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Dr Laurence Troy

Laurence Troy
Research Fellow

Contact

Phone: 02 9385 4975

Laurence joined City Futures Research Centre as a Research Associate in January 2014 after completing his PhD in Geography at the University of Sydney in 2013.  His PhD research focused on the politics of urban sustainability and how cities can respond to environmental challenges of the 21st century.  This research examined the political economies of urban change and its intersection with broader narratives on environment and sustainability policy in Sydney and Perth.  The case study work focused on major urban redevelopment projects and discussed their contribution to urban sustainability policy and increasing inequalities that dominate in Australian cities.

Laurence’s recent work at City Futures has focused on renewal of strata title higher density housing and urban renewal more generally in the context of a market economy. Part of this work involves extensive modelling of renewal feasibility across the metropolitan area of Sydney and mapping the dynamics of housing tenure, housing markets and population in Sydney.  These projects also involve extensive stakeholder interviews, policy analysis, community surveys and community workshops.  

Laurence is broadly interested in the intersection of housing markets, urban governance, urban renewal and social-economic outcomes in Australian cities.

Publications

Books

Pritchard B; Neave M; Hickey D; Troy L, 2012, Rural land in Australia: A framework for the measurement and analysis of nationwide patterns of ownership change, aggregation and fragmentation, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra

Davies A; Tonts M; Troy L; Pelusey H, 2009, Australia's rural workforce: an analysis of labour shortages in rural Australia, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra

Book Chapters

Crommelin LM; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H, 2018, 'Everybody needs good neighbours, especially in strata: are new Australian laws enabling forced sales of strata properties justified?', in Compulsory Property Acquisition for Urban Densification, https://www.routledge.com/Compulsory-Property-Acquisition-for-Urban-Densification/Searle/p/book/9781138500990

Pettit C; Ticzon C; Reades J; Wentz EA; Ong P; Martin C; Troy L; Crommelin L, 2018, 'How disruptive technology is impacting the housing and property markets: an examination of Airbnb', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: the application of mapping technologies, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 36-64, https://www.routledge.com/Real-Estate-and-GIS-The-Application-of-Mapping-Technologies/Reed-Pettit/p/book/9781138187986

Troy L, 2016, 'Making nature and money in the East Perth redevelopment', in Housing and Home Unbound: Intersections in economics, environment and politics in Australia, pp. 116-133, 10.4324/9781315669342

Journal articles

Leao SZ; Troy L; Lieske SN; Randolph B; Pettit C, 2018, 'A GIS based planning support system for assessing financial feasibility of urban redevelopment', GeoJournal, vol. 83, pp. 1373-1392, 10.1007/s10708-017-9843-2

Crommelin L; Troy L; Martin C; Pettit C, 2018, 'Is Airbnb a sharing economy superstar? Evidence from five global cities', Urban Policy and Research, pp. 1-16, 10.1080/08111146.2018.1460722

Troy L, 2018, 'Planning and citizenship', Housing Studies, 10.1080/02673037.2018.1482635

Troy L, 2018, 'The politics of urban renewal in Sydney’s residential apartment market', Urban Studies, vol. 55, pp. 1329-1345, 10.1177/0042098017695459

Crommelin L; Bunker R; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2017, 'As compact city planning rolls on, a look back: lessons from Sydney and Perth', Australian Planner, vol. 54, pp. 115-125, 10.1080/07293682.2017.1319869

Troy L; Easthope H; Randolph B; Pinnegar S, 2017, '‘It depends what you mean by the term rights’: strata termination and housing rights', Housing Studies, vol. 32, pp. 1-16, 10.1080/02673037.2016.1171827

Bunker R; Crommelin L; Troy L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Randolph B, 2017, 'Managing the transition to a more compact city in Australia', International Planning Studies, vol. 22, pp. 384-399, 10.1080/13563475.2017.1298435

Troy L; Iveson K, 2014, 'Featured graphic. A community-led critique of accessibility of Sydney's public transportation network', Environment and Planning A, vol. 46, pp. 2273-2275, 10.1068/a140008g

Troy L, 2014, '(Re)Producing nature in pyrmont and ultimo', Geographical Research, vol. 52, pp. 387-399, 10.1111/1745-5871.12074

Conference Papers

Crommelin LM; Troy L; Easthope H, 2018, 'Inequitable density: the place of lower-income and disadvantaged residents in the compact city', in Inequitable density: the place of lower-income and disadvantaged residents in the compact city, State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities, Adelaide, 27 - 30 November 2017, http://apo.org.au/node/178501

Troy L; Martin C, 2017, 'Rental Vulnerability: a new methodology for measuring and mapping disadvantage in rental housing', in State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, Adelaide, 28 - 30 November 2017, http://apo.org.au/node/178556

Troy L; Easthope H; Randolph B, 2015, '‘It depends what you mean by the term rights’: What debates around strata termination can tell us about understandings of housing rights in Australia', in ‘It depends what you mean by the term rights’: What debates around strata termination can tell us about understandings of housing rights in Australia, Multi-owned Properties Colloquium, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Multi-owned Properties Colloquium, Melbourne, Australia, 04 - 05 February 2015

Troy L; Randolph B; Pinnegar S; Easthope H, 2015, 'Planning the End of the Compact City?', in Burton P; Shearer H (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Gold Coast, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, Gold Coast, 09 - 11 December 2015, http://soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Troy-L.compressed2.pdf

Randolph B; Troy L; Pinnegar S; Easthope H, 2015, 'Renewing the Compact City: Who can afford it?', in Renewing the Compact City: Who can afford it?, State of Australian Cities, Gold Coast, presented at State of Australian Cities, Gold Coast, 09 - 11 December 2015

Horvath R; Troy LJ, 2014, 'Determinants of walking in Sydney', in Determinants of walking in Sydney, Walk 21 Sydney - International Conference on Walkable and Liveable Communities, Luna Park, Sydney, presented at Walk 21 Sydney - International Conference on Walkable and Liveable Communities, Luna Park, Sydney, 21 - 23 October 2014

Reports

Gurran N; Rowley S; Milligan V; Randolph B; Phibbs P; Gilbert C; James A; Troy L; van den Nouwelant R, 2018, Inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply: Evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, 10.18408/ahuri-7313001

Randolph B; Troy L; Milligan V; van den Nouwelant R, 2018, Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report No. 293, 293, 10.18408/ahuri-7113301

Lawson J; Pawson H; Troy L; van den Nouwelant R; Hamilton C, 2018, Social housing as infrastructure: an investment pathway, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report No. 306, 306, 10.18408/ahuri-5314301

Troy L; van den Nouwelant R; Randolph B, 2018, State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and affordable housing in Central and Southern Sydney, City Futures Research Centre, Sydney

Crommelin L; Troy L; Martin C; Parkinson S, 2018, Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report No. 305, 305, 10.18408/ahuri-7115201

Easthope H; Troy LJ; Crommelin L, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 1 The Building Scale, City Futures Research Centre, Sydney

Crommelin L; Easthope H; Troy LJ, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 2 The Neighbourhood Scale, City Futures Research Centre, Sydney

Troy L; Crommelin L; Easthope H, 2017, Equitable Density: The place for lower-income and disadvantaged households in a dense city: Report 3 Metropolitan Scale, City Futures Research Centre, Sydney

Rowley S; James A; Phibbs P; van den Nouwelant R; Troy L, 2017, Government led innovations in affordable housing delivery, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, 289, 10.18408/ahuri-8113101

Troy L; Martin C, 2017, Queensland Rental Vulnerability Index, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/396/RVI_final_to_TQ_public.pdf

Bunker R; Troy LJ, 2016, The changing political economy of the compact city and higher density urban renewal in Perth, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/294/PIMEPerthPolicyWPFinal2_5-5-16.pdf

Troy L; Randolph B; Crommelin L; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2015, Renewing the Compact City: Economically viable and socially sustainable approaches to urban redevelopment, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia

Troy L; Easthope H; Randolph B; Pinnegar S, 2015, Renewing the Compact City: Interim Report, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia

Other

Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L, 2017, Building Defects in Apartments - what's going on?, Shelter NSW, https://shelternsw.org.au/sites/shelternsw.org.au/files/public/documents/ATH109_jun17_final.pdf

Conference Presentations

van den Nouwelant RM; Troy L, 2017, 'Improving Metrics for Housing Affordability and Housing Stress', in Improving Metrics for Housing Affordability and Housing Stress, Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 15 - 17 February 2017, http://ahrc2017.com.au/

Troy LJ; Crommelin L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S; Bunker R, 2016, 'Delivering the numbers: Urban renewal, the market and the planning process', in Delivering the numbers: Urban renewal, the market and the planning process, PIA NSW State Conference, Newcastle, presented at PIA NSW State Conference, Newcastle, 13 - 14 October 2016

Creative Written Works

Crommelin L; Martin C; Troy L; Parkinson S, 2018, Who wins and who loses when platforms like Airbnb disrupt housing? And how do you regulate it?, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/who-wins-and-who-loses-when-platforms-like-airbnb-disrupt-housing-and-how-do-you-regulate-it-106234

Martin C; Troy L, 2017, Two pictures of rental housing stress and vulnerability zero in on areas of need, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/two-pictures-of-rental-housing-stress-and-vulnerability-zero-in-on-areas-of-need-77714

Troy LJ; Rogers D; Power E; Pawson H; Iveson K; Crabtree L; Darcy M; Phibbs P, 2016, Sydney needs higher affordable housing targets, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/sydney-needs-higher-affordable-housing-targets-69207

Troy L, 2015, Urban Theory: A Critical Introduction to Power, Cities and Urbanism in the 21st Century (book review), Geographical Research, 10.1111/1745-5871.12091

Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Crommelin LM, 2015, When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing, When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/when-developers-come-knocking-why-strata-law-shake-up-wont-deliver-cheaper-housing-50971

Troy L, 2012, Planning perspectives from Western Australia: a reader in theory and practice, Australian Geographer, 10.1080/00049182.2012.649525