Tell us a little about your background
I conducted my PhD in Urban Design at the University of Auckland, focusing on the relationship of green infrastructure and urban liveability, assessing accessibility and equity of green infrastructure to enhance the future quality of life experiences of residents. My post-doc research in the UK carried on with this interest, developed Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) valuation framework to compare the costs, benefits and trade-offs inherent in the ecosystem services provided by different natural environment interventions aimed at promoting health and wellbeing. My current research focuses on green infrastructure planning and management, the role of perceptions in sustainable development, and various factors that influence decision making for improving the quality of life.
How can your students benefit from your research?
Students will learn to explore urban development from a multidisciplinary point of view. My working and teaching experience enables me to bring together the knowledge of planning theories and practical policy-making/delivery experiences through a practical understanding of how policy is formed, how decision-making occurs, and how evaluation and implementation are delivered.
Do you have any advice for new students?
All urban designers or planners need to have a clear understanding of how various actions and interventions in the built environment combine to create high quality, efficient, sustainable and viable environments. By learning the urban design and planning process and addressing interdisciplinary concerns, students will have a more valuable experience and better understanding that the change of natural and built environment is a vital part of urban development, renewal, management, planning and conservation processes.