Professor Laurence Desmond Murphy

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Laurence Murphy is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Environment and was formerly Professor of Property in the University of Auckland Business School

He has published widely on property topics including; homeownership, social rental housing, mortgage securitisation, office development, the institutional evolution of listed property trusts, finance capital and entrepreneurial urban governance.

In 2014 he was the Helen Cam Visiting Fellow at Girton College, University of Cambridge and held a Visiting Professorship at Trinity College Dublin in 2009.  In 2010 he was appointed Acting-Director of "Transforming Auckland: Institutional, Technological and Cultural Innovations for Sustainable Cities", one of three Thematic Research Initiatives (TRI) established by The University of Auckland.

Dr Murphy completed his PhD in Urban Economic Geography at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and has held lecturing posts at Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast and the London School of Economics.

Research | Current

  • Finance capital and the built environment
  • Globalisation and world cities
  • Housing finance
  • Housing policy and urban change

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Murphy, L. (2020). Neoliberal social housing policies, market logics and social rented housing reforms in New Zealand. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOUSING POLICY, 20 (2), 229-251. 10.1080/19491247.2019.1638134
  • Murphy, L. (2019). Performing calculative practices: residual valuation, the residential development process and affordable housing. HOUSING STUDIES, 35 (9), 1501-1517. 10.1080/02673037.2019.1594713
  • Murphy, L. (2016). The politics of land supply and affordable housing: Auckland's Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas. Urban Studies, 53 (12), 2530-2547. 10.1177/0042098015594574
  • Murphy, L., & Rehm, M. (2016). Homeownership, asset-based welfare and the actuarial subject: Exploring the dynamics of ageing and homeownership in New Zealand. In N. Cook, A. Davison, L. Crabtree (Eds.) Housing and home unbound: Intersections in economics, environment and politics in Australia (pp. 39-55). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Rehm
  • Murphy, L. (2015). Financialization (un)limited. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5 (2), 206-209. 10.1177/2043820615588156
  • Lewis, N., & Murphy, L. (2015). Anchor organisations in Auckland: Rolling constructively with neoliberalism?. Local Economy, 30 (1), 98-118. 10.1177/0269094214563915
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicolas Lewis
  • Sharma, R. A., & Murphy, L. D. (2015). The housing experiences of Fijian migrants in Auckland. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 8 (3), 396-411. 10.1108/IJHMA-11-2014-0046
  • Hamzah, H., & Murphy, L. (2014). The role of institutions in sustaining mandatory low-income housing. Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 20 (2), 129-144. 10.1080/14445921.2014.11104391


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 5, Room 521
New Zealand

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