Centre for Urban Transitions

Equitable and affordable housing

The operation of housing markets in Australia has created substantial inequalities, with socioeconomic, spatial and intergenerational aspects. Policy has struggled to understand and react to these challenges. With this theme we are studying ways to improve housing access and affordability so that housing can become a source of opportunity rather than inequity.

This work investigates the drivers and consequences of the restructuring of urban housing markets. Priority issues include strategies to improve housing and creating more equitable cities, regions and communities for current and future generations. Key disciplines include urban sociology, urban economics, sociology, human geography, demography, social policy and urban planning.

Our studies include:

  • Trends, indicators and analytics: of urban housing opportunity and disadvantage
  • Geo-spatial analysis: mapping housing inequalities 
  • Vulnerable populations: identifying groups lacking opportunities
  • Dynamics, risks and transitions: identifying the risks associated with transitions and the best policy and practices to respond to these
  • Policy development, engagement and impact: creating new models of affordable, accessible, appropriate housing.

Current and recent projects include studies of housing behaviours of young, middle-aged and elderly Australians, and a particular focus on rental housing markets.