Ben Schrader

Ben is an urban historian with expertise the history of cities, housing, and the built environment. He has written an award-winning book on the history of New Zealand’s colonial cities as well as a seminal history of state housing in New Zealand. His current research includes a history of built heritage in Aotearoa. An important aim of this project is to explore how cultural heritage can further the pursuit of sustainable and decolonised cities.

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Key publications

  1. Crisis? What Crisis? An Overview of the Fifth National Government’s Housing Policies.
    Stardust and Substance: The New Zealand General Election of 2017
    Stephen Levine (ed), Wellington, 2018, pp. 281-294
  2. Native Hostelries in New Zealand’s Colonial Cities.
    Journal of New Zealand Studies
  3. The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920.
    ISBN : 9780947492434
  4. Social Housing: Where Have We Come From.
    Homes People Can Afford: How To Improve Housing in New Zealand
    Sarah Bierre, Philippa Howden-Chapman and Lisa Early, (eds), Wellington, 2013, pp. 21-32
  5. We Call it Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand.
    ISBN : 9780790009971
  6. The New Zealand Garden City Movement 1900-1925
    Planning Perspectives
    (London), 14:4, 1999, pp. 395-411