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In the past, housing policy-makers have argued that housing is a social, rather than an economic, investment. However, problems with the housing market may be constraining national growth and imposing costs on the public purse (e.g. homelessness impacts on health budgets).
Published research suggests...
Disadvantage is an umbrella term embracing a range of concepts including poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and social capital. Spatial disadvantage is likewise an umbrella term incorporating three concepts: locational disadvantage, places with social problems, and concentrated disadvantage, the latter referring to...
The recently released ‘My City: the people’s verdict 2013’ survey from the Property Council of Australia reveals that only 36 per cent of people think Australian cities have affordable housing—the worst performing aspect of the 17 measurement categories of our cities that were assessed. The...
This Positioning Paper is the outcome of Stage 1 of a three-stage research project: Processes for developing affordable and sustainable medium-density housing models for greyfield precincts , which is funded by AHURI over a two-year period 2012–14.
The questions to be addressed in the...
This paper unearths a selection of innovative design and procurement outcomes from the Social Housing Initiative and examines the factors that influenced these outcomes and allowed them to occur.
This Positioning Paper is the outcome of Stage 1 of a...
This project aims to provide a multi-level analysis of the wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters living in socially diverse locations, to help inform area-based policies on social mix and affordability.
Whether it is better to be ‘poor’ in a ‘poor...
This paper aimed to develop a model of Australian Aboriginal house crowding, based on social science theories, and then refined through empirical studies conducted in regional urban and state capital metropolitan areas, generating useful findings for housing policy. The case studies were conducted in Queensland...
This research investigated the causal roots of local opposition to affordable housing projects in Australia. It shows that planning concerns (traffic and built form) can mask prejudice against low-income residents. However community opposition can be exacerbated by dismissive attitudes by government. Developers and government both...