Mark Grams

BA, PGDip Secondary Education, Master Environmental Studies


While undertaking postgraduate study, Mark worked as research assistant to Ralph Chapman at Victoria University of Wellington, working on the ACTIVE study.

ACTIVE is a research project that evaluates the effectiveness of the Model Communities Programme. This programme was funded by the NZ Transport Agency to lift walking and cycling in Hastings and New Plymouth and potentially provide an exemplar of investment in effective active travel programmes. The ACTIVE study examines whether walking and cycling habits, as well as attitudes and perceptions, are changing as a result of the interventions. Mark’s primary contribution is a study of benefits and costs, published as thesis research for his masters degree.


Active investment: Evaluating the benefits and costs of investing in active travel in the urban New Zealand context Master of Environmental Studies thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2015
Increasing active travel: Aims, methods and baseline measures of a quasi-experimental studyBMC Public Health, 2014, 14, 935