NZWRI provides high-quality research across a broad multidisciplinary programme concerned with people and work. Director of NZWRI is Professor Gail Pacheco, who is supported by Lisa Meehan (Associate Director, Economics and Research) and leaders of our specialist research groups. Links to the seven groups are below and provide details of current key projects and members within each group. Our research groups enable research experts to provide research (at both the national and international level) that ticks the boxes for both academic rigour, as well as being relevant to policy makers in business, government, and the community in general - see our latest annual report.

Research themes

We place emphasis on a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach and rank engagement with external stakeholders as a high priority.

The research themes diagram illustrates the broad nature of research streams encompassed at NZWRI, and the overlapping nature of many topics across research groups.

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External clients

The institute also provides commissioned work for a range of external clients, with recent examples including work for the Productivity Commission, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry for Women, United Nations Women, Vodafone Foundation NZ, and the Blind Foundation.

NZWRI members

Meet our core team, research associates and advisors.

Our people