About Parallax Research


Parallax Research is a boutique New Zealand based research consultancy specialising in social and economic research. Our research approach and philosophy is embodied in our name "Parallax", which emphasises the multifaceted nature of social and economic phenomena and the associated need to employ multiple perspectives and research methods to understanding them.

Parallax was established by Peter King, PhD, MRSNZ, following a 15 year career as a sociologist and senior researcher with a community based social policy research agency.

Peter's research has been in the fields of relationships between social and physical space, income distribution, social gerontology, and contract research in a wide range of areas.

He has been a Principal Investigator and Science Leader with the Enhancing Wellbeing in an Ageing Society research programme (EWAS) and Principal Investigator with the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA). He has research interests in the closely related fields of social and economic inequality, class, and power.

In 2012 and 2013 Peter carried out research for the New Zealand Living Wage Campaign to identify an appropriate living wage level. He was lead author of the resulting report.

In 2014 Parallax Research carried out the analysis underlying the first annual update of the Living Wage rate for the New Zealand Living Wage Campaign. Peter was lead author of the resulting report.  In 2017, Parallax Research carried out the analysis underlying the first scheduled five year review and recalculation of the New Zealand Living Wage.

He was a named researcher with the Sucessful Whanau research project led by Massey University and the Family Centre Social Policy Unit, and carried out research for a "snapshot and mapping" of the Wairarapa Social Sector Trial being carried out under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Development. 

Currently, Peter is an Associate Investigator with the Ageing Well National Acience Challenge focusing on investigating social isolation and loneliness among older Māori and Pacific people. He is also presently conducting wellbeing related research into the question  of capabilities and adaptive preference in mid to late life based on data from NZLSA.

His previous work is detailed on the Projects and Publications pages and CV.

Peter has the following memberships:

Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
Government Economics Network (GEN)
Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ)
Research College of the BRCSS Network 2004 –
Grant reviewer for the Health Research Council of New Zealand, 2012
Grant reviewer for the Health Research Council of New Zealand, 2011
2004 CPI (Consumer Price Index) Review Advisory Committee.
Expert group advising on the development and refinement of the living standards survey questionnaire for the Ministry of Social Development during October 2003.