Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences

An experienced team undertaking quantitative social science research of international standing and with policy relevance. Our vision is to undertake cutting-edge research to improve the lives of all New Zealanders.

News & Events


COMPASS hosts a number of events during the year, including weekly seminars during semester time.

Email Olivia Healey to sign up to receive updates on our events.

Who we are

We are a team of quantitative social scientists and analysts based within the Faculty of Arts, on Level 2 of the Fale Pasifika Complex at 20 Wynyard Street.

We receive funding from New Zealand research funding agencies, government departments, University of Auckland funding sources, and other funders.

What we do







We use simulation to model
population changes over time
and to test 'what-if' scenarios.

Whole Population
Data Analysis
We analyse data from
the entire New Zealand
population to understand
health and social functioning.


Social Research Projects
We conduct surveys for the
International Social Survey
Programme, and work on
other research projects
outside of these categories.





Research Methods Training
We run social science
research methods courses
each year as the New Zealand
Social Statistics Network.


Seminar series

We host weekly seminars during term time, on topics in the social sciences and statistics.



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Student projects

We have a strong tradition of hosting students undertaking Honours and Masters dissertations, as well as Summer Scholars each year, and PhD candidates.


PhD Conference 2017 (17)

Research colloquia

We run annual colloquia showcasing our research to a public sector audience in Wellington.



Data archiving

We curate an online data repository of social sciences surveys conducted in New Zealand, now within the University's Figshare implementation.




Advisory Board

We maintain an academic Advisory Board, which guides COMPASS's overall strategic direction through biannual meetings.



Useful links

We have established ties with a number of groups and organisations over the years.