City Futures Research Centre (UNSW)


Based in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW since 2005, the City Futures Research Centre has developed into a national leader in scholarly applied urban research.  In 2012, together with our colleagues in the BE Planning Program, we were assessed by the Australian Research Council as the only Australian university research concentration in urban planning and related research rated at level 5 – “well above world standard”.  This rating was re-confirmed in the recent 2015 ERA review.

Our work spans the interrelated areas of urban planning, housing, health and well-being, design, urban development and social policy.  In undertaking this research, we collaborate with a range of academic researchers, both within UNSW and at universities across Australia, Asia and Europe. Our applied focus also involves strong partnerships with local, state and federal government agencies as well as industry stakeholders and community groups.

City Futures has a robust track record on external research income. Our 2015 external research revenue totaled over $2 million. In the main, this funding is provided by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the NSW Department of Health. Other project sponsors include State government departments, local councils and private companies.

City Futures has strong scholarship credentials. We have authored over 200 publications in the five years to 2015 and the Centre has generated over $10 million in external research funding, mainly in competitive national research grants.

Recently added resources


13 Mar 2019

This report presents the findings of a research project commissioned by CHIA NSW and Homelessness NSW to provide estimates of the social and affordable housing need for Australia by sub-region and the likely costs to government of delivering housing to meet these needs over the...


31 May 2018

This comprehensive national report of the strata and community title sector reveals there are about 2.6 million strata title lots in Australia with an insured value of close to $1 trillion. The report highlights the economic value of the sector to the national economy and...


How to implement sustainable retrofits in your strata scheme
9 Nov 2017

Follow a step by step guide to undertaking sustainable retrofits in your strata scheme and help to transform your building.


23 Aug 2017

More and more of us living in denser cities where apartments and high-rise developments are increasingly common. This creates specific health concerns for residents of these areas, and for lower-income households in particular.

Briefing paper

The place for lower income and disadvantaged households in a dense city
14 Aug 2017

This final report focuses on policies, processes and economies that operate at the regional scale and their impact on lower income and disadvantaged households. It considers policies that affect the structural features of housing markets, policies and investment affecting urban regions, and the governance arrangements...