Dr Marjorie van Roon

Member of the Future Cities Research Hub | Senior Lecturer


Marjorie has a background in biological and aquatic sciences, regional planning and major harbour studies. Her PhD in planning, which she completed in 2010, developed and tested a principles and implementation actions framework for Low Impact Urban Design and Development

Marjorie’s research focuses on designing/managing urban catchments to minimise changes to hydrological, sedimentary and ecological regimes and functionality. Ongoing research examines the receiving water and ecological efficacy of Low Impact Urban Design and Development/Water Sensitive Design. Paired catchment investigations, that started in 2004 and are ongoing in 2020, compare the ecological state of traditional versus water sensitive residential developments in Flat Bush and latterly in Oteha Valley headwater subcatchments.

Research interests:


  • Water Sensitive Design

  • Low Impact Urban Design and Development

  • Integrated Catchment Management

  • Aquatic ecosystem health in urban catchments

  • Climate change adaptation through ecosystems

  • Kaitiakitanga and urban waterways

  • Greening cities

Research Projects:

LIUDD/ WSD Paired catchment comparisons urban: Flat Bush and Oteha Valley, Albany
LIUDD/ WSD Paired catchment comparisons countryside living: Manukau at Regis, Redoubt, Tiffany Close
Transdisciplinarity: Finding Common Ground between Urban Design, Urbanism and Water Sensitive Design
Water Sensitive Design (WSD) for industrial developments in Auckland
Cultural Ecosystem Services valuation and kaitiakitanga for Auckland stream corridors