March First Thursday

How to achieve affordable and sustainable housing

Public health and housing academic Philippa Howden-Chapman and her husband and climate change expert Ralph Chapman discuss what could work to improve housing affordability, accessibility and well-being in Wellington.  

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Professor Howden-Chapman is sesquicentennial distinguished professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, and co-director of He Kāinga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and director of the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities.

As new investment in public housing ramps up, Professor Howden-Chapman is leading new research into how different public housing approaches affect tenant outcomes.

Professor Howden-Chapman will discuss what she has learned from her work in housing over time.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of high density housing and how Wellington city can make housing more affordable and accessible.

Joining the discussion will be her husband, Ralph Chapman, Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington. Ralph has worked on climate change mitigation – ways to cut carbon emissions – in the context of cities, transport, housing and urban planning. His current projects include the carbon footprint of public housing; and how to transition our cities to zero carbon.

March 03, 2022 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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