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Our research

The NCLR undertakes academic projects that focus on:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Community research
  • Economic outcomes

Our researchers are involved in projects at all stages of the lifecourse from early life to studies on ageing.

The Centre receives funding from a number of organisations including the NZ Health Research Council, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Research projects

Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand (GLSNZ)

The Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ (GLSNZ) run by the NCLR is the most comprehensive study of a country’s university graduates the world has ever seen.

Find out more about The Graduate Longitundinal Study NZ


Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti

Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti is a research programme being undertaken by the NCLR and Māori community research partner – Te Pou Tiringa (Governance body of Te Kōpae Piripono). Researchers are undertaking an evaluation of Te Kōpae Piripono, a Taranaki Māori immersion early childhood education and whānau setting.

The objective of the research is to create an evidence base around what constitutes effective early life kaupapa Māori programming for tamariki (children) and whānau (family) that will lead to improved health and educational outcomes later in life for tamariki. The research is located at the interface between mātauranga Māori and Western science, and has a lifecourse and whānau ora orientation.

Selected publications

Edwards, W., Craig, D., Theodore, R.F., Korewha, H., Tamati, A., Hond-Flavell, E., Ratima, M. & Poulton, R. (2013) Exploring the knowledge interface: Partnership in a Taranaki Māori Community Health Research Programme. Conference Proceedings. Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference: Partnership or Collaboration: Is there a difference? New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Ratima, M. (2013) Power sharing in research partnerships. Conference Proceedings. Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference: Partnership or Collaboration: Is there a difference? New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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The DunChurch project

The Dunedin and Christchurch longitudinal studies have combined resources to address important social/health/education/justice issues in New Zealand, working with policy officials and politicians to agree on the key issues. These issues include:

  1. Intimate partner violence.
  2. Pathways into and out of benefit dependence.
  3. Pathways into and out of poverty.
  4. Life course aspects of child abuse and neglect: how and when to best intervene?

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Translational research: Informing policy and practice

  • The NCLR is a translational research centre
  • NCLR research focuses on providing an evidence base for policy and practice
  • NCLR researchers are involved in a number of government strategic policy committees, review panels and research funding committees

In 2015, NCLR Co-Director Professor Richie Poulton was appointed as the Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Social Development.

Recent translational areas have included: