Principal Investigators

Kay Saville-Smith, Centre for Research, Evaluation & Social Assessment (CRESA)

Iain White, University of Waikato

Larry Murphy, University of Auckland


Dr Bev James, Public Policy & Research Ltd
Prof Karen Witten, Massey University
Dr Fiona Cram, Katoa Ltd
Dr Fleur Palmer, Auckland University of Technology
Dr Alice Chang-Richards, University of Auckland
Prof Philippa Howden-Chapman, University of Otago
Simon Opit, Massey University
Jennifer Joynt, Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU)
Craig Fredrickson, Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU)
Gauri Nandedkar, University of Waikato
Francesca Dodd-Parr, University of Waikato
Patrick Barrett, University of Waikato
Zhang Wei, University of Otago
Ruth Fraser, CRESA Ltd
Nina Saville-Smith, CRESA Ltd

Dr Kay Saville-Smith

Dr Kay Saville-Smith is a sociologist and director of the Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA). Kay has undertaken extensive research into housing markets, housing demand, retirement villages, accessible housing, sustainable housing, the residential building industry and neighbourhood built environments. In addition to this current programme she has led a number of public good science-funded programmes or components, including: Finding the Best Fit, Housing, Downsizing and Older People in a changing Society, a three year research programme assessing the practicalities of downsizing and the conditions which determine successful transitions; Resilient Communities, Doing Better in Bad Times – a two-year programme aimed at helping older people and their communities to be more resilient during adverse natural events and recover better after them; Good Homes – a five-year programme on older people’s repairs and maintenance needs in the context of ageing in place; the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Stream for BEACON Consortium; and the social science component of the Building Energy End-use Study (BEES) undertaken by BRANZ. She is also a trustee for the Marlborough Sustainable Housing Trust.

Professor Iain White

Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Prior to this he was the Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester, UK. He specialises in subjects related to the environment, geography and town planning where he has developed and taught on Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) accredited programmes. His research focuses upon the interface of the natural and built environments and he has written widely in this field. This work has been published in multiple disciplinary areas such as geography, town planning, urban studies and civil engineering. He has recently published Environmental Planning in Context (2015) with Palgrave and is also the author of Water and the City (2010) published by Routledge. His forthcoming (2018) edited book is The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning and Sustainability, also by Routledge with Davoudi, S., Blanco, H., and Cowell, R.

Professor Laurence Murphy

Laurence Murphy is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Environment and was formerly Professor of Property in the University of Auckland Business School. He has published widely on property topics including home-ownership, social rental housing, mortgage securitisation, office development, the institutional evolution of listed property trusts, finance capital, and entrepreneurial urban governance. In 2014, he was the Helen Cam Visiting Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge, and held a visiting professorship at Trinity College Dublin in 2009. In 2010, he was appointed Acting-Director of “Transforming Auckland: Institutional, Technological and Cultural Innovations for Sustainable Cities”, one of three Thematic Research Initiatives (TRI) established by the University of Auckland.