Associate Professor Ralph Chapman

Director Graduate Programme, Environmental Studies

Victoria University of Wellington


Academic Research Projects:

Climate change policy; Sustainable transport and urban form; Housing and the environment (heating and health; housing and energy use; Warm Homes for Elderly NZers); Environmental governance; Comparative Environmental Policy and Performance (Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand).

Current Research Projects:
- Resilient Urban Futures: leading project on compact v. dispersed patterns of urban development.
- Resilient Urban Futures: contributing PI on ACTIVE project evaluating active travel in model communities.
- Resilient Urban Futures: contributor to project on the drivers of urban development trajectories.

Video: Ralph speaking on the economics of affordable housing

Recent submissions include:
- R Chapman, submission to Ministry for the Environment on New Zealand’s climate change target, June 2015
- R Chapman, K Whitwell, N Dodge, submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council on the Wellington draft regional land transport plan, 2015
- N Dodge et al, submission to Wellington City Council on the Wellington urban growth plan
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Book and interview: Time of useful consciousness: Acting urgently on climate change

More information and contact details


Investment for Sustainable TransportNovember 2017
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Framing mobility investmentNovember 2017
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The future of Wellington’s bus fleet: The environmental and health implications of different upgrade options for Wellington’s bus fleetNZCSC Policy Paper, Victoria University of Wellington and New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Wellington, May 2016
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Setting New Zealand's post-2020 climate targetWellington: Royal Society of New Zealand, 2015
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Increasing active travel: Results of a quasi-experimental study of an intervention to encourage walking and cyclingJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2015, 69, 1184-1190
Urban interventions: Understanding health co-benefits Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 168(DP4), 2015, 196 -203
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New Zealand CAN do more to cut emissions – Here’s howResponding to Climate Change, 9 July 2015,
From coping to resilience: The role of managed retreat in highly developed coastal regions of New ZealandIn B Glavovic, R Kaye, M Kelly, A Travers (eds.) Climate change and the coast: Building resilient communities, London, Taylor and Francis, 2015
Increasing active travel: Aims, methods and baseline measures of a quasi-experimental studyBMC Public Health, 2014, 14, 935
Renewable energy leapfrogging in China's urban development? Current status and outlookSustainable Cities and Society (in press)
Dealing with changing risks: A New Zealand perspective on climate change adaptation Regional Environmental Change, 2014
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Urbanism in the age of climate changeJournal of Urban Design, 19:1, 147-149 (2013)
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Understanding resilient urban futures: A systemic modelling approachSustainability, 5: 3202-3223 (2013) doi:10.3390/su5073202
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‘Reserving judgement’: Perceptions of pumped hydro and utility-scale batteries for electricity storage and reserve generation in New ZealandRenewable Energy, 57, 249-261 (2013)
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Affordable housing in New Zealand cities: An economic and policy analysisIn S Bierre, P Howden-Chapman, L Early (Eds.), Homes People Can Afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2013
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Health co-benefits from housing-related policiesCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4:4, 414-419 (2012)
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Tackling cold housing and fuel poverty in New Zealand: A review of policies, research, and health impactsEnergy Policy, 49, 134-142. (2012)
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Synthesis: Community vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change in New Zealand(NZCCRI Report 2011-1). Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute. (2011)
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Improving air quality: Co-benefits for the urban systemAir Quality and Climate Change, 45:4, 19-23 (2011)
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Christchurch’s regeneration: research and science-based insights.Wellington: New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
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