Edward Dolan

Doctor of Philosophy, (Public Health)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Health


Thesis Title
Community formation and protectionism in Auckland's intensification process: Exploring the opportunities and complexities of high(er)-density planning in a low-density city

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To cater for future growth, Auckland's housing market is undergoing considerable change. The direction promoted by Auckland Council is for greater residential intensification. As it represents a departure from lower-density housing, many Aucklanders regard intensification with suspicion. At the same time, others perceive intensification as an opportunity for stronger and more vibrant communities to develop. Mr Dolan investigated community formation and community protectionism in Auckland's intensification process. Findings highlighted diverse interpretations of community and a range of community outcomes. Of particular interest, a commodification of community was identified amongst individuals who sought community for its utility value. Institutional distrust and distrust between stakeholders was also evident. In addition, it was found that such distrust if not managed could compromise the city's housing objectives. Mr Dolan's research has provided valuable insight into the importance of community to higher-density housing, and planning challenges associated with this form of development.

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