The Productivity Commission has published a research note as a background paper for the Better Urban Planning inquiry: What can complexity theory tell us about urban planning?


What can a five-year old Productivity Commission add to a thousand-year old institution? Murray Sherwin, UC Connect lecture.


A version of this article was originally published in the National Business Review.


The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper calling for input on the future of tertiary education.


One of the hottest topics over the past year has been the future of Auckland. How can New Zealand’s biggest city accommodate a rapidly growing population? Are we making enough room for businesses and factories? How do we make it easier to get across the city? How can Auckland achieve its goal of being a ‘liveable city’ that is also affordable for both current and new residents?


The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper (PDF) calling for input on the future of urban planning.



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The Commission is pleased to announce that Judy Kavanagh has been appointed as a new Inquiry Director, leading the inquiry into new models of tertiary education, from 30 November.