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 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. We're currently running both an online survey and a series of interviews with existing or potential Airbnb hosts with properties in these cities. Please note that participation is entirely voluntary, and you must be at least 18 years old to participate. To access the survey, please use this link, or if you're willing to be involved in a short interview (approx. 30 minutes), please email Interviewees will receive a gift card to thank you for your time. 

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

Thanks for your help!

Leading organisation

University of New South Wales

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Collaborating partners

Swinburne University

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