Hal Pawson


Hal Pawson joined UNSW in 2011 as a Professor of Housing Research and Policy, Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre, and Director of the UNSW AHURI Research Centre.
Hal's key interests include the governance and management of social housing, private rental housing and urban renewal. Both in his current role and previously at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University (1995-2011), Hal has extensive experience in leading policy-related housing research commissioned by national governments and funding agencies.
At UNSW, Hal also contributes to Masters teaching via leadership of the Housing Policy & Finance course.
Hal has a prolific record of academic journal publications and his latest co-authored book, After Council Housing: Britain’s New Social Landlords was published in 2010. He is a member of the Australasian Housing Institute, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing, and Managing Editor (Australasia) for the highly-rated international journal Housing Studies. He is also an Associate of the Town & Regional Planning Department, University of Sheffield.
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Research report

15 May 2018

This report outlines the findings from an independent, longitudinal analysis, examining the changes in the scale and nature of homelessness in Australia, as well as how social, economic and policy drivers influence these changes.

Research report

24 Jan 2018

What lessons can be drawn from institutional change in private rental sectors (PRSs) internationally which could enhance the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of the sector in Australia, particularly to improve outcomes for low-income tenants?

Blog post

20 Jul 2017

Through its profitable exploitation of planning system loopholes on affordable housing obligations, Lendlease has achieved notoriety within UK affordable housing advocacy circles. And just how this came about is a tale with direct implications for Sydney.


17 Jul 2017

Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. With housing affordability stress also intensifying, the moment for a push on empty property taxes looks to have arrived.

Research report

20 Apr 2017

The key to the affordable housing industry’s future is that governments, in consultation with affordable housing providers, establish a clear industry vision with defined policy objectives, and specify medium-term growth strategies and targets to realise that vision.

Whether involving new finance or the redirection...

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