Sonya Baird

BA (Geography, Economics), MPlan



Sonya received a Masters Research Award from the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities to undertake a Master of Planning at the University of Otago. Her thesis focused on Tauranga, a city which has experienced rapid population growth in recent years, and looked at the interplay between institutional factors and the management of local economic development. She was particularly interested in understanding the role of institutions and people in encouraging, restricting and managing urban and economic growth, and how this process fits within the sustainable city concept.

In a study break, Sonya also spent two months volunteering at an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Malaysian Borneo.


Managing Local Economic Development - Abstract2010
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Thesis - Managing Local Economic Development a case study of Tauranga2010
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