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Research in Environmental Planning

The broad scope of Environmental Planning means there is a huge demand for research in this area as it links the natural environment with the way we use land and resources, both now and in the future. It is a good subject for students interested in learning more about issues as wide ranging as water quality and affordable housing.

Environmental Planning staff have a strong international reputation in issues connected to water management, adaptation of the built environment to climate change, natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, blue-green infrastructure, spatial planning and design. Our established research themes are interdisciplinary, and link with many of the most critical National Science Challenges in New Zealand to provide both policy and practice impact.

Recent research projects include:

  • Three National Science Challenges projects led by Prof Iain White:
    • ‘Resilience to Nature’s Hazards’
    • ‘Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities’
    • ‘The Deep South: Changing with our Climate’
  • Several large-scale research projects involving multiple research institutions, stakeholders and sectors led by Dr Silvia Serrao-Neumann:
    • Project B1.2 ‘Catchment-scale Landscape Planning for Water Sensitive City-regions in an Age of Climate Change’ for the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities
    • ‘South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative’

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