Neighbourhood effects

Area effects


The relationship between health risk factors and the neighbourhood environment

Our neighbourhood environment influences our health by supporting or hindering our opportunities to engage in physical activity, access nutritious foods and commute to work. This report explores whether the selected factors in the neighbourhood environment are associated with socio-economic disadvantage and obesity, physical inactivity, insufficient...
Conference paper

COVID-19 infection outbreaks in Melbourne: what is the role of the built environment?

This ongoing research examined the effects of the built environment attributes on COVID-19 infections, using metropolitan Melbourne as a case study. This study explores the intracity dynamics of Melbourne neighbourhoods using postcode-level data and analysis across three different outbreaks.
Conference paper

Place identity and economic significance of urban forms of ethnic precincts in Melbourne, Australia

This paper examines place identity of neighbourhoods characterised by a large number of Vietnamese and their ethnic businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. The paper responds to urgent demands for knowledge, tools and strategies to better design and manage Australian cities, neighbourhoods, and public spaces for...
Conference paper

Experience of high-rise apartment living in Australia: a case study of Southbank, Melbourne

This research explored how high-rise residents experience Southbank, their sense of place and how they live there. Two key questions are: What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within the high-rise building in which they live? and What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within...
Conference paper

Housing quality, neighbourhood environment and loneliness in COVID-19 pandemic

This study aimed to examine the extent to which housing quality, other housing attributes and neighbourhood characteristics contribute towards COVID-19 related loneliness in different household types.
Conference paper

‘Sense of place’: policy definition and evaluation

This study provides illustration of the cognitive, affective and behavioral components of 'sense of place' through three case studies from Victoria.

“A space at the heart of our community”: mapping neighbourhood circles and initiatives across the greater Adelaide region

This document highlights the variety of ways that different neighbourhood circles can form and take shape in the greater Adelaide region and provides some background to different concepts that can help to support their amplification, inclusivity and sustainability into the future.

“Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility”: thinking about what it might take

While this document does not attempt to provide all the answers to many of the questions that arose throughout the course of this project, it hopes to instil further confidence and inspiration in our neighbourhoods as stronger places of safeguarding and belonging.
Policy report

Does high-rise development damage neighbourhood character?

Local residents often oppose new apartment buildings on the grounds that they would harm neighbourhood character. This paper examines several examples of high-rise development in Sydney.
Discussion paper

People and neighbourhoods: policy discussion paper

This discussion paper outlines and explores the proposed new Planning and Design Code policy framework that will best support the future development of the homes and neighbourhoods where South Australians will choose to live, work and play.

Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program: report

The number of people on the Victorian Housing Register increased by around 1,500 people in the first three months of 2018 alone. Having declared the Public Housing Renewal Program to be a project of statewide significance, the state government intends to take control of the...
Discussion paper

Does place matter?

This paper offers a critical examination of the historical context, theoretical foundation and empirical evidence regarding 'area effects' in social and housing policies.
Briefing paper

Equitable Density - report 2 - neighbourhood scale

Higher density multi-unit residential developments, such as townhouses and apartment buildings (henceforth ‘higher density housing’), have become an increasingly common feature of Australian cities. Across the country, 2016 marked the first time when construction began on more higher density housing than detached houses. New South...

Dunbar way renewal evaluation

In 2011, Pacific Link Housing negotiated a project with Housing NSW to renew the Dunbar Way social housing estate in North Gosford in return for management rights. This study evaluates the outcomes of the renewal including resident’s experience of social housing neighbourhood, their attitudes toward...
Working paper

Intersections of stigma, social capital and community engagement in the suburbs: a social network analysis

This paper looks at place-based stigma within communities by mapping social networks and relationships within sub-sections of a disadvantaged urban Tasmanian community. This provides a unique lens for understanding disadvantaged urban places, particularly when laying the foundation for community development strategies to address disadvantage and...
Discussion paper

Risky facilities: analysis of crime concentration in high-rise buildings

This paper investigates the security of high rise high density accommodation at the Gold Coast – a premier Australian holiday destination. Surfers Paradise has one of the highest population densities in Australia at 3,279 persons per square kilometre and over 70 percent of the residential...
Conference paper

The role of streets within placemaking in cross-cultural contexts: case studies from Adelaide and Georgetown, Malaysia

The aim of this paper is to identify the different roles of streets in place making, in varied cultural contexts, through case studies analysis. The importance of socially activating city streets is considered vital not only for people who use the streets but it is...

Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multi-level analysis of area effects: positioning paper

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. Key findings

What effect does housing assistance have on social inclusion for people with disabilities?

The project involved 98 face-to-face interviews with persons with a disability in NSW, SA and Vic; focus groups with service providers; and interviews with social housing providers. The research found that housing assistance has a very substantial impact on the social inclusion of persons with...
Working paper

Cost-effective methods for evaluation of neighbourhood renewal programs

This project compares the house price profiles before and after the introduction of neighbourhood renewal programs to consider their impact on perceived amenity (as proxied by house prices). Australian State Housing Authorities have used urban renewal programs to improve housing stocks and strengthen service delivery...

The stigmatisation of social housing: findings from a panel investigation

This Investigative Panel found that social housing neighbourhoods are stigmatised because government policies have worked to congregate socially disadvantaged people in social housing neighbourhoods while under-investing in the tenure. At the same time, the media has portrayed these neighbourhoods as a haven for criminals and...
Conference paper

Children’s neighbourhoods

On the child’s journey through life there is a gradual exploration from home to the wider world, with the neighbourhood providing a starting place for this exploration. Good neighbourhoods act as the centre of the social and cultural life of children and their families.
Conference paper

The naming game: the politics of place names as tools for urban regenerative practice?

Stigmatised as Port Misery for over 150 years, the name of Port Adelaide and its adjacent suburbs are still infused with the meanings of their derelict past. This paper investigates the method employed by the Newport Quays development consortium in the revitalisation of the Port...
Conference paper

Objective measures of a walkable neighbourhood: how do they fit with residents’ experiences?

This paper examines residents’ experiences and observations on what makes their neighbourhood pleasant and unpleasant for walking in four Auckland localities with contrasting built environment and socio-economic profiles.
Conference paper

The nature strip: an environmental and social resource for local communities

Nature strips form an important part of residential streetscapes, yet there is limited understanding of their function, nor an appreciation of the important role that they can play in an aesthetic, environmental or social sense. This paper presents research on the role and potential of...