Social and economic research

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment engages and partners with the community and conducts a wide range of social and economic research, analysis and evaluation.

Our social research, analysis and evaluation includes:

  • community attitudes to the environment
  • social research around climate change
  • economic analysis of environmental protection, natural resource management, biodiversity, pollution and waste activities
  • how people feel about our built and cultural heritage.

Every three years since 1994, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (former Office of Environment and Heritage) has conducted a survey of the NSW community and discussion groups to track trends in the public’s environmental views, priorities, knowledge and actions.

View full reports of the Who Cares about the Environment social research series.

We undertake analysis across a range of activities relating to environmental protection, natural resource management, biodiversity, pollution and waste. This analysis helps the development of better environmental policy for NSW.

View Economic analysis and research.

Our national parks make a significant contribution to the health and spiritual wellbeing of the community, the economies of regions surrounding parks and the preservation of wildlife and habitat.

We conduct surveys, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis of:

  • Visitation rates
  • The benefits of outdoor recreation
  • Multimedia and traditional park activities

Visit Social research.

Community research and monitoring partnerships

Our research and monitoring partnerships with the community through programs such as Saving our Species and Citizen Science make an enormous contribution to the preservation of the natural, cultural and built environment and history of NSW

Visit Saving our Species and Citizen science to see how you can get involved.