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Mounting housing stress underscores need for expert council to guide wayward policymaking

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Data, Demographics, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW and Oliver Frankel, University of Technology Sydney. Originally published on The Conversation. A recent policy pledge by Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has given fresh heart to campaigners for the restoration of the former National Housing Supply Council (NHSC). The Abbott government axed the council in 2013. With housing stress intensifying across […]

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It’s not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor

August 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Housing, Planning, Public space, Sydney, urban renewal

By Laurence Troy, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW, and Laura Crommelin, UNSW This article is the second in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Originally published on The Conversation. Last year marked the first time that construction began on more higher-density housing in Australia […]

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With better data access, urban planners could help ease our weight problems

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Demographics, Planning, Wellbeing

Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity. AAP/Dave Hunt By Alison Taylor, UNSW; Christopher Pettit, UNSW; Ori Gudes, UNSW, and Susan Thompson, UNSW A recent episode of ABC TV’s Ask the Doctor pointed to poor urban planning as a major culprit […]

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Overturning perceptions: migration, renewal and the new Western City

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Migration, Sydney

Next Monday 5 June Blacktown City Council will host a City Futures seminar, Overturning perceptions: migration, renewal and the new Western City. If you’re involved in migrant services, community development or social planning – or just interested in migrant experiences of Sydney – please come along to this free event (register here). The seminar will […]

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New to Australia? Good luck! Migrants can no longer afford ‘gateway’ suburbs

May 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Guest appearance, Housing, Migration, Sydney, Wellbeing

Jack Wright/flickr, CC BY-NC   By Hazel Easthope, UNSW and Wendy Stone, Swinburne University of Technology. Originally published on The Conversation. The concentration of disadvantaged people in certain parts of cities is almost always seen as undesirable by urban researchers and policymakers. But is this always the case? Our research demonstrates that it isn’t. Concentrations of people […]

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Contested spaces: living next door to Alice (and Anh and Abdullah)

March 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Guest appearance, Housing, Wellbeing

How is apartment living changing the way we get to know our increasingly diverse neighbourhoods? from www.shutterstock.com Edgar Liu, UNSW; Christina Ho, University of Technology Sydney, and Hazel Easthope, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Ethnic conflict is on the rise in Australia, with regular reports of racist abuse in public spaces, including transport, streets […]

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Housing the dead: what happens when a city runs out of space?

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Planning

By Kate Ryan, UNSW Australia and Christine Steinmetz, UNSW Australia Do you know where and how you want to be buried? Will you choose an elaborate Victorian-style headstone, or do you prefer a “green” burial, with only a GPS tracking signal indicating your location? Or you may elect to purchase a Bios Urn, a 100% biodegradable […]

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Why adult children stay at home: looking beyond the myths of kidults, kippers and gestaters

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Housing, Migration, Planning

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article (co-written with with Dr Hazel Easthope) here.   We’ve all seen it in the movies: overgrown “kidults” living at home while their parents pick up their dirty laundry, cook their meals and vacuum around their unmade bed. This narrow portrayal of what modern-day multigenerational households […]

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All aboard for the Bankstown corridor – or just the lucky few?

September 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Construction, Demographics, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Public space, Transport, urban renewal

By Professor Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. This is an extended version of an article published by The Conversation. It would be easy to assume that the new Sydney Metro Rail project will create something of an urban paradise along the new Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor through which it will run. […]

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Population projection release should provoke questions: is this the future we want?

September 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Demographics

By Alison Taylor, Demographer, City Futures Research Centre. This week new projections for Local Government Areas in NSW were released by the Department of Planning and Environment. This release should again prompt us to urgently, but carefully, consider the type of future we want for ourselves and our children. Unfortunately, coverage of the release by […]

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