Research Projects

These diverse topics represent areas where New Zealand has the potential to bring about meaningful change. How New Zealand responds to these issues will shape our public policy landscape for generations to come.


Exploring ways to address climate change

Investing in science for the long-term benefit of New Zealand

Promoting the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean


EmpoweringNew Zealand citizens and building social capital

Contributing to Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’

Exploring ways to tackle poverty in New Zealand


Learning lessons now for the future

Winning the war against COVID-19

Building a constitution for the 21st century 

Types of Projects

We have divided our projects into two types: policy projects and research projects. Our flagship project, Project 2058 (which refers to the year 2058), continues to drive all of our work, and the policy projects and research projects contribute to it and each other in different ways. The policy projects shape and guide the research projects and the research projects inform the policy projects. We see the relationship between these two types of projects as constantly feeding off each other – as illustrated in Figure 1 below.

About the policy projects
As a result of our observation that in policy-making, foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we developed three interlinking policy projects: ForesightNZStrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Each of these tools must align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy.

About the research projects
Our research projects are framed and fed into by our policy projects and address a range of significant issues facing New Zealand. They are developed in response to a wide range of areas of study:

CivicsNZ, ClimateChangeNZ, PandemicNZ, SupplyNZ, OneOceanNZ, EmpowerNZ, PandemicNZ, PublicScienceNZ, TacklingPovertyNZ and TalentNZ.