COMPASS is based within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. It consists of a team of researchers with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines and social science research methodologies.

COMPASS currently holds a number of externally-funded grants, including from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Royal Society of New Zealand. We have established collaborative links with Statistics New Zealand, AUT University, the University of Otago’s Wellington School of Medicine, the University of Canberra and the Australian National University. We collaborate on projects both nationally and internationally in the social sciences, health and statistics.

COMPASS also provides management and infrastructure for the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN), through which it has run short courses in Social Science Research Methods, annually since 2005. In 2007 COMPASS established the New Zealand Social Science Data Service (NZSSDS), to curate and provide access to data and metadata from social science surveys in New Zealand. In 2015 this moved to the University of Auckland’s Figshare implementation. Highlights of the holdings include data from the New Zealand Election Study from 1990 onwards, and New Zealand's efforts towards the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) since 1991.


Our mission is to undertake and facilitate social science research of international standing that is both theoretically informed and empirically grounded, utilises a wide range of research methodologies, and has relevance to social policy.






Dr Barry Milne 89168 b.milne@auckland.ac.nz Director
Professor Peter Davis 85109 pb.davis@auckland.ac.nz Founding Director
Roy Lay-Yee 85160 r.layyee@auckland.ac.nz Senior Research Fellow
Dr Nichola Shackleton
89894  n.shackleton@auckland.ac.nz
Research Fellow 
Martin von Randow 84499 m.vonrandow@auckland.ac.nz Data Analyst
Jessica McLay 85313 jessica.mclay@auckland.ac.nz Statistician
Kevin Chang
85313  k.chang@auckland.ac.nz
Chris Liu 88429 chris.liu@auckland.ac.nz
Data Analyst
Dr Gerry Cotterell 86446  g.cotterell@auckland.ac.nz
Research Manager
Lara Greaves
82843  lara.greaves@auckland.ac.nz
Research Associate 

COMPASS Advisory Board



Associate Professor Ilze Ziedins (Chair)   Statistics
Professor Peter Boxall
Business School
Professor Chris Bullen Population Health
Dr Marama Muru-Lanning James Henare Māori Research Centre
Gary Patterson Faculty of Arts Administration
Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin Politics and International Relations
Dr Barry Milne COMPASS
Dr Gerard Cotterell NZ Institute for Pacific Research
Professor Christine Arkinstall Faculty of Arts Administration
Anna Booth UniServices
Professor Shaun Hendy Te Pūnaha Matatini