Drivers of urban change in New Zealand

This project aims to identify and analyse important drivers of urban change in New Zealand. We draw on central and local government documents, statistical data, and interviews with key decision-makers in 5 urban areas (Auckland, Wellington Region, Christchurch, Hamilton and Dunedin), as well as a web-based public survey, and the latest urban research.

Key report: Drivers of Urban Change, edited by Lisa Early, Philippa Howden-Chapman and Marie Russell



Guy Salmon, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Marie Russell, Lisa Early, Jenny Ombler, Anna Hamer-Adams, Ed Randal, Nick Preval


Ombler J, M Russell, G Rivera-Muñoz (2016) Local councils and public consultation: Extending the reach of democracy, (pdf) Policy Quarterly, 12, 4, November

Shaw C, M Russell, K van Sparrentak, A Merrett, H Clegg (2016) Benchmarking cycling and walking in six New Zealand cities: Pilot study 2015, L Early ed. New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Wellington

Early L, P Howden-Chapman, M Russell eds. (2015) Drivers of urban change, Steele Roberts, Wellington

Howden-Chapman P (2015) Home truths: Confronting New Zealand’s housing crisis, BWB Text, Wellington

Howden-Chapman P, K O’Sullivan, S Bierre, E Chisholm, A Hamer-Adams, J Ombler, K Amore (2015) What effect will the 2015 budget have on housing? (pdf) Policy Quarterly, 11:3, 13-19

Bennett J, E Chisholm,R Hansen, P Philippa Howden-Chapman (2014) Results from a rental housing warrant of fitness pre-test,  University of Otago, Wellington, May

Howden-Chapman P, A Pearson, R Goodyear, E Chisholm, K Amore, G Rivera-Muñoz, E Woodbury (2014) The inverse care law, In E Johnston, ed. Once in a lifetime: City building after disaster in Christchurch, The Freerange Press, pp.190-198

Pearson A, L Telfar Barnard, J Pearce, S Kingham, P Howden-Chapman (2014) Housing quality and resilience in New Zealand, Building Research and Information, 42(2): 182-190

Russell M, P Mokhtarian (2014) How real is a reported desire to travel for its own sake? Exploring the ‘teleportation’ concept in travel behaviour research, Transportation, 2014:1-13

Shaw C, S Hales, P Howden-Chapman, R Edwards (2014) Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies in the transport sector: Systematic review, Nature Climate Change, May, 4(6): 427-433

Bierre S, P Howden-Chapman, L Early eds. (2013) Homes people can afford, Steele Roberts, Wellington

Early L, R Chapman, Resilient Urban Futures research team, Defining resilience (pdf), background paper, June 2013