Research Projects 2010

An archive of research projects from 2010 supported by Transforming Cities.

Active transport to reduce carbon emissions in Auckland: Health effects, equity, barriers and facilitators

Principal Investigator

Tricia Austin
Architecture and Planning

Researchers

  • Associate Professor Niki Harré
    Psychology
  • Dr Quentin Atkinson
    Psychology
  • Dr Graeme Lindsay
    Population Health
  • Dr Jamie Hosking
    Population Health
  • Dr Alexandra Macmillan
    Population Health
  • Dr James Woodcock
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Tania Utley
    Architecture and Planning

This project used Vibat Auckland, a transport carbon emissions model calibrated for Auckland in a research partnership with researchers at Oxford University. It started by identifying the desired reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for Auckland by 2041 and the modelling the likely impacts of policies that could be implemented to achieve the targets.

Research aims

  • Identify and model the health benefits of walking and cycling
  • Understand the behavioural changes required for the diverse populations in Auckland to take up more active transport modes
  • Understand the equity and health equity implications

Anchor organisations, sustainability and new forms of leadership in transforming Auckland

Principal Investigators

Professor Larry Murphy
Property

Dr Nick Lewis
School of Environment

Researchers 

  • Professor Richard Le Heron
    School of Environment
  • Professor Brad Jackson
    Leadership Institute, School of Business
  • Dr Charotte Šunde
    Transforming Cities, Research Fellow in Planning

This project investigated cross-organisational leadership initiatives among key economic actors (both public and private) with long term and defining commitments to Auckland. A sustainable future for Auckland must draw on a transformational political economy that is embedded in, and responsive to, its communities and environments. The team believes we need to actively engage alongside these actors in new ways to imagine and build a transformational Auckland.

The place of diverse ethnic communities and business innovation in transforming Auckland

Principal Investigators

Professor Robin Kearns
School of Environment

Professor Hugh Whittaker
Management and International Business, NZ Asia institute

Researchers

  • Dr Wardlow Friesen
    School of Environment
  • Professor Manying Ip
    Asian Studies

This project asked the question: How does the contemporary ethnic diversity of Auckland promote positive socio-economic transformation of the city, enhance economic innovation, and foster engagement between New Zealand and Asia? The research team investigated Chinese and Indian businesses in Auckland and examined how their ‘host’ neighbourhoods think and feel about them; for example, in terms of employment, access to goods and services, and community engagement.

Transforming Auckland into a bicycle friendly city

Principal Investigator

Dr Judith Wang
Energy Centre

Researchers

  • Dr Andrea Raith
    Department of Engineering Science
  • Dr Hugh Byrd
    School of Architecture and Planning

This project received seeding funds to look at why cycling in Auckland is lower than the national average and aimed to find out what puts people off bicycling and what encourages them. Researchers looked to international cities like Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany to see what Auckland can learn from their experience. This project is extended in the 2011 funding round "Transforming Auckland’s transportation system into a resilient, environmentally-friendly and health-enhancing system with a spatial decision support system".