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Research programme

Each year, EQC provides approximately $17 million of funding for research and data on natural hazard risks, how to reduce risks and build New Zealand’s resilience.

Our research programme is a core part of our Resilience Strategy for Natural Hazard Risk Reduction and is part of our function under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993.

Nearly $14 million of our research and data investment goes toward our principal science investment, GeoNet, which provides a national network of more than 700 sensors to monitor geological hazards and deliver real-time hazard information. The rest is invested in resilience and hazard science through university-based research and teaching programmes, regional groups (e.g .DEVORA and It’s our Fault) and funding of individual science projects (e.g. Biennial grants).

Our areas of focus for the research programme are set out in our Research Priorities Investment Statement. Key focus areas are:

  • New Zealand’s natural hazard risk profile and likely impacts of hazards
  • Building and infrastructure performance
  • Land performance and use
  • The governance and economics of disasters and disaster risk management
  • How people perceive and manage risk

Occasionally we undertake our own research, such as the Ground Improvement Programme.

EQC’s research programme also contributes to education within the sector (e.g. engineers, planners, insurers) as well as to our own Public Education Programme.

All data and research results funded by EQC are publicly available.


You can search our Research papers here

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