This project undertook integrated land use – transport – environment modelling for the Wellington region (WILUTE). This was used to evaluate individual transport and land use policies and scenarios, with a particular focus on environmental, energy and public health effects, and to study the relationship between land use and transport. This could also be used for other cities within and outside New Zealand.

The researchers asked how current and future land use and transport policies could affect economic activities, local air quality and public health and promote green transportation or home energy savings?

By applying a systematic approach, the modelling took into account the complex interactions and synergies that occur between urban economic, social and spatial processes, household housing location choice, firm location choice, transportation and land use and environmental factors.