Meet Eilya Torshizian

Eilya Torshizian completed a PhD in Economics and his field of research is the economics of urban development.


“I completed my undergraduate studies and a Master of Economics in Iran, which led to some great job opportunities. But early on in my career realised the importance of being a decision maker rather than an executor, and decided to do a PhD to fill the gaps in my knowledge.

“I was looking for a well-ranked university and, as an urban economist, I wanted to move to one of the world’s most liveable cities.

“Weekly seminars allowed me to hear from experts, which helped me with ideas and solutions for my research. I’m amazed at how well planned my PhD programme is and how supportive all the academics are in helping me achieve my dreams.

“I’ve had the opportunity to present my work in Auckland, Wellington, London and Hawaii, and meet influential people in my field of research. I’m now working as an Economist in the Chief Economist Unit at Auckland Council.”

Learn more about the PhD programme.