December 2016
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CFRC team commended by Planning Institute

Congratulations to CFRC’s Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar, Dr Laurence Troy and Dr Laura Crommelin (pictured), awarded the Planning Institute of Australia NSW 2016 ‘cutting edge research’ prize for their Renewing the Compact City  report. Also commended for their co-edited book Place and Placelessness Revisited, were BE’s Professor Rob Freestone and City Futures’ Dr Edgar Liu.
Renewing the Compact City is a world first for research exploring how strata redevelopment can be both financially viable and socially fair. The study focused on a key challenge facing Australia’s city planners: how to renew older areas of multi-unit housing to accommodate population growth, without exacerbating social inequalities. While focusing on Sydney, our findings are relevant to other jurisdictions grappling with similar challenges.

UNSW wins big in 2016 AHURI research funding round

Along with other UNSW colleagues, CFRC is celebrating a bumper crop of funding approvals in this year’s Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute funding round. These will underpin projects rolling out in 2017 and 2018. In their research on ‘Housing and Digital Disruption’ a team led by CFRC’s Professor Chris Pettit will look at – among other things – the impact of AirBnB on private housing markets. How far is this form of ‘technological disruption’ syphoning off permanent private rental housing provision? Contributing team members will include Laura Crommelin and Laurence Troy, as well as Swinburne University colleagues.
As part of the study ‘Housing and Family Wellbeing’ CFRC’s Dr Chris Martin will research the ‘family impacts of social housing legal responses to occupier misconduct’.  Focusing on social landlords’ use of legal action against tenants due to misconduct by a household member, this study will consider whether appropriate provision is made for family members including women and children. Under the overall leadership of the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre’s Dr Kylie Valentine, the study will also involve University of Tasmania colleagues.
Meanwhile, Professor Hal Pawson and Ryan van den Nouwelant will contribute to the study ‘Rethinking Social Housing as Infrastructure’ to be led by RMIT’s Associate Professor Julie Lawson and also involving fellow researchers from the University of Tasmania.

Media hits galore in 2016

2016 saw CFRC engaging with the world at large on an unprecedented scale. With 107 CFRC staff citations in newspapers, radio, TV and online news sites, the last year saw the Centre’s ‘media hits’ reach an all-time record. Part of this probably results from stories triggered by postings on our own blog site, as well as from rising numbers of journalist requests for comment on policy developments. Radio interviews grew from four in 2012 to 25 in 2016. And, alongside the ubiquitous media presence of Centre Director, Bill Randolph, 11 other CFRC colleagues featured in 2016 coverage – up from only five in 2012.

Bill Randolph lays down the gauntlet at CEDA conference

Centre Director, Bill Randolph was in exalted company in delivering a speech to a recent Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) event. Alongside Planning Minister, the Hon Rob Stokes, and Lucy Turnbull, Chair of the Greater Sydney Commission, Bill argued that traditional landuse planning approaches will be inadequate to manage Sydney’s expected enlargement to a metropolis of 8 million over the next 35 years. ‘Rezone and walk away planning, casino development culture, unaffordable development, ad hoc infrastructure roll out, incoherent urban financing models, and poorly integrated urban governance arrangements – will no longer do’, Prof Randolph told the meeting.

Multigenerational family living in Australian cities

Newly published by Routledge is a book co-edited by CFRC’s Dr Edgar Liu and Dr Hazel Easthope. Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia includes contributions from their eponymous research project  that also involved City Futures’ adjunct academics Emeritus Professor Ian Burnley and Professor Bruce Judd. It also draws on other Australian projects on intergenerational family relationships, and decision-making about care, finance and housing. It reveals how such factors reflect a retracting welfare state and changing understandings of families in an increasingly mobile world. It connects with international works on this topic and raises policy considerations with global relevance. Indicating the breadth of interest in these topics, Edgar and Hazel’s associated Conversation article garnered over 135,000 readers. It also received extensive media attention from television, radio (e.g. ABC’s The World Today, 2SER and 2UE), as well as citation in an oped in the SMH.

The Place Economy

If you are pondering your summer reading, or last minute Christmas gifts, you cannot go past the recently published book by Hoyne Architects, ‘The Place Economy’. Beautifully illustrated and presented, this book is packed with inspiration for great place making from around the world! City Wellbeing’s Professor Susan Thompson has a fun piece on how companion animals contribute to place making in surprising and delightful ways, connecting people of all ages in a community. 

Working to combat diabetes in Western Sydney

City Wellbeing is part of a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral alliance working together to address the unacceptably high rate of diabetes in Western Sydney. Spearheaded by health professionals in the City’s west, Western Sydney Diabetes is focusing on prevention and management, both of which are strongly linked to being physically active and eating a healthy diet. Through research undertaken by City Wellbeing, we know that the built environment plays a critical role in supporting people’s efforts to keep active and manage body weight, helping to reduce the incidence of this costly and complex disease.

Staffing news

CFRC’s City Analytics team farewells Dr Scott Lieske who is leaving to take up a lectureship at the University of Queensland. And, in a transition towards retirement, Vivienne Milligan stepped down as a staff member in October. Under her new title, Senior Visiting Fellow, Vivienne will continue to make some input into CFRC projects in 2017.
A warm welcome back to the Centre for Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar and Professor Bruce Judd. We are delighted that, after relinquishing senior Faculty roles in early 2017, both Simon and Bruce will be re-joining the team.

UNSW Master of Urban Renewal and Housing: Still time to enrol for 2017

2017 Semester 1 starts at the end of February but there is still time to apply for our new Urban Renewal and Housing program, led by CFRC’s Hal Pawson (pictured). If not the full ‘Master’ degree, potential applicants may want consider the Graduate Certificate package. This amounts to around one third of the course content, duration and cost of the full Master – possible to complete in just over a year on a part time basis. Semester 1 enrolments will still be accepted in January. The online application portal is here.

City Futures Blog accepting subscribers

You can now subscribe to the blog – you’ll be automatically notified of new posts via email. Posts uploaded in Q4 2016

In all, the blog logged 7,752 page views in the second half of 2016, a 23% increase on the first six months of the year. Q4 most-read post was ‘The Greater Sydney Commission could deliver a step-change policy advance on affordable housing’ with 494 views.
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CFRC books, refereed journal articles, AHURI reports and other publications - Q4 2016

Baldwin, C., Lewison, R. L., Lieske, S. N., Beger, M., Hines, E., Dearden, P., Junchompoo, C. (2016). Using the DPSIR framework for transdisciplinary training and knowledge elicitation in the Gulf of Thailand; Ocean and Coastal Management, 134, 163-172
Brychtova, A., Coltekin, A., Griffin, A. L., Robinson, A. C., Imhof, M., & Pettit, C. (2016). Perceptual complexity of soil-landscape maps: a user evaluation of color organization in legend designs using eye tracking; International Journal of Digital Earth
Burnley, I. (2016). Demographic Characteristics of Multigenerational Households in Australia; In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 14-37) London: Routledge
Easthope, H. (2016). The Drivers of Multigenerational Households in Australia. In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 38-53) London: Routledge
Easthope, H., & Liu, E. Y. (2016). Recognising Multigenerational Households. In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerationl Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 178-188) London: Routledge
Fitzpatrick, S. & Pawson, H. (2016) Fifty years since Cathy Come Home: critical reflections on the UK homelessness safety net, International Journal of Housing Policy, vol 16(4) pp543-555
Guilbert, É., Çöltekin, A., Castro, F. A., & Pettit, C. (2016). Theme section: Multi-dimensional modelling, analysis and visualization. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 117, 173-174
Liu, E. Y. (2016). Living with the Extended Family: Experiences and Outcomes of Living in Multigenerational Households. In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 73-82) London: Routledge
Liu, E. Y., & Easthope, H. (2016). Living with the Family in Australian Cities. In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 1-13) London: Routledge
Liu, E., Judd, B., & Mataraarachchi, S. (2016). Carbon reduction programs and lower income households in Australian cities. In Procedia Engineering. Sydney: Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License
Judd, B. (2016). Housing Design for Multigenerational Living. In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 136-159). London: Routledge
Pettit, C. J., Lieske, S. N., & Leao, S. Z. (2016) Big bicycle data processing: From personal data to urban applications; in ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences Vol. III-2 (pp. 173-179)
Pettit, C. J., Tanton, R., & Hunter, J. (2016). An online platform for conducting spatial-statistical analyses of national census data across Australia. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 12 pages
Pettit, C. J., Tice, A., & Randolph, B. (2016). Using an Online Spatial Analytics Workbench for Understanding Housing Affordability in Sydney. In P. Thakuriah, N. Tilahun, & M. Zellner (Eds.), Seeing Cities Trough Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics (pp. 233-255) Springer International Publishing
Randolph, B., & Tice, A. (2016). Relocating Disadvantage in Five Australian Cities: Socio-spatial Polarisation under Neo-liberalism Urban Policy and Research, 1-19
Smith, E. F., Lieske, S. N., Keys, N., & Smith, T. F. (2016). Rapid regional-scale assessments of socio-economic vulnerability to climate change Environmental Research Letters, 11(3), 034016
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