About Us

Learn more about the Urban Research Network, our aims and our people.

Ironbank building in Auckland
Ironbank building in Auckland

Urban research expertise and strength is currently reflected in a number of research centres, units and researchers across many disciplines at the University of Auckland. The broad aim of the Urban Research Network is to promote the University as a leader in urban research to a variety of external organisations in the public and private sectors, both national and international. We do this by making more visible the expertise and scholarship that exists among our researchers and research organisations. Our network builds on the thematic research initiative: Transforming Cities, which has established a collaborative pan-University research community that connects national and international tertiary institutions, government agencies and industry bodies. We will enhance and extend these achievements by promoting this expertise, and potential new trans-disciplinary and institutional collaborations. These opportunities will also be expanded through collaboration with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement and the resources of Uniservices.

See the Transforming Cities archive.

Our aims

  • Establish the University of Auckland as New Zealand's leading urban research organisation by providing a unified network connecting scholarship, research and expertise across the University with external demand from local, national and international organisations, including local and central government, industry, community groups and Māori.
  • Work in partnership with key decision makers enabling research, scholarship and expertise to inform policy and investment decisions taken by key decision makers in the public and private sectors.
  • Coordinate and connect external research needs with internal scholarship and expertise across the University.
  • Enhance the University's success in external research funding in urban research areas, such as the current National Science Challenges, MBIE, HRC, BRANZ and Marsden Grants, and international research bids.
  • Contribute to achieving the University's key strategic objectives for research.

General enquiries

The Urban Research Network is housed in the School of Architecture and Planning, part of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries.

General enquiries can be directed to: urbanresearch@auckland.ac.nz.

Physical location

Level 4, Room 422 and 424, Building 421, University of Auckland
Architecture and Planning
26 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Postal address

Urban Research Network
C/- School of Architecture and Planning
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142

Our people

Co-Directors

Professor Errol Haarhoff
Architecture
Phone: +64 9 923 8629
Email: e.haarhoff@auckland.ac.nz
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Room 421-422, Level 4
Architecture and Planning Building
Building 421, 26 Symonds Street
Auckland Central

Professor Suzanne Wilkinson
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Phone: +64 9 923 8184
Email: s.wilkinson@auckland.ac.nz
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Room 401-1011, Level 1
Building 401, 20 Symonds Street
Auckland Central

Professor Laurence Murphy
Geography, School of Environment
Phone: +64 9 923 8631
Email: l.murphy@auckland.ac.nz
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Room 201N-438, Level 4, Human Sciences Building
Building 201 - North, 10 Symonds Street
Auckland Central

Research Liaison and Communications Coordinator

Melanie Milicich
Phone: +64 9 923 6894
Email: m.milicich@auckland.ac.nz
Room 421-424, Level 4, Architecture and Planning Building
Building 421, 26 Symonds Street
Auckland Central

Management team members

Professor Jenny Dixon
DVC Strategic Engagement
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Professor Diane Brand
Dean of Creative Arts and Industries
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Professor John Hosking
Dean of Science
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Professor Nic Smith
Dean of Engineering
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