Four key factors are behind New Zealand towns and cities with the fastest growing populations, according to a study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, led by Arthur Grimes as part of the Resilient Urban Futures research programme. These are land-use capability, human capital, sunshine hours and proximity to Auckland.
World health, environmental, behavioural and social science experts have launched a major new interdisciplinary scientific collaboration. It aims to empower planners and policy-makers to achieve better health for billions of people living in fast-growing urban areas.
We have a great new programme for the February 2015 Public Health Summer School, with seminars on sustainable urban transport, climate change, and affordable housing. Start the new year with a day of inspiration and learning. Register by 19 December and get an earlybird discount.
Congratulations to our fellow research group, the He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, who have won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.
Prompted by a Radio NZ programme (Tommy Honey, ‘Urbanist’, 22 September 2014), Ralph Chapman samples the range of interesting literature and journalism that has emerged in recent years about remaking cities to be more sustainable: