COMPASS projects

Overviews of 3 research strands

Current projects

  • Investigation into the feasibility of an online probability panel study in New Zealand
    We are currently looking into the possibility of starting up an online panel survey on social attitudes. This report discusses how this might work in the context of New Zealand, and of COMPASS.
  • Developing a knowledge laboratory of the early life-course using systematic reviews and meta analyses
    This research will involve the development of a micro-simulation model and associated computer software that allows users (policymakers, planners, analysts) to easily programme simulations and view the results. The end product will be an expert decision-support tool that will be available to the public policy community.
  • Life-course predictors of mortality inequalities
    This project is assessing life-course socio-economic influences on mortality, using mortality records linked with the New Zealand longitudinal census data set (linked records across the 1981–2006 Censuses).
  • New Zealand as a social laboratory
    This is a two year project funded by a James Cook Fellowship awarded by the Royal Society. The principal objective is to use existing data to create a dynamic representation of New Zealand society in which virtual experiments on matters of policy and substantive interest can be conducted.
  • Social change, inequality, and the early life course
    This is a project forming part of the work programme for Te Pūnaha Matatini, Centre for Complex Systems and Networks.
    Te Pūnaha Matatini is a Centre of Research Excellence funded by the Tertiary Education Commission. Hosted by the University of Auckland in partnership with Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, and Motu Public Policy and Economics Research. Directed by Professor Shaun Hendy, Te Pūnaha Matatini - ‘the meeting place of many faces’ - will develop methods and approaches for transforming complex data about New Zealand’s environment, economy, and society into knowledge, tools, and insight for making better decisions. We live in a data-rich but knowledge-poor world. Te Pūnaha Matatini brings together experts from the academic research community, industry, and government to develop the methods and tools that will transform that data into knowledge, providing insight for businesses, government, and communities.

Student projects at COMPASS

COMPASS has a rich history of supporting students at the University, through Summer Scholarship projects, Honours/Masters dissertations, and PhD theses. These are typically fully integrated into our main projects, and give students experience working with real world data, with the support of a full research team. Find out more about past projects.

Completed projects