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Economic and Social Research Aotearoa invites you to join us in nurturing informed progressive debate in Aotearoa. We are a national think tank committed to high quality research and analysis based on a kaupapa of social, economic, ecological and Tiriti justice. more

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Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change 2017

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The fourth annual conference in the Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change series will be hosted by Economic and Social Research Aotearoa and Massey University, 6 – 8 September 2017 at Massey’s Albany campus in Auckland. more

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Political strategy and organisation

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Join ESRA’s Political Organisation Inquiry Group for a facilitated fortnightly reading group, designed to strengthen the thinking of a resurgent left in response to some of the key organisational and strategic issues of our time. more

Marching into Autumn at ESRA

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As the new year gets into full swing there’s a lot happening here, even if not a great deal is publicly visible yet. Here’s an update on our research program, upcoming conferences, other activities in the works, and what’s been happening behind the scenes. more

Thinking about Political Organisation

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ESRA recently held a day long symposium on new forms of political organisation. Speakers engaged in the left in Aotearoa came together to explore the flourishing of new political organisations and ways of thinking and doing politics. more

Sam Huggard, Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions

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“$19 billion a year which formerly would have been in the hands of workers and their families and their communities is now held up in the hands of capital, that doesn’t sound like a system to me which is working well for workers.” more

Kassie Hartendorp

Neoliberalism as a Colonising Project

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“If indigenous people were given a space to be able to think about what system would work for them, I don’t think that would look like capitalism” – Kassie Hartendorp speaking at the launch of ESRA. more

Nick Srnicek

What Comes After Neoliberalism?

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“Neoliberalism is dead, and we have an opening to produce something new. We have the chance to create a new future, and I think institutions like ESRA are going to be central to this project.” – Nick Srnicek more

“The first real leftwing think tank in New Zealand”

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On Friday 2 September ESRA launched to a crowd of over 200 people at the Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change conference in Wellington. more

What’s the story behind ESRA?

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Since the 1980s many on the left have lamented the lack of any major cross sectoral left think tank in Aotearoa New Zealand capable of combatting the policies of neoliberal capitalism and of promoting well researched alternatives and solutions. more

ABOUT US

Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA) is a new left think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand. ESRA aims to harness the resources and expertise of activists and academics to carry out research, debate, advocacy and education which serves the interests of social, economic, ecological and Tiriti justice. more