Our External Connections

We have connections with AHURI, UN Habitat, Worldwide Universities Network and other organisations.

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

The University of Auckland signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). The agreement recognises the shared desire by the two organisations for healthier, more vibrant, and liveable cities and communities. It also reflects the shared aim to further the internationalisation of urban research and expertise within the University and AHURI.

AHURI is a national, not-for-profit, independent network of urban research institutes that funds, conducts, disseminates and tailors high quality research on the themes of housing, homelessness and cities, including research specific to Indigenous Australians. AHURI’s work informs the policies and practices of governments, industry, and the community sector, and it stimulates debate in the broader Australian community. It has partner research centres at Curtin University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, University of Western Australia and University of Western Sydney.

For further information please contact:

Professor Laurence Murphy
Department of Property, Business School
Phone: +64 9 923 8631
Email: l.murphy@auckland.ac.nz

Visit the AHURI website

Habitat Partner University Network (HPU)

The University is a member of the Habitat Partner University Network (HPU) of the United Nations Human Settlements Program UN-HABITAT. UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities throughout the world, focusing on the three pillars of sustainability: equity, ecology and economy. The University is committed to supporting UN-HABITAT's mandate of promoting sustainable urban development, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

For further information please contact:

Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem
Development Studies, School of Social Science, Faculty of Arts
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82311
Email: y.underhill-sem@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Dory Reeves
Planning, School of Architecture and Planning
National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI)
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83944
Email: d.reeves@auckland.ac.nz

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

The University is a partner in WUN, a global network driving international research collaboration and developing research talent. WUN's membership spans 19 universities from 11 countries on 5 continents. Researchers from across the University including those working on urban issues, are involved in WUN activities. WUN's mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks by collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop research leaders who will be prepared to address the significant challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world. The organisation uses the combined resources and intellectual power of its membership to achieve collective international objectives and to stretch international ambitions.

Throughout the year, WUN hosts conferences, workshops, seminars and events that bring an international community of researchers together to share ideas, spark collaboration and further ground-breaking research. These events partner with leading universities, academic societies, international organisations, foundations and governments to ensure our research has relevance and impact.

For further information about WUN, please visit their website.

For further information about WUN at the University, contact:

Usha Bhatia
International Networks Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85562
Email: internationalrelations@auckland.ac.nz

Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN)

AECURN is a network of PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from across Australia and New Zealand who are undertaking research on cities.

AECURN aims:

  • Provide a forum for networking and sharing academic expertise and resources.
  • To facilitate communication amongst PhD candidates and ECRs who have an interest in urban issues.
  • Offer a platform for members to organise research training workshops, seminars, guest lectures, etc to occur nationally, regionally or city-wide.
  • To encourage members to participate in AECURN-related activities, particularly the biennial State of Australian Cities conference and PhD workshops, and publication in Australian urban journals.
  • To establish links with other young academic networks internationally.

For further information about AECURN and to join, please visit their website.

New Zealand representatives:

Dr Tom Baker
School of Environment, University of Auckland
Email: t.baker@auckland.ac.nz

Elham Bahmanteymouri
School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland
Email: e.bahmanteymouri@auckland.ac.nz  

To find out about New Zealand branch activities please see our NZECURN page.