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Nicole Gurran

Nicole Gurran is a professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on comparative planning systems, managing urban and regional change, and housing affordability. She is the author of ‘Australian Urban Land Use Planning’ (Sydney University Press 2007, 2011).
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Strategic planning, ‘city deals’ and affordable housing

This study examines how local and international funding interventions focussed on specific regions, such as 'city deals,' deliver affordable rental housing for low income households to enhance urban productivity. Such strategic policy interventions offer some promise in creating new economic opportunities. However, explicit policies are...
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Informal accommodation and vulnerable households: scale, drivers and policy responses in metropolitan Sydney

This report finds low-income and other vulnerable groups are being forced into informal housing arrangements, such as share accommodation. A chronic shortage of social and affordable housing means some people are forced to live in severely overcrowded situations that contravene planning and building regulations.
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Planning responses to online short-term holiday rental platforms

This research project sought to identify appropriate planning responses to the rise of online platforms for short term holiday rental accommodation in coastal Australia.
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“Holiday home-sharing”: Airbnb, housing markets, and implications for planning

There is growing global concern about the local neighbourhood and housing market impacts of online “home-sharing” platforms such as Airbnb. However, the research base to inform policy and planning responses remains limited. This paper examines how different forms of “holiday home-sharing” – whereby property owners...
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Can ‘codification’ of development rights support increased and more diverse housing supply?

Over the past decade, amidst growing concerns about perceived mismatches between housing demand and supply, the state of New South Wales (NSW) has introduced a range of major changes to land use policy and development assessment processes. Designed to address regulatory impediments to new and...