behaviour change

How to gain health benefits from urban improvements

Out now from our researchers – how improving the built environment, such as retrofitting houses or designing streets to encourage cycling and walking, can have significant impacts on our health and well-being.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and health and housing & building and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 11 August 2015 – 5:04 pm

Kids in the city: Including children in an intensifying city

We held a lunchtime seminar: Kids in the City: Including children in an intensifying city. With: Karen Witten and Robin Kearns. Video now available:

Posted in behaviour change and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design and video & audio on 28 May 2015 – 3:10 pm

Video: Increasing walking and cycling in NZ cities

Michael Keall and Ralph Chapman speak about our new study showing that the Model Communities Programme, which¬†provided government funding for walking and cycling in two NZ cities, has been successful in stopping the general decline in healthy, active travel.¬†Sarah Free discusses Wellington’s progress on cycling infrastructure.

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 25 March 2015 – 8:27 am

Robin Kearns: Child-friendly city would let us ease up on cotton wool

Last week a driver – a parent herself – sadly missed seeing three children step out to cross the road. Their subsequent injuries were unquestionably tragic. I feel for them, their families and the driver. But an additional sadness is revealed by the comment by one of the police officers responding to the crash. They said it was “unacceptable” for young children to be walking to school without adult supervision. My question is: unacceptable to whom?

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design on 19 February 2015 – 3:32 pm

City cycling demand analysis

Tom Pettit and Nadine Dodge, both with our Resilient Urban Futures research programme, have explored how people would like to cycle in Wellington City. Wellington City Council funded their report and will use this research in deciding how to develop a cycleway from Island Bay to the central city.

Posted in behaviour change and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 15 September 2014 – 8:21 am