Professor Dory Elizabeth Reeves

MA, PhD, BA (Hons)


Professor Dory Reeves is a chartered fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and an Associate of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). She is also registered with the Higher Education Authority of the UK. She is the co-focal point for the UNI-Habitat Partnership and led the State of New Zealand Report for Habitat III.  Dory has worked in planning and associated areas since 1981, initially in the public sector at metropolitan level in the UK; moving to higher education in 1994 (visiting Professor at Queens University Belfast 2000-2003) and from 2003-2008 worked for Reeves Associates. Before arriving in New Zealand to take up her post in early 2008, she was involved in major evaluations of the Section 75 equality legislation in Northern Ireland. Her professional practice experience, teaching and research involve equality and diversity, management skills for effective practitioners and academic literacy. Her most recent book published in 2016, and entitled Management Skills for Effective Planners was published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is on the editorial board of Planning Practice and Research.

Research | Current

I lead a major AKO Aotoaroa National Project Te Whaihanga - to better prepare built environment professionals to work with Māori. The project partners include: VUW, AUT and UNITEC. The industry collaborators include: NZPI, NZIA, NZILA, IPENZ, Auckland Council, Landcare and Te Hana Te Ao Marama. The project started in 2016 and will be complete in December 2018. The link to the project is: 

In 2018 this project will link with a smaller CLEaR funded project run with Lena Henry which will examine how key  Māori values relate to similar Pacific values as understood by students of the built environment.

Along with Dr Manfredo Manfredini I am co PI on a major research project with the BRANZ Better Homes and Cities Research Project entitled “Give us space – Improving community well-being by enhancing performance and communication of semi-public space in the evolving public realm”. This 12 month project is designed to support better access to and usage of key semi-public spaces. This access, we hypothesise, has the potential to provide opportunities for social interaction and associated social networks and promote hauora for the local community.


  • Equality and diversity
  • Planning for gender equality
  • Intersectionality and planning
  • Social sustainability
  • Management skills for effective planners
  • Academic literacy

Teaching | Current

Introduction to planning

Social theories and planning

Academic literacy

Management Skills for Planners



Postgraduate supervision


Alfian Afandy Syam 'Cultural Values: A New Approach to Explain People’s Travel Behaviour and Attitudes toward Transport Mode' (successfully completed 2014). Co-supervisor Dr. Asif Khan.

Ja Yeun (Alexandra) Lee Framing Disaster Research as "Wicked Design problems, (successfully completed 2014) Second supervisor. Main superviser Dr. Michael Linzey.

Eziaku Nwanyieze Onyeizu Can architecture increase productivity? The case of Green Certified Buildings, (successfully completed 2014) Supervisors: Dory Reeves, Hugh Byrd Second supervisor, Prof Steve Mathewman.

Roja Tafaroji 'The experience of co-existing in the shared spaces of multicultural cities: Investigation of identification process of Afghan immigrant women in the city of Auckland and the relevance to planning'  (Supervisors: Pro Dory Reeves and Dr. Anita Lacey from 2012 -2017).

Salma Razno 'Public space and neighbouring' Supervisors Dory Reeves and Emilio Garcia  (2015-Dec 2017)

Neda Akbarzadeh  Working title: Female single parents and their housing environment needs. (Supervisors: Prof Dory Reeves and Dr. Emilio Garcia)

Amir Kayal 'Crime Prevention through environmental design: The case of Auckland' (Supervisors: Prof Dory Reeves and  Dr. Asif Khan).

Lena Henry  Urban Planning and the Pursuit of Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century, (Supervisors:  Prof Dory Reeves and Dr. Deidre Brown.


Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute 

University of Auckland Equity Award with Lena Henry and Te Hana Te Ao Marama


Professor of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning
Faculty Ethics Adviser

Areas of expertise

Planning and social sustainability

Gender and Urban Planning

Management skills for planners

Committees/Professional groups/Services

University Senate

UN Habitat UNI Global Steering Group

UoA UNI Habitat Steering Group

Women in Urbanism

Occasional Volunteer for Auckland Resettled Community Coalition

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Alternative contact

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Primary office location

Level 4, Room 411
New Zealand

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