Key factors for faster growing NZ towns and cities

Four key factors are behind New Zealand towns and cities with the fastest growing populations, according to a study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, led by Arthur Grimes as part of the Resilient Urban Futures research programme. These are land-use capability, human capital, sunshine hours and proximity to Auckland.

Posted in NZ policy issues and research and urban governance on 5 January 2015 – 9:05 am

Health and cities: A major new global science collaboration

World health, environmental, behavioural and social science experts have launched a major new interdisciplinary scientific collaboration. It aims to empower planners and policy-makers to achieve better health for billions of people living in fast-growing urban areas.

Posted in health and news & events on 15 December 2014 – 1:11 pm

Urban health and sustainability summer school

We have a great new programme for the February 2015 Public Health Summer School, with seminars on sustainable urban transport, climate change, and affordable housing. Start the new year with a day of inspiration and learning. Register by 19 December and get an earlybird discount.

Posted in climate change and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and transport on 12 December 2014 – 1:03 pm

Housing and health team wins Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Congratulations to our fellow research group, the He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, who have won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

Posted in energy and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and video & audio on 3 December 2014 – 1:05 pm

Getting inspired about making cities more sustainable

Prompted by a Radio NZ programme (Tommy Honey, ‘Urbanist’, 22 September 2014), Ralph Chapman samples the range of interesting literature and journalism that has emerged in recent years about remaking cities to be more sustainable:

Posted in health and housing & building and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 26 November 2014 – 7:37 am