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New left think tank Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA) will be launched this Friday 2 September at Victoria University, Wellington.

5.30pm Drinks & nibbles The Hub, Kelburn Parade

6.00 – 7.30pm Public launch Room KKLT303, Kirk Bldng

Media are invited to attend.

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Keynote speaker will be UK writer Nick Srnicek, a lecturer at City University London, and co-author with Alex Williams of Inventing the Future (2016). Nick will discuss the significance of left think tanks and place the emergence of ERSA within an international context.

Project coordinator Sue Bradford, Victoria University lecturer Dylan Taylor and ESRA Chair Dr Warwick Tie will co-host the event, which will also include a brief panel discussion with several key sector leaders about the significance of ESRA for union and grassroots activist politics.

ESRA has been established by a project group of academics and activists to deepen informed debate and discourse on the left of New Zealand politics and to carry out research and analysis which will benefit unions, community based organisations and others working on a kaupapa of social, economic, ecological and Tiriti justice.

More details about the new organisation, its goals, activities and people can be found on ESRA’s website


  1. Well done all, we need to think community not global if we are survive as Capitalism will not survive nor globalism without socialism intertwined.
    Loo forward Sue to this event beginning and bringing some light to our very dark days we are in now under planet key.

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