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Research and Insights

Local research to support good planning and policy making.


At MRCagney, we pride ourselves on being leaders in sustainable transport planning for cities. The information and insights gained from research support good planning and policy making. Local research builds an evidence base to improve our understanding of how the transport system is currently working for people in Aotearoa. Research on international practices helps us bring the best and latest ideas to our work from overseas experience.

We have a long history of undertaking research, ranging from collaborations with academics to white papers and research reports for the transport sector. We regularly publish research papers,  and journal articles and present at conferences.

Our research and insights work covers the breadth of expertise at MRCagney. Recent research includes projects on equity in transport, urban economics, and how the transport sector can effectively meet the climate challenge. Transport and urban planning decisions affect every area of people’s lives, so we recognise the importance of collaborating with people who have different areas of expertise for our research. We aim for our findings to be directly relevant to policy decisions, informing current big questions for cities on transport and urban planning strategies. 

Key areas

  • Urban economics
  • Equity and accessibility
  • Transport transitions
  • Public transport
  • Spatial data analysis


Waka Kotahi Research Report 703 Investigation of the external noise emitted from electric buses in New Zealand and the need for acoustic vehicle alerting systems to improve road user safety

Waka Kotahi Research Report 702 Integrated land use and transport planning

Waka Kotahi Research Report 690 Transport experiences of disabled people in Aotearoa New Zealand

Ministry of Transport Equity in Auckland’s transport system

Waka Kotahi Research Report 661 Travel demand management: strategies and outcomes

Waka Kotahi Research Note 004 Evaluating the greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits from land transport mode shift programmes and projects