Neighbourhood effects

Journal article

11 Jan 2019

This analysis examines the spatial fragmentation of the urban landscape with respect to neighborhoods classified according to their racial, demographic, housing and socioeconomic characteristics. The analysis is performed on the 50 largest metropolitan areas throughout the United States from 1990–2010


5 Jun 2018

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...

Journal article

10 Dec 2017

This study examines the association between health enhancing and threatening, and social and physical aspects of the neighbourhood environment and general practitioner (GP) assessed morbidity, in order to find out whether the effects of environmental characteristics add up or modify each other.

Discussion paper

1 Dec 2017

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

The place for lower income and disadvantaged households in a dense city
14 Aug 2017

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...


A study to contribute an evaluation of the Dunbar Way Estate Regeneration Program (DWRP)
4 May 2017

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

26 Jan 2017

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

4 Jun 2014

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

29 Nov 2013

The aim of this paper is to identify the role of streets in across-cultural context through an investigation of public behaviour, to understand the principles (form, activities and image) that could create more people friendly streets.


Streets have multiple functions, ranging from...


28 Jun 2013

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

Whether it is better to be ‘poor’ in a ‘poor...


13 Feb 2013

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...

Working paper

5 Sep 2012

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...

Journal article

3 Jan 2012

Recently released as open access, this 2012 article examines gentrification processes in the context of a policy-induced housing crisis. It describes the effects of the crisis on Melbourne's inner western suburbs and documents the consequences for low-income residents.


20 Apr 2011

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...


29 May 2007

The Victorian Lifestyle and Neighbourhood Environment Study (VicLANES) is internationally significant research involving 4,913 participants in 50 small areas in Melbourne. VicLANES examines the importance of area socio-economic status (SES), neighbourhood environments, individual perceptions, attitudes and knowledge in relation to three important health behaviours: •...


6 Dec 2005

Gavin Wood and Rachel Ong report on the first stage of a project examining how housing assistance programs impact on economic participation outcomes once we control for the mediating effects that intermediary variables such as health and neighbourhood effects can have on economic participation outcomes....

Conference paper

2 Dec 2005

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.

This paper was presented at SOAC 2 held in Brisbane from 30 November to 2 December 2005.

SOAC 2 was hosted by the...

Conference paper

1 Jan 2004

The Victorian government's Neighbourhood Renewal initiative addresses place based disadvantage by fostering community engagement and development, through partnerships and cooperation between government, local service providers, business and community. The Collingwood and Fitzroy public housing estates are two Neighbourhood Renewal sites, and this paper reviews the...


30 Jul 2003

This project will pursue a set of overlapping research strands that together will provide state housing agencies with the evidence base to develop effective forms of intervention to address anti-social behaviour. The review undertaken for this Positioning Paper shows that housing management responses in the...


13 Aug 2002

The key factors in promoting resident participation in renewal are community development approaches that start with local people, identify local issues and give residents the confidence and skills to influence their communities writes Bill Randolph.

Much of the debate and policy action involving area...



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