The financing, production, distribution, design and experience of housing and home are foundational to just, healthy, productive cities and regions. Knowledge for housing transitions to affordable, just and livable urban environments requires a cross-disciplinary/interdisciplinary dialogue with urban policy, planning and politics.
Where and how do urban citizens live? How does this relate to their social and economic welfare? Urban landscapes in cities and regions are shaped by housing opportunities, options, governance and dwelling infrastructure. Understanding the conditions, the patterns, the pathways and adaptations to affordable, appropriate and accessible housing can contribute to inclusive, just and liveable urban futures.
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. In this research theme, we’re studying ways to improve housing access and affordability so that housing can become a source of opportunity rather than inequity.
Our work investigates the drivers, consequences and experiences of restructuring urban housing market and aspirations for better housing futures. Priority issues include strategies to improve housing and create more equitable cities, regions and communities for current and future generations. The key disciplines involved in this research include urban sociology, urban economics, sociology, human geography, demography, social policy and urban planning.
Our studies cover:
Trends, indicators and analytics — measuring urban housing opportunity, disadvantage and transformation
Geo-spatial analysis — mapping housing inequalities and transition points
Housing for ‘just cities’ — 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 innovation, development, engagement and impact — creating new models of affordable, accessible, appropriate housing
Housing just city transitions — including ways that citizens can be engaged in improving housing futures and achieving system-wide aspirations.
Our current and recent projects include studies of housing behaviours of young, middle-aged and elderly Australians, with a particular focus on changing rental, ownership and collaborative housing and homes.