Led by Professor Hal Pawson, the City Housing Program encompasses a wide spectrum of issues related to the governance, financing and development of social and affordable housing as well as the analysis of housing affordability and the operation of private housing markets.
This program has developed in large part through its success within the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) network. AHURI is a national research commissioning body funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments. It comprises a central management office (AHURI Ltd) and a network of nine participating universities or Research Centres who undertake AHURI-supported projects on a competitive funding basis. While City Futures leads the UNSW AHURI Research Centre, colleagues from other faculties within the university also contribute to certain projects.
Since 2013 the City Housing group has also been developing a stronger presence in the field of private rental housing research. This has primarily involved two major Australian Research Council Discovery grants. One (in collaboration with UTS and Swinburne University) focuses on the growing cohort of long term private renters. The other (also in collaboration with Swinburne University) explores the spatial dimensions and housing market impacts of private rental investor activity.
Beyond its AHURI and ARC-funded projects, the City Housing program has in recent years included studies commissioned or grant-funded by a wide range of other agencies. Recent
instances have included (the former) Housing New South Wales, the NSW
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tenants Queensland and not-for-profit
City Housing research is closely linked to a number of courses within UNSW Built Environment at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The following postgraduate courses are led by City Housing staff who leverage considerable research experience into delivering to students the most up to date knowledge relevant to today’s changing urban landscape.
The above courses are components of the postgraduate program: Master of Urban Renewal and Housing (launched 2016)
Milligan, V, Yates, J and Pawson, H (2016) 'Submission to the Council for Federal Financial Relations Affordable Housing Working Group', City Futures Research Centre, UNSW
Chris Martin (2016) 'Submission to the Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW)', City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney.
Easthope H, 2014, 'Making a Rental Property Home', Housing Studies, 10.1080/02673037.2013.873115
Legacy C; Davison G; Liu EY; van den Nouwelant R; Piracha A, 2013, 'Democratic Infrastructure? Delivering affordable housing under Australia's Social Housing Initiative', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Legacy-Governance.pdf
Davison G; Legacy C; Liu EY; van den Nouwelant R; Piracha A, 2013, 'How and why does community opposition to affordable housing development escalate? â€œUnsupported developmentâ€ in Parramatta, NSW', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Davison-Social.pdf