Isabella Middleton

Isabella Middleton is doing a Master's at Victoria University of Wellington.

Background of research

Transport is a major driver of carbon emissions in New Zealand. As a result, promoting less carbon intensive modes of travel such as walking, cycling and public transport are a critical site of action in tackling climate change. Within urban areas, creating places designed for people rather than cars can enable this shift in transport mode choice. However, approaches to place-making in New Zealand tend to lack attention towards the lived experiences of public housing tenants and their relationships to place.

Aims of research

To understand the relationship between public housing tenants’ connection to place and transport mode choice.


To understand the lived experiences of tenants an ethnographic approach will be undertaken within this project. Within this, in-depth interviews will be conducted with tenants to understand how they relate to place.

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