Associate Professor Ralph Chapman

Director Graduate Programme, Environmental Studies

Victoria University of Wellington

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

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KEY PUBLICATIONS

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, www.rtcc.org/2015/07/10/new-zealand-can-do-more-to-cut-emissions-heres-how/
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
Dealing with changing risks: A New Zealand perspective on climate change adaptation Regional Environmental Change, 2014
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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)
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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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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‘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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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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Sizing up the City: Urban form and transport in New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts. (2010)
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‘Retrofitting houses with insulation: a cost-benefit analysis of a randomized community trial’Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63, pp.271-277. (2009)
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