A selection of urban research publications produced by the Transforming Cities Research College and Urban Research Network.



Perkins, H. C. and Thorns, D. C., 2012, Place, Identity and Everyday Life in a Globalizing World. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Journal Articles

Lewis, N. and Murphy, L. (2015) Anchor organisations in Auckland: Rolling constructively with neoliberalism? Local Economy 30 (1): 98-118.

Mackay, M., Perkins, H. C. and Taylor, C. N. (2014) Producing and consuming the global multifunctional countryside: Rural tourism in the South Island of New Zealand, K. Dashper (ed.) ‘Rural Tourism: An International Perspective’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


Reeves, D, and Lacey, A. (2015) Pacific Climate Change Migrants to New Zealand. A Research Agenda. Workshop Report. Transforming Cities, the University of Auckland. Auckland, NZ.

Reeves, D., et al. (eds) (2016) A State of New Zealand Report: For UN Habitat III. Auckland: Urban Research Network, University of Auckland.


Journal Articles

Hamzah, H. and Murphy, L. (2014) The role of institutions in sustaining mandatory low-income housing. Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 20 (2): 129-144.

Murphy, L. (2014) 'Houston, we've got a problem': The Political Construction of a Housing Affordability Metric in New Zealand. Housing Studies 29(7): 893-909.


Haarhoff, E., Beattie, L., Dixon, J., Dupuis, A., Lysnar, P., and Murphy, L., with Solomon, R. (2012) Future Intensive: Insights for Auckland's Housing. Auckland: Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Lysnar, P., & Dupuis, A. (2015). Meeting the housing needs of multi-generational households. BRANZ Report ER4. Auckland: Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Mengzhu Fu. (2015) Children and Housing: A Literature Review, for the “Children and rental housing” research group of led by Julie Park, Kathryn Scott and Tricia Laing and funded by Transforming Cities. Anthropology programme. School of Social Sciences. The University of Auckland.

Mills, A., Thom, K., Maynard, A., Meehan, C., Kidd, J., Newcombe, D., & Widdowson, D. (2015). Meeting the housing needs of vulnerable populations in New Zealand. Auckland: Transforming Cities, University of Auckland.

Murphy, L. D., & Rehm, M. J. (2013). Inclusionary Zoning and Brownfield Residential Development: A Feasibility Study. 1-45.

Conference Papers

Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC2016)

Chamberlain, P. Vallance, S. Perkins, H. C. and Dupuis, A. 2011, Community commodified: Planning for a sense of community in residential subdivisions. Presented at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Auckland, 17-19 November 2010.

Haarhoff, E. J., Beattie, L., Dixon, J., Dupuis, A., Lysnar, P., & Murphy, L. (2013). Future Intensive: Obstacles and opportunities to achieving compact urban form in Auckland. Paper presented at State of Australian Cities National Conference, Sydney. 26 November - 29 November 2013.

Mackay, M., Perkins, H., Gidlow, B. (2013) DIY Dreams and the 'Potential' of House and Home. Paper presented at Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Freemantle, February, 2013.

Mackay, M., Perkins, H. (2014) Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement: Practice at the nexus of Consumption and Production. Paper presented at IAG/NZGS Conference, Melbourne, June, 2014.

Murphy, L. D. (2013). The Political Construction of Housing Affordability Problems and Solutions in New Zealand. Paper presented at Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) 2013 Annual International Conference, London, UK. 27 August - 30 August 2013.

Murphy, L. D. (2013). Price Dynamics in Medium Density Housing. Paper presented at Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference 2013, Melbourne. 13 January - 16 January 2013.

Urban Ecology

Book Chapters

Sunde, C., & Longley, A. M. (2013). 'fluid city' / Water in the Sustainable City: An Arts-Science-Education Collaboration for Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand. In N. Duxbury (Ed.) Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities. Coimbra, Portugal: Almedina.

Journal Articles

Doody, B., Perkins, H. C., Sullivan, J. J., Meurk, C. D., and Stewart, G. H. (2014). Performing weeds: gardening, planty agencies and urban plant conservation. Geoforum 56: 124–136.

Galbraith, J. A., Beggs, J. R., Jones, D. N., & Stanley, M. C. (2015). Supplementary feeding restructures urban bird communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 (20), doi: 10.1073/pnas.1501489112

Longley, A. M., Fitzpatrick, K., Sunde, C., Ehlers, C., Martin, R., Brown, C., Brierley, G., & Waghorn, K. (2013). Streams of writing from a fluid city. Qualitative Inquiry, 19 (9), 736-740. doi: 10.1177/1077800413500936

Wyse, S.V.,  Beggs, J. R., Burns, B. R., & Stanley, M. C. et al. (2015). Protecting trees at an individual level provides insufficient safeguard for urban forests, Landscape and Urban Planning, 141, 112–122.

Conference Papers

Foster, R. J. and Perkins, H. C., 2011, “We were careful to not call it a species”: A social scientific interpretation of species concepts, taxonomy and conservation. Proceedings of the Conserv-Vision Conference, University of Waikato, 2-4 July 2007. The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand.   

Climate Change Migration and Cities


Reeves, D, and Lacey, A. (2015) Pacific Climate Change Migrants to New Zealand. A Research Agenda. Workshop Report. Auckland: Transforming Cities, University of Auckland.  


Journal Articles

Byrd, H. (2012) The Case for Policy Changes in New Zealand Housing Standards Due to Cooling and Climate Change. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 14(4), 360 - 370.

Byrd, H. and Ho, A. (2012) Exergy and the City. Solar Progress, Spring 2012. 13-14.

Ho, A. & Byrd, H. (2013) The Power of Suburbia. Build. Vol 135.April/May 2013, 74-75.

Byrd, H., Ho, A., Sharp, B., Kumar-Nair, N. (2013) Measuring the solar potential of a city and its implications for energy policy. Energy Policy, Volume 61, October 2013, 944–952.  

Working Papers

These papers and booklets are published as working papers and have not been peer reviewed. They are subject to copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for educational purposes.

Byrd, Hugh (2012) The Solar Potential of Auckland Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Byrd, Hugh (2012) Energy Climate Buildings: An Introduction to Designing Future-Proof Buildings in New Zealand and the Tropical Pacific Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Byrd, Hugh, Ho, Anna and Nash, Eva (2012) Myths and Maths Behind a Low Carbon Auckland Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Byrd, Hugh (2012) Celebrating Sundials Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Green Infrastructure

Greening Cities

This report is a review of the published literature available on green infrastructure (GI) and GI developments. The authors have identified procedures, functions and benefits to establish the ways in which GI may be utilised to enhance liveability of urban environments. A broad range of GI practices have been reviewed, highlighting the ecosystem services provided by each and the state of current research concerning each. The GI assets and procedures reviewed at the macro scale include nature reserves, parks and wetlands; and at the micro scale, living roofs, green walls, green streets, permeable paving, rain gardens, bioswales and ponds.

This publication is subject to copyright and can be downloaded and referred to for educational purposes.

Boyle, C., Gamage, G., Burns, B., Fassman-Beck, E., Knight-Lenihan, S., Schwendenmann, L., & Thresher, W. (2014). Greening Cities: A review of Green Infrastructure Transforming Cities, The University of Auckland.

Active Transport

Full Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Austin, P., Howell, M., Utley, T., Fergusson, E., Hickman, R. (2011) Visualising the Impossible? Simulating options for low carbon transport scenarios in Auckland, New Zealand. State of Australian Cities conference. Melbourne, November 2011.

World Urban Forum Publication

Ismail, K., Munya, A., Syam, A., Mandal, A., Ahmad, N., Azizui, M., Hussain, N. (2014) Promoting Sustainable Strategies for a Resilient Asia Pacific Transforming Cities, University of Auckland.

This publication was produced by a group of PhD students form the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, as the outcome from their attendance at the World Urban Forum, Naples, Italy in September, 2012.