Auckland as a Liveable City? Assessing the roles of housing, community and city-shaping policies


An informal networking seminar presented by Professor Charles Crothers from Auckland University of Technology

Start Date

18th Apr 2018 12:00pm

End Date

18th Apr 2018 1:00pm


Level 4 Function Space, Centenary Building

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required. Enquiries to

Len Brown

presented by

Professor Charles Crothers

Auckland University of Technology

Former mayor Len Brown aspired that Auckland be a liveable city, while his successor Phil Goff suggested this was too aspirational given ample exposure of Auckland’s evident non-liveability. But how might we assess liveability, how it has changed and its ‘determinants’?

In this presentation Professor Charles Crothers will examine how both ‘community satisfaction’ & housing satisfaction have changed over time in Auckland, drawing on several surveys and some census data.

Please join Professor Crothers for an informal networking seminar in the Centenary function space overlooking the Sandy Bay campus oval (take the Centenary building lift to level 4 and turn right).

Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change. All welcome.

VENUE DETAILS - Level 4 Function Space, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay campus (take the Centenary lift to level four and turn right. The function space overlooks the oval)

About Charles Crothers:

Charles Crothers is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at AUT, after previously serving as a Professor of Sociology at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Prior to this position Charles lectured in the Departments of Sociology at the University of Auckland, and Victoria University. He is a former president of the New Zealand Sociological Association and in 2008 was awarded the SAANZ 'Scholarship Prize' Prize.

Professor Crothers' and teaching interests span 5 broad areas:

  1. Sociological/Social Theory: examining the analytical theories in the work of Robert K Merton, and to develop a robust conceptualisation of social structure.
  2. Social Research Methodology/methods
  3. Sociology of  Science and Social Science:  studying the Columbia Tradition of Sociology (presided over by Robert K Merton and Paul Lazarsfeld), national sociologies (especially New Zealand and South Africa), and most broadly (in association with Prof. Jennifer Platt at Sussex University) comparative patterns in world sociology and organisation of social research.
  4. Studies of New Zealand and Auckland: Iunderstanding the linkages holding social structures together over time, which has involved studying topics such as Voluntary organisations (NGOs), social class/ inequality/ poverty/social exclusion, neo-liberalism and its effects,  economic power structures, occupations, organisations, communities,  households, networks, life events, ideologies,  voting, quality of life and the ideologies and knowledges held within societies about  themselves.
  5. Social Criticism, Social Policy and Social Justice, and in particular the potential of Third way approaches.