Dr Kirsty Wild

BA (Hons) Sociology, Environmental Studies, PhD Development Studies


I am an environmental sociologist working in the field of environmental health. I have a particular interest in health-sustainability co-benefits and sustainability transitions. For the last five years I have been working on healthy/sustainable transport transitions. I have considerable experience working in planning environments - both at Council and with community groups - and am interested in how we can work together to lift quality of life in our cities.

Research | Current

Sustainability and public health

The relationship between transport and mental health in urban Aotearoa

The health and sustainability consequences of the rise of light trucks as urban passenger vehicles

Bike justice - making cycling more inclusive

Bikelash - community opposition to sustainable transport initiatives

Teaching | Current

Contributing lecturer POPLHLTH 725

Postgraduate supervision


Mia Wisniewski, Masters of Public Health, The rise of the SUV and its implications for future active transport promotion.  Co-supervisor.

Finnbar Grieve, Transport Research Network Summer Scholarship.  Bikelash media analysis


2018/2019 Bruce Kidd, Māori and Cycling in New Zealand, Summer Student Scholarship

2018 Rebekah Thorne, Masters of Public Health, “Comparing walking and cycling in disadvantaged neighbourhoods: Community responses to Te Ara Mua: Future Streets.” Co-supervisor

2010 Ranmalie Jayasinha – ‘Empowered ageing: Older people’s ‘place-based’ advocacy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Honours, Health Science, Co-supervisor

2010 Alexandra Boyle - 'Ageing in Place: Exploring the relationship between older people and neighbourhood in small town New Zealand'. Masters of Health Science. Co-supervisor.

Areas of expertise

Sustainability and public health, environmental health, active transport, sustainability transitions and community resilience

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Shaw, C., Russell, M., Keall, M., MacBride-Stewart, S., Wild, K., Reeves, D., ... Woodward, A. (2020). Beyond the bicycle: Seeing the context of the gender gap in cycling. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH, 1810.1016/j.jth.2020.100871
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Woodward
  • Thorne, R., Wild, K., Woodward, A., & Mackie, H. (2020). Cycling projects in low-income communities: Exploring community perceptions of Te Ara Mua - Future Streets. NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHER10.1111/nzg.12276
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Woodward
  • Woodward, A., Wild, K., & Samet, J. M. (2020). Why do we disagree?. International Journal of Epidemiology10.1093/ije/dyaa117
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Woodward
  • Macmillan, A., Smith, M., Witten, K., Woodward, A., Hosking, J., Wild, K., & Field, A. (2020). Suburb-level changes for active transport to meet the SDGs: Causal theory and a New Zealand case study. The Science of the total environment, 71410.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Adrian Field, Melody Smith, Alistair Woodward, Jamie Hosking
  • Wild, K., & Woodward, A. (2019). Why are cyclists the happiest commuters? Health, pleasure and the e-bike. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH, 1410.1016/j.jth.2019.05.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Woodward
  • Field, A., Wild, K., Woodward, A., Macmillan, A., & Mackie, H. (2018). Encountering bikelash: Experiences and lessons from New Zealand communities. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH, 11, 130-140. 10.1016/j.jth.2018.10.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Adrian Field, Alistair Woodward
  • Leslie, H., & Wild, K. (2018). Post-hegemonic regionalism in Oceania: Examining the development potential of the new framework for Pacific regionalism. Pacific Review, 31 (1), 20-37. 10.1080/09512748.2017.1305984
  • Wild, K., Woodward, A., Field, A., & Macmillan, A. (2017). Beyond ‘bikelash’: Engaging with community opposition to cycle lanes. Mobilities, 1-15. 10.1080/17450101.2017.1408950
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alistair Woodward, Adrian Field

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level B, Room B005
New Zealand