, from all eight faculties at the university, interested in the complex interactions between infrastructure, society and the natural environment. The ICFRC views infrastructure not as a goal in itself, but as a powerful enabler of equity, sustainability and wellbeing for communities, and we consider mātauranga Māori an inspirational foundation for pursuing these goals in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The ICFRC will seek to understand the complex interactions between society, infrastructure and the natural environment, and the implications for future infrastructure decision-making. We will engage and collaborate across disciplines within the university and with government, industry, institutions, iwi and communities to identify and answer critical research questions. We plan to identify synergies across the university that map onto critical infrastructure-related problems, allowing the university to produce real
and meaningful impact in these areas.

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