Dr Kirsty Wild

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


I am an environmental sociologist working on active transport and sustainability transitions. I have an interest in environmental health and health equity and I am currently the Research Fellow on the 'Future of the Bike' project at the University of Auckland. 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

The Future of the Bike

Electric City: E-bikes and the future of cycling in New Zealand

Health, pleasure and cycling: Why are cyclists the happiest commuters?

Bikelash: Engaging with community opposition to cycle lanes

Postgraduate supervision

Rebekah Thorne 'Comparing walking and cycling in disadvantaged neighbourhoods: Community responses to Te Ara Mua Future Streets.' Masters of Public Health

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
  • WILD, K., WILES, J. L., & ALLEN, R. E. S. (2011). Resilience: thoughts on the value of the concept for critical gerontology. Ageing and Society, Online, 1-22. 10.1017/S0144686X11001073
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles
  • SCHEYVENS, R. E. G. I. N. A., WILD, K. I. R. S. T. Y., & OVERTON, J. O. H. N. (2003). International Students Pursuing Postgraduate Study in Geography: impediments to their learning experiences. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 27 (3), 309-323. 10.1080/0309826032000145070

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 721 - Bldg 721
Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand