What makes a great neighbourhood?

We all want to live in friendly neighbourhoods with great amenities. What are the sustainable housing policies to achieve that goal?

William Cheung
Dr William Cheung and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Metson at the 2022 Celebrating Research Excellence Awards.

William Cheung from the Business School is connecting the dots between the qualities of a great neighbourhood, the housing market and people's well-being.

A safe and good place to live transforms the lives of individuals and cities. Cheung's research on sustainable housing policies, including the exit and entry affordability of subsidised housing aims to explore what makes a friendly neighbourhood. This includes investigating how walkable an area is, and its prevalence of public spaces and amenties accessible for those with disabilities, the elderly and children.

His work was recognised with an Early Career award at the Celebrating Research Excellence Awards 2022 at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.

Media contact: Gilbert Wong, 021917942, gilbert.wong@auckland.ac.nz

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