New Zealand research project gains international attention


Professor Witten and Ms Liu


Massey University’s SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre has played host to a visiting Chinese traffic engineer keen to discover how a ground-breaking New Zealand research study could be applied in her home town.

Mei Liu, who works and lives in Shanghai, spent four weeks at the centre to gain a better understanding of the Kids in the City project’s research findings. The multi-disciplinary research project, which includes researchers from the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology as well as Massey University, investigates the wellbeing of children in Auckland city.

Ms Liu came across the project in academic publications and could see its potential applicability in Shanghai where children's independent mobility is severely limited by car-oriented urban planning and design. 

During her month at the centre, Ms Liu was able to spend time with the project’s lead investigator and SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre associate director Professor Karen Witten, to discuss the project’s findings.

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