Wallace Ross Award (recognising excellence in research)

Awarded to:

  • Emily McEwan

Emily’s Master’s thesis investigated the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity and whether it would be effective in improving housing affordability in New Zealand.

After reviewing literature, analysing the documents supporting the development of the NPS, and interviewing Planners from a range of territorial authorities, the study concluded that the NPS was unlikely to be effective in improving housing affordability.

The study is of value to the planning profession for the way it challenges the evidence base for a national planning document and explores the issue of political bias in decision-making.

An overview of the findings was published in the June 2018 issue of Planning Quarterly.

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