Dr Rebecca Kiddle
Rebecca's research interests are in the nexus between socio-cultural factors and space.
Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi
What are your research interests?
I’m interested in the nexus between people and physical space, and use urban design as a tool to support the making of cities that work for both people and the environment. I’m interested in Māori identity as it relates to towns and cities, and the role of young people in decision-making processes to do with the built and natural environment.
Tell us about a current research project
I’m currently doing a project, funded by UNESCO called Imagining Decolonised Cities whereby we are trying to develop new matauranga, through a public urban design ideas competition, around how to create cities that work well for Māori whānau, hapū, and iwi. Often cities don’t celebrate the fact that they are indigenous places. This project is a collaboration with Ngāti Toa, and colleagues in Te Kawa a Maui and Architecture and Design.
What do you enjoy most about doing research?
I enjoy the possibility that it might make a positive difference. I enjoy engaging and building relationships with people outside of the University and working across disciplines to try to come up with solutions to problems.
What have you learnt about research that you wish you had known when you were a student?
As a student I imagined that research was this thing that was difficult and boring, but if we realise that it’s really just about finding stuff out whilst building on knowledge developed by others, to solve problems, that’s a far more attractive proposition.