Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Planning staff members

Ashraful Alam

Ashraful Alam photo

Master of Planning Co-ordinator
Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Management

Research interests

Politics of housing, home and homelessness, migrant identity politics in gateway cities, urban (in)formality, care-full approach to planning, multi-species and more-than-human cities, technology-culture intersection in smart cities


DPhil (Macquarie), MPlan (Hong Kong), BArch (Khulna), Local Planning Consultant in Water Management Projects in Bangladesh (Asian Development Bank), Teaching and Consultancy experience in Australia and Asia.

Office Richardson Building, 4th Floor, Room 4N3
Tel +64 3 479 8769

Michelle Thompson-Fawcett

Michelle Thompson Fawcett Staff Photo

Head of School – Geography

Research interests

Innovations in the management of urban form, including developments in sustainable settlements, urban growth management, and inner city revitalisation; the interface between iwi and planning authority resource management processes and strategies; the links between place making marketing, environmental enhancement and strategies to address regional development imbalances.


DPhil (Oxon); MPlan(Hons); BTP (Auck); MNZPI. Ten years planning experience related to urban, rural, conservation, transportation, and iwi issues at the regional and district levels in New Zealand. Six years teaching and research experience in resource management and geography in Great Britain and Canada.

Office Richardson Building, 4th Floor – 4C8 (make an appointment at Reception)
Tel +64 3 479 8762

Claire Freeman

Claire Freeman Staff Photo

School of Geography

Research interests

Planning and development of the natural environment: biodiversity and conservation planning, open space planning. Planning with children: children and young people’s participation in planning and the environment and environmental education. Sustainable settlements: focusing on community planning and planning for the natural environment.


PhD (Leeds); MA (Witw); PGDip TP, PGDipEnvMan (C England) BA(Hons) (Rhodes) MNZPI. Senior Lecturer at Leeds Met University 1991-1997; Senior Lecturer in Planning at Massey University 1997-1998; has also worked as a Planning coordinator at West Midlands Urban Wildlife Trust, United Kingdom and at the Department of Geography at the University of North West – South Africa.

Office Richardson Building, 4th Floor – 4C21
Tel +64 3 479 8771

Ceri Warnock


Faculty of Law

LLB(Hons) (Cardiff); LLM (Auck); MSt (Oxon)

Ceri’s primary research concerns environmental constitutionalism and explores in particular the impact of modern governmental ordering on theories for environmental adjudication. She was the recipient of the 2014 ‘New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship – Te Manatū a Ture o Aotearoa Te Karahipi Rangahau Ā Taiao’ for her work into legitimacy and specialist environment courts and tribunals.

Office Richardson Building, 7th Floor – 7N6
Tel +64 3 479 8799

Nicola Wheen


Faculty of Law (LAWS521, LAWS540)

BA, LLM (Otago)

Nicola teaches and convenes Public Law, Environmental Law and International Environmental Law. Nicola’s research interests lie in the environmental and conservation law about marine mammals, wildlife protection, protected areas, precaution, fisheries, genetically modified organisms, rivers and lakes, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Office Richardson Building, 7th Floor – 7C22
Tel +64 3 479 8866

Photo: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Baltimore 2012, courtesy of the University of Maryland.