Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods

Our Research Team

Principal Investigators

Errol Haarhoff, University of Auckland

Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology

Marc-Aurel Schnabel, Victoria University of Wellington

Karen Witten, Massey University (Auckland)

Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University

Researchers by work programme

WP1    Prof Errol Haarhoff, University of Auckland         

            Prof Marc Aurel-Schnabel, Victoria University of Wellington     

            Patricia Austin, University of Auckland         

            Dr Lee Beattie, University of Auckland         

            Dr Paola Boarin, University of Auckland         

            Dr Rebecca Kiddle, Victoria University of Wellington      Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi

            Dr Wokje Abrahamse, Victoria University of Wellington     

            Dr Mohsen Mohammadzadeh, University of Auckland         

            Aligned researchers                            

            Dr Sarosh Mulla, University of Auckland         

            Aaron Paterson, University of Auckland         

            Dr Cristian Silva, University of Auckland         

            Shuva Chowdhury (PhD Candidate), Victoria University of Wellington     


WP2    Dr Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology  Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa

            Lucy Tukua, Mana Whenua Ngati Tahinga, Ngāti Paoa, Ngati Whanaunga

            Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Nga Aho, Ngāti Kahungunu

            Dr Diane Menzies, Unitec Ngāti Kahungunu

            Carin Wilson, Unitec Ngāti Awa

            Jacqueline Paul, Nga Aho/Unitec, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu


WP3    Prof Karen Witten, Massey University (SHORE)

            Emma Fergusson, Massey University (Palmerston North)          

            Prof Robin Kearns, University of Auckland         

            Dr Hamish Mackie, Mackie Research        

            Jade Kake, Nga Aho/Te Matapihi Ngāti Hau/Ngapuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea


WP4    Dr Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University     

            Dr David Conradson, University of Canterbury       

            Dr Andreas Wesener, Lincoln University     

            Prof Hirini Matunga, Lincoln University, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Paerangi (Atiu, Cook Islands)

Professor Errol Haarhoff

Errol is a Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He has qualifications in architecture and urban design, and a PhD in urban planning, and is the Co-Director of the University of Auckland Urban Research Network. Errol's research interests are in urban design, including theory and practice, urban settlement history, architecture in developing economies, traditional architecture and settlement in Africa, the histroy of the modern movement in architecture and urbanism and medium density housing. Current research concerns urban design, which has involved a comparative study of urban growth management and urban design outcomes in Vancouver, Portland, Auckland and the large Australian cities, and has led to a large project concerned with urban intensification in Auckland. He is a lead researcher on Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, and the Principal Researcher on Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods.

Dr Ella Henry

Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa/Te Rārawa/Ngāti Kuri

Ella is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Development, Te Ara Poutama, at the Auckland University of Technology. Her academic background is in Sociology, Management Studies and Māori Development. Her Masters focused on Māori women and leadership and her PhD on Māori entrepreneurship in screen production. Ella has also been actively involved in the development of the Māori screen industry, serving as Chair of Nga Aho Whakaari, the Māori screen guild. She was a Treaty Negotiator for her Iwi, Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, and is also a member of a research group looking at Māori leadership and decision-making, funded by Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga.

Professor Marc-Aurel Schnabel

Marc Aurel Schnabel is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and DesignProfessor in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, and Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, Sheffield University. Trained as an Architect, he is leading research and education in the field of Architectural Technology. As President of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) and Past Presidents of CAADRIA, the international Association for Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, the Industry Advisory Board of Autodesk and founding member of buildingSMART HK, he is affiliated with various professional bodies and scientific committees. He has taught and worked in Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong for over twenty-five years and has become highly recognised for his work in the areas of computational design and learning environments. He is Principal Investigator for Better Homes, Towns and Cities, researching in the fields of augmented- and virtual reality, digital heritage, parametric design learning and inter-professional development.

Professor Karen Witten

Karen is the Professor of Public Health at the SHORE Centre at Massey University in Auckland. She is a geographer and psychologist with an interest in urban neighbourhoods and how their design and infrastructure influences the social relationships, transport choices and well-being of residents. Recent and current studies include: investigating how the physical and social neighbourhood environment influences the physical activity behaviours of children and adults; children? ?!"s experience and use of diverse urban neighbourhoods;  process and impacts of school closure; social, transport mode use and health impacts of a street re-design intervention; residential choice and community formation in various urban development models. Karen completed her PhD at the University of Auckland in 2004.

Dr Suzanne Vallance

Suzanne is a Lecturer in Urban Studies at the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University. She completed her Masters degree on neighbour? ?!"s responses to infill housing and urban intensification, and this sparked an enduring interest in the ways in which cities influence and are influenced by people. She began teaching full-time at Lincoln University in 2008 having completing her PhD on the topic of urban sustainability in New Zealand and has since continued exploring the ways in which people, collectively, make and remake cities, even under conditions of uncertainty. Suzanne has a long-standing research interest in urban everyday life, and collective efforts to shape cities and the broader frameworks through which these efforts are mediated. Through her own work and supervision, she has explored various aspects of urban sustainability and resilience, such as gardens, homekill networks, vacant spaces, house and home, GMOs, seafood gathering, and the commodification of community.