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UNSW wins big in 2016 AHURI research funding round


Along with other UNSW colleagues, CFRC is celebrating a bumper crop of funding approvals in this year’s Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute funding round. These will underpin projects rolling out in 2017 and 2018. In their research on ‘Housing and Digital Disruption’ a team led by CFRC’s Professor Chris Pettit will look at – among other things – the impact of AirBnB on private housing markets. How far is this form of ‘technological disruption’ syphoning off permanent private rental housing provision? Contributing team members will include Laura Crommelin and Laurence Troy, as well as Swinburne University colleagues.

As part of the study ‘Housing and Family Wellbeing’ CFRC’s Dr Chris Martin will research the ‘family impacts of social housing legal responses to occupier misconduct’.  Focusing on social landlords’ use of legal action against tenants due to misconduct by a household member, this study will consider whether appropriate provision is made for family members including women and children. Under the overall leadership of the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre’s Dr Kylie Valentine, the study will also involve University of Tasmania colleagues.

Meanwhile, Professor Hal Pawson and Ryan van den Nouwelant will contribute to the study ‘Rethinking Social Housing as Infrastructure’ to be led by RMIT’s Associate Professor Julie Lawson and also involving fellow researchers from the University of Tasmania.