Ed Randal

Research Fellow

NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, University of Otago, Wellington


Ed has worked on a number of research strands in the Resilient Urban Futures programme, including the Wellington Integrated Land-use, Transport and Environment model (WILUTE). WILUTE characterises the interactions between internal urban processes of New Zealand’s capital city and the natural environment by considering the city as a complex system. This allows exploration of the dynamic relationship between human activities, such as land-use distribution, traffic flows and energy consumption; their environmental effects, through carbon emissions and influences on local ecological systems; and the effects of the natural environment on these human activities (e.g. the effects of sea level rise). The objective of this model is to establish a platform to evaluate individual transport and land use policies and scenarios, with a particular focus on transport-related environmental and public health effects.

In addition, Ed has investigated the relationship between housing affordability, transport, and density, as part of the Compact vs Dispersed Development strand of the Resilient Urban Futures programme. He has also contributed to the Drivers of Urban Change and the ACTIVE: Cycling and Walking strands.

Ed did a Master in Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington on the effective promotion of cycling for transport. This assesses the potential for recreational cycling to be used as a ‘gateway’ into commuter cycling through getting people comfortable on a bike and allowing them to enjoy their ride.


Air pollution in windy Wellington and implications for urban planningproceedings of the 12th Urban Environment Symposium, Springer (in press)
The influence of urban land-use and public transport facilities on active commuting in Wellington, New Zealand: Active transport forecasting using the WILUTE model Sustainability 8, 242, 2016
Streamlining urban housing development: Are there environmental sustainability impacts?Cities 55: 101–112 (2016)
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Survey of sentiments about citiesIn L Early, P Howden-Chapman, M Russell eds. Drivers of Urban Change, Steele Roberts, Wellington, 2015
Understanding resilient urban futures: A systemic modelling approachSustainability, 5: 3202-3223 (2013) doi:10.3390/su5073202
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What makes a commuter cyclist? A mixed methods study of behavioural antecedents and perceptions of commuter cycling in the Wellington RegionMaster of Environmental Studies thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2013
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