Kath Hulse is Director of the Centre for Urban Transitions and research professor in housing studies. Her primary research interest is in the housing and urban drivers and consequences of economic, social, political and cultural change. Kath has a particualar interest in housing processes and social change in Australia and internationally. She has a strong track record as leader of research projects and has obtained many national competitive grants and is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate students. Kath was the academic leader of annual symposia for PhD students in the AHURI network of
This research charts the changes in the supply of affordable and available private rental housing for lower income households between 2011 and 2016, and is the latest in a series of projects detailing affordable rental housing supply every five years since 1996 using Census data.
This article highlights the challenges for urban policy in adopting and adapting, rather than rejecting, a multi-dimensional concept of housing affordability and consequently, the importance of new ways of measuring urban housing affordability.
The ongoing trend of increasing housing cost pressures on lower-income Australians over the past decade provides the context for the high incidence of financial stress, particularly among tenants in low-rent areas of Sydney and Melbourne.