Funding for new research on public housing & urban regeneration

A University of Otago research proposal has been awarded an Endeavour Fund 2020 grant of $12,393,935 (excluding GST) by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Sesquicentennial Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman

In the five-year project Public housing and urban regeneration: maximising well-being the team will look at public housing as a driver of well-being and sustainable urban regeneration. The multidisciplinary team includes six provider partners with different governance structures, funding, community relationships and design: Tāmaki Regeneration Company, Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project, Wainuiomata Marae Trust, Wellington City Council, Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and the Salvation Army.  

The research team includes researchers from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, University of Waikato and other community partners.

The key outcomes include energy efficiency, use of public transport, carbon emissions, educational achievement, employment, benefits, health and their impact on community wellbeing. The aim of the project is to better understand the comparative effectiveness and co-benefits of different housing models on wellbeing.

The team is working in close partnership with Ngāti Toa and Wainuiomata Marae Trust, Pasifika providers and communities. They have major stakeholders and expert advisors in the public and private sector.

For more information contact Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman philippa.howden-chapman@otago.ac.nz