Dr Rebecca Kiddle

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Senior Lecturer School of Architecture

Research interests

Urban design, urbanism, Māori place identity, participatory design processes, politics of place, spatial justice


Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi


Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, UK.

PhD in Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University, Joint Centre for Urban Design, UK.

Masters in Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University, Joint Centre for Urban Design, UK.

Honours in Māori and Women’s Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

BA in Politics, Victoria University of Wellington

Research interests

My current research interests include:

  • Decolonising Aotearoa New Zealand Cities + Indigenous place identities
  • Māori housing and urban design
  • Spatial Justice
  • Rangatahi (youth) involvement in built environment decision-making
  • Urban and suburban spaces for community building and third places
  • The politics of the production of place

Research projects

    Where do we dance? - Shaping public spaces in Aotearoa New Zealand (www.wheredowedance.com)

    Imagining Decolonised Cities - (www.idcities.co.nz)

    Making Aotearoa Places: The Politics and Practice of Urban Māori Placemaking

Professional/administrative roles

Co-chair Ngā Aho Māori Designers Network – Pōneke

Member – Papa Pounamu, NZ Institute of Planners

Journal and Book Reviewer for Urban Design International, Journal of Urban Design, Kotuhituhi, New Zealand Geographer, AlterNative, MAI Journal, ACME, Area, Bridget Williams Books and Palgrave Macmillan manuscripts

Panel Member (Ngā Aho Representative) – Auckland Urban Design Panel

International Editorial Board Member of ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies

Editorial Board Member of Counterfutures Journal

Professional distinctions, fellowships, prizes, and awards

Wellbeing Champion Award - Student Wellbeing Committee, Victoria University of Wellington

Higher Education Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK

SIP Excellent Educators Award - Received from the local SIP government in Suzhou, China in September 2013 for contributions to learning and teaching at Xi’an Jiaotong, Liverpool University.

Publications, podcasts, and other works

Journal articles

  • Mawer, C. & Kiddle, R. (2019) Suburban shopping malls as spaces for community health and human flourishing: An Aotearoa New Zealand case study in Journal of Urban Design, Taylor & Francis.
  • Thomas, A.; Stupples, P.; Kiddle, R.; Hall, M.; Palomina-Schalscha, M. (2019) Tensions in the tent: Civic engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand universities in Power and Education, Sage.
  • Kiddle, R., Mawer, C., Ryan, A., Siemonek, L. McAuliffe Bickerton, C.(2019) E hoa ma, ina te ora o te tangata (My friends, this is the essence of life): Meal-making as a pedagogical tool for learning about food politics in Policy Futures in Education, Sage.
  • Kiddle, R. and Menzies, D. (2016) Indigenous Places: Contestation of Colonial landscapes in Divergence: Defining Difference through Design, X-Section, Issue 6, pp110-114.
  • Bentley, I., & Kiddle, R. (2014) The performance of place in ICE - Urban Design and Planning, Volume 168, Issue 1 December 2014, pp42 –48.


  • O’Brien, K., Stewart, P., & Kiddle, R. (forthcoming) Our Voices II: The Decolonial Project, ORO Editions, San Francisco.
  • Elkington, B., Jackson, M., Kiddle, R., Mercier, O., Ross, M. Smeaton, J.& Thomas, A. (forthcoming) Imagining Decolonisation, Bridget Williams Publishers.
  • Kiddle, R., Stewart, P. O’Brien, K. (May 2018),Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture, ORO Editions, San Francisco.

Peer reviewed book chapters

  • Kiddle, R. (forthcoming) How to not be a dick designer: decolonising built environment professionals, in O’Brien, K., Stewart, P., & Kiddle, R. Our Voices II: The Decolonial Project, ORO Editions, San Francisco.
  • Kiddle, R. (forthcoming) Indigenous Ecological Design, in M. Pedersen Zari, M. Southcombe & P Connolly, Ecologies Design: Transforming Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism, Routhledge, Earthscan.
  • Gibson, L., Mercier, O. & Kiddle, R. (forthcoming)Engaging with ‘that Treaty question’ on a university ethics committee in Aotearoa New Zealand in L. George, Indigenous research ethics: Claiming research sovereignty beyond deficit and the colonial legacy, Emerald Publishing, UK.
  • Kiddle, R. (May 2018)Māori Placemaking in Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture, Kiddle, R., Stewart, P. O’Brien, K. Eds., ORO Editions, San Francisco.
  • Kiddle, R. (2016) Chapter 2, Section 2.1, Ensuring Sustainable Urban Planning and Design, in Reeves, D., Knight Lenihan, S., Mannakkara, S. (Eds.) A state of New Zealand report for UN Habitat III. Auckland, New Zealand: Urban Research Network, University of Auckland.
  • Kiddle R. and Kim, J. & Chen, B. (2016) Designing the Future: a case study of the XJTLU-UPD and ILAUD international workshop, in Conceiving the rural fringe in urbanising China: Actors, dimensions and management challenges, G. Verdini et. al., (eds.)  Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Kiddle, R. and Kiddle, A. (2014). Place-making and post-quake identity - Creating a unique Otautahi identity. In E. Johnson et al. (Eds.), Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch. Freerange Press, New Zealand.
  • Kiddle, R. (2012) Uncovering the Sensory Experience in Hendry, J. and Fitznor, L. (eds) Seeking Bridges Between Anthropology and Indigenous/Native Studies. New York: Berghan.


Māori Housing 4-Part Podcast Series

  1. Housing Kaumatua (launched 21 June 2019)
  2. Housing Rangatahi (launched 21 June 2019)
  3. Peach Towels and Papakāinga
  4. Going Up : Vertical Papakāinga in the 21st Century

Commentaries and media contributions

Book reviews

  • Kiddle, R. (2018) Book Review: Being together in place: Indigenous coexistence in a more than human world. in New Zealand Geographer, Wiley.
  • Kiddle, R. (2015)Book review: Chinese Urban Design: The Typomorphological Approach, in Town Planning Review Journal


  • Kiddle, R. (2018) Dubious Acquisitions, in the House that we Built, Exhibition by Matt Ritani, invited by artist for a written response to the exhibition topic - wealth inequality
  • Kiddle R, Elkington B, Smeaton J, Mercier O, Ross M, Arthur J, Gjerde M, Kawiti DR, Thomas A. (October 2017) Imagining Decolonised Cities compilation of entries video, Indigenizing Montreal – World Design Summit, Montreal, Canada.