Professor Dory Elizabeth Reeves

MA, PhD, BA (Hons)


Professor Dory Reeves is a chartered fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and an Associate of the New Zealand Planning Institute. She is the co-focal point for the UNI-Habitat Partnership and led the State of New Zealand Report for Habitat III. She is also leading an Ako Aotearoa 2 year project 'Whaihanga 'to better prepare planners, architects, engineers and landscape when engaging with Maori.

She 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.

Research | Current

  • Equality and diversity
  • Planning for gender equality
  • Te Whaihanga - better preparing professionals to engage with Maori
  • Intersectionality and planning
  • Public spaces/bonus floor spaces
  • Social sustainability
  • Management skills for effective planners
  • Academic literacy

Teaching | Current

Introduction to planning

Social theories and planning

Academic literacy


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' submitted May 2017 awaiting examination (Co-supervisor Dr. Anita Lacey).

Heri Heriaydi  'Multiple social identities of single parent street vendors: How can urban planning use intersectionality theory?' (Co-supervisor Dr. Asif Khan)

Salma Amirshekari Razno Working title: 'Creating neighbourhoods for the super diverse city.'

Neda Akbarzadeh  Working title: Female single parents and their housing environment needs. (co-supervisor Emilio Garcia)

Lena Henry  Urban Planning and the Pursuit of Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century, Co-supervisor, Dr. Deidre Brown.

Pakriti Subedi Working title: 'Post disaster resilience - the role of the built urban form - a case study of Kathmandu, Nepal'.

Amir Kayal 'Crime Prevention through environmental design: The case of Auckland' (Co-supervisor Dr. Asif Khan).


Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute 


School Director of Research Engagement
Professor of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning
Visiting Research Prof. Queens University Belfast, NI.

Areas of expertise

Planning and social sustainability

Gender and Urban Planning

Management skills for planners

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Research and Academic Partner Constituency Group (RAPCG)

UNI Habitat Global Steering Group

University UNI Habitat Steering Group

School Research Committee

Creative Arts and Industries Faculty Research Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Reeves, D., & Knight-Lenihan, S. (2016). The role of Universities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - preparing a NZ Report for Habitat III. Paper presented at UNANZ 2016 National Conference: Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 May - 29 May 2016. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephen Knight-Lenihan
  • Reeves, D. E. (2016). Management skills for effective planners: A practical guide. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 288. Related URL.
  • Reeves, D. E. (2015). Habitat III. Related URL.
  • Reeves, D. E. (2015). What makes early career planners effective in the work place?. Paper presented at NZPI Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 15 April - 17 April 2015. Proceedings from the Rodney Davies Research Symposium, NZPI Conference. Related URL.
  • Reeves, D. E. (2014). Putting women and gender in the frame -- A consideration of gender in the Global Report on Human Settlement Planning Sustainable Cities 2009. Habitat International, 43, 293-298. 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.04.003
  • Reeves, D. E. (2013). National experiences – New Zealand and Australian Experience. Paper presented at genderSTE Working Group on Cities: COST Targeted Network TN1201, Dublin, Ireland (via Skype). 15 July - 16 July 2013.
  • Lacey, A., Miller, R., Reeves, D., & Tankel, Y. (2013). From gender mainstreaming to intersectionality: Advances in achieving inclusive and safe cities. In C. Whitzman, C. Legacy, C. Andrew, F. Klodawsky, M. Shaw, K. Viswanath (Eds.) Building Inclusive Cities: Women's Safety and the Right to the City (pp. 143-161). London: Routledge. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anita Lacey
  • Reeves, D., Byrd, H., & Knight-Lenihan, S. (Eds.) (2012). Promoting Sustainable Strategies for a Resilient Asia Pacific. Auckland: Transforming Cities, University of Auckland.

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Level 4, Room 411
New Zealand

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