Social science research
Social science research at BRANZ seeks to understand the relationship between people and our built environment - both how we use it and how we feel about it. We draw upon the theory and methods of sociology and social anthropology to examine these relationships.
We take a systems approach to our research, studying interactions and impacts across the building system with a focus on the human element.
We aim to create dialogue between building users, the building and construction industry and the government. Our goal is to help these groups confront contemporary challenges within the built environment and to pursue innovations in the practice of social science.
We provide expertise in:
- urban sociology
- science, technology and society
- social and behaviour change
- consumer studies
- industrial sociology.
Knowledge generated from our research has contributed to resources and tools for both consumers and the industry. We have also provided valuable evidence for government decision making.
- providing insights on consumer experiences of exceeding the minimum
- putting the issue of mental health in construction workers on the agenda, leading to setting up Mates in Construction within New Zealand.
Economics analysis and forecasting
Our Economics team carries out business performance research, product market analysis and workload forecasts for businesses in the building and construction sector. We also provide advice on the effects of government policy changes.