City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb

This project examines the impact of Airbnb, a first-wave disruptive housing technology, on the utilisation of private housing in Sydney and Melbourne. It will provide policy-makers with critical insights into Airbnb’s impact on housing opportunity in these cities, and the implications for regulating the platform equitably, effectively and efficiently.

This research project is being carried out by CFRC researchers in collaboration with Swinburne University colleagues, with funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. Airbnb, Inc. is neither involved in, nor connected with, this research project. More project information is available on the AHURI website.

Calling all Airbnb hosts in Sydney and Melbourne

Are you an Airbnb host in Sydney or Melbourne, or have you considered advertising a property in these cities on Airbnb?  If so, we would love to hear about your motivations for using the service and your experiences to date, as part of a survey of existing or potential Airbnb hosts with properties in these cities. The survey is open throughout February and includes an option to participate in a follow-up interview.  Please note that participation is entirely voluntary, and you must be at least 18 years old to complete the survey. To access the survey, please use this link. Thanks for your help!

For more information about the survey, please read the Participant Information Sheet.


Leading organisation

University of New South Wales

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Collaborating partners

Swinburne University

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