Centres and Institutes

Our researchers work in research institutes and centres across the University.

Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction

The Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction was established to address the needs of the evolving disaster management practice and seek solutions that address disaster resilience, recovery and reconstruction. The centre is supported by a network of people and organisations, dedicated to finding solutions to improve disaster management practices.

Centre for Infrastructure Research

The Centre for Infrastructure Research was established to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to support government and industry with infrastructure research and evidence-based decision-making. Its purpose is to improve infrastructure decision making and management through research and executive education.


Professor Bruce Melville
Email: b.melville@auckland.ac.nz

Centre for Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences (COMPASS)

COMPASS has a team of researchers with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines and social science research methodologies. They collaborate on projects both nationally and internationally in the social sciences, health and statistics. COMPASS undertakes and facilitates social science research of international standing that is both theoretically informed and empirically grounded. Researchers utilise a wide range of research methodologies, and their work has relevance to social policy.

COMPASS website


Dr Barry Milne
COMPASS Director
Email: b.milne@auckland.ac.nz

The Energy Centre

Interior of Britomart Train Station

The Energy Centre is research-led with a research programme focused on three broad areas: energy markets, resource and environment markets, and transport economics. Research priorities are set by the Centre and are based on conversations with partner companies, the energy sector more generally, transport agencies and government agencies. Based in the University of Auckland Business School, the Centre has important cross-disciplinary linkages with the School of Engineering, Engineering Science and the Transport Research Centre.

The research-policy nexus is an essential attribute of Centre activities. Meetings and seminars provide a vehicle for business and government agencies to engage with the Centre's programme. Stakeholder participation ensures policy relevance. Reports, media releases and submissions to government on proposed policy are underpinned by research.

The Energy Centre website


Professor Basil Sharp
Phone: +64 9 923 5366
Email: b.sharp@auckland.ac.nz

Auckland Environment Observatory

The Auckland Environment Observatory is a new strategic partnership between Auckland Council and the University of Auckland. It consolidates the wide range of environmental research programmes the University carries out on behalf of the people of Auckland. Both organisations believe that by working together and aligning their research in five areas, they can make the best possible use of resources to deliver top-quality insights to benefit Auckland and Aucklanders. The five areas are:

  1. Terrestrial ecology and conservation
  2. Freshwater science
  3. Coastal and marine science
  4. Climate and air quality
  5. Soils

The AEO aims to:

  • Produce high-quality science
  • Develop new research programmes
  • Produce high-quality datasets
  • Provide research-student projects and postgraduate scholarships

The Auckland Environment Observatory website

Email: info@aucklandenvironmentobservatory.org.nz