December 2015
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ERA top-ranking reconfirmed

City Futures and Faculty Planning colleagues are celebrating our recent reconfirmation in Australia’s top rank for Urban and Regional Planning research. Repeating our 2012 score, UNSW was once again classed as five star ‘well above world standard’ in this discipline area under the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) three-yearly assessment unveiled in December 2015. Congratulations also to Melbourne University planning colleagues who climbed into the top echelon in the latest grading.

Prestigious Award for City Wellbeing Director

CFRC is proud to announce that Professor Susan Thompson has been awarded the 2015 Sidney Luker Memorial Medal for her contribution to progressing healthy planning in Australia.  Susan joins a noble cadre of distinguished figures commended for outstanding contributions to urban and regional planning in Australia.  More details here and read Susan’s Medal acceptance speech on the CFRC blog.

Celebrating CFRC 10 Year Anniversary

Over 140 colleagues and friends from across the worlds of academia, business, government and not-for-profits joined us on 9 November 2015 to celebrate 10 years since CFRC’s foundation. Especially esteemed guests included the Hon Rob Stokes, NSW Planning Minister (keynote speaker), UNSW Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs, Faculty Dean, Prof Alec Tzannes and CEO of UrbanGrowth NSW, David Pitchford. This was part of our Cities@UNSW week of public events featuring high profile international planning and geography speakers and attended by over 400 people – lecture presentations available via the above link.

L to R:
CFRC Adjunct Professor, Geoff Roberts, CFRC Director, Bill Randolph; BE Faculty Dean, Alec Tzannes; UNSW Vice Chancellor, Ian Jacobs with NSW Planning Minister, Hon Rob Stokes.

New City Futures Website with Improved Functionality

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new CFRC website.  The structure reflects the Centre’s strategic direction under our four broad research programs – City Analytics, City Housing, City Shaping and City Wellbeing.  The new layout is compatible with tablets and mobile devices, and makes it much easier to find out about City Futures research, and publications linked with each of our programs and projects.  We welcome feedback on these changes.  Please visit:

Housing research grant success

CFRC will have a large hand in several 2016/17 housing research projects newly awarded. As part of a Swinburne University-led AHURI-funded study on private rental housing futures, the Centre’s Dr Chris Martin (pictured) will lead an international review of recent institutional change and innovation in private rental markets. Meanwhile, Bill Randolph will take charge of a study on affordable housing prospects in different market contexts, a ‘supporting research project’ within a larger AHURI-commissioned program led by Sydney University’s Professor Nicole Gurran.
Research bids by colleagues elsewhere in UNSW also met with success in the 2015 AHURI funding round – Professor Neil Warren (UNSW Business School) will contribute to a UTAS-led study on pathways to housing tax reform, while A/Prof Kristy Muir (Centre for Social Impact) will lead a program on the possible relevance of social impact investing to housing and homelessness.
CFRC will also be a member of an Adelaide University-led consortium awarded ARC funding to develop a survey methodology for assessing the condition of Australia’s housing stock – an issue unaccountably neglected since the 1990s.

Media citation record outperformed

Partly reflecting the saliency of urban renewal and housing affordability issues in Sydney, 2015 saw CFRC hit a new media record. Mainly in the Sydney Morning Herald, but also in numerous other ‘print’, web-based and broadcast media – both in Australia and overseas – Centre staff were cited or interviewed at least 72 times during the year. This was a 30% increase on 2014.

How Can Strata Property Ownership and Urban Renewal be Reconciled? Researchers Report

November 2015 saw the publication of ‘Renewing the Compact City’, the first large-scale study on the termination and renewal of strata property schemes. With important strata property ownership reforms recently passing through the NSW Parliament, this is a highly topical subject. The research provides the first comprehensive evidence of the challenges and opportunities faced by strata owners and residents in effectively, efficiently and inclusively redeveloping privately owned multi-unit strata titled blocks. 
The report is a key output from an ARC Linkage project, co-sponsored by UrbanGrowth NSW, Strata Community Australia (NSW), Australian College of Community Association Lawyers, The Owners Corporation Network of Australia and NSW Fair Trading.  The report was officially launched by Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, to an audience of over 100 representatives from strata industry, government and community housing providers.

Staffing changes

The Centre welcomes two new members to the team, both within the City Analytics Program. 
Dr. Scott N. Lieske’s research is in the area of spatial decision support including spatial analysis, modeling, planning support systems and visualisation.
And Dr. Simone Z. Leao, whose extensive experience in GIS, geometics along with her qualifications in planning, urban modelling and simulation are a great addition to the team.

City Futures blog posts - Q4 2015 (in date order)

Books, Refereed Journal Articles, AHURI Reports and other publications - Q4 2015

Bunker R, (2015), The changing political economy of the compact city and higher density urban renewal in Sydney, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia
Coltekin, A., Pettit, C., & Wu, B. (2015) Geovisual analytics: human factors. Interntional Journal of Digital Earth, 8 (8), 595-598.
Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramley, G., Wilcox, S. & Watts, B. (2015) The Homelessness Monitor: Scotland 2015; London: Crisis UK
Liu, E., Easthope, H., Judd, B. & Burnley, I. (2015) Housing Multigenerational Households in Australian Cities: Evidence from Sydney and Brisbane at the Turn of the 21st Century; in: Dufty-Jones, R. & Rogers, D. (eds) Housing 21st Century Australia: People, Places and Policies; London: Ashgate
Martin, C. (2015) Contracts and conduct: Using tenancy law to govern crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales; Property Law Review Vol 5(2) pp81-100
Martin, C. (2015). Heritage and social housing: implications for repairs, maintenance, modifications and redevelopments; Second Edition; Sydney: Shelter NSW
Paine G. Converting Research Findings into Action-Able Pattern-Languages. The Qualitative Report 20(7):1125-1140
Paine G. A Pattern-Generating Tool for Use in Semi-Structured Interviews. The Qualitative Report 20(4)
Pawson, H., Milligan, V., Liu, E., Phibbs, P. & Rowley, S. (2015) Assessing Cost-effectiveness and Tenant Outcomes in Social Housing: Recommended Methods and Future Directions; Final Report no. 257; Melbourne: AHURI
Pettit, C.J., Coltekin, A., & Wu, B. (2015). Geovisual analytics: design and implementation. International Journal of Digital Earth, 8(7), 517-521.
Randolph, B., Troy, L., Pinnegar, S., & Easthope, H. (2015). Renewing the Compact City: Who can afford it? Paper presented at 2015 State of Australian Cities Conference, 9-11 December, Gold Coast
Thompson, S., Paine, G. & Mitchell, E. (2015) Creating Environments that Support Healthy Living Using Methodologies for Deep Understandings, Paper presented at 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference, 9-11 December, Gold Coast
Troy, L., Randolph, B., Crommelin, L., Easthope, H., & Pinnegar, S. (2015) Renewing the Compact City: Economically viable and socially sustainable approaches to urban redevelopment. Sydney, Australia: City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia.
Troy, L., Randolph, B., Pinnegar, S., & Easthope, H. (2015) Planning the End of the Compact City? Paper presented at 2015 State of Australian Cities Conference, 9-11 December, Gold Coast
Smith E.F., Keys N., Lieske S.N. & Smith T. (2015) Socio-economic Vulnerability to Climate Change Impacts in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Geographical Research
van den Nouwelant, R. (2015) Does strategic planning provide the clarity it claims? Framing land-use conflict as competing interpretations of the same planning concept: the case of the 'mixed-use neighbourhood' Paper presented at 2015 State of Australian Cities Conference, 9-11 December, Gold Coast.
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