This paper draws on examples from a wider study of Australian backyards to inform debate on three themes: urban consolidation vs urban expansion; the ecologies of urban areas; the importance of ethnographic and qualitative research methods in studying human/environment interactions in urban areas.
Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Family Studies in 1980. This snapshot report outlines some of the significant changes in household incomes, household wealth and also the amount of household debt over the last forty years.
This paper looks at physical health, mental health and cognitive outcomes for Australian children and adolescents conditional upon measures of occupant density of their family homes using three longitudinal datasets: the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey; the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children...
In April 2020 during the last two weeks of Level 4 lockdown, Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) surveyed 3000 people on the effects of COVID-19 on their financial wellbeing. This was part of a study being undertaken in eight countries.
The rise of the “gig economy” has attracted wide attention from both scholars and the popular media. Much of this attention has been devoted to jobs mediated through various online platforms. While non-traditional work arrangements have been a perennial subject of debate and study, the...
This report identifies the benefits and problems smart home adopters actually experience, and compares them to the technological solutions on offer. The report shows that while living in a smart home is appealing for early adopters, it also throws up some unexpected challenges.
The logbook data quest sets up indicators and other requirements for a renovation passport. The iBRoad project works on developing an Individual Building Renovation Roadmap for single-family houses. This tool provides a customised renovation plan over a long-term period of time (10-20 years).
This study focused on the Australian private rental sector including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices), and reviewed the sector in ten countries.