August 2014
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Socio-spatial polarisation on the rise in Australia’s major cities

AHURI LogoWhile four distinctive types of ‘disadvantaged place’ are identifiable in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, in only one is social renting the largest housing tenure. The 2006-2011 period saw growing spatial concentration of disadvantaged populations in all three cities. Moreover, a disproportionate increase in the number of ‘very disadvantaged’ suburbs (i.e. those in the lowest decile of the national distribution) also occurred during this period. These striking findings are drawn from ‘Disadvantaged places in urban Australia: Analysing socio-economic diversity and housing market performance’, a newly published report of primary research findings from the City Futures-led AHURI study ‘Addressing Concentrations of Disadvantage’. Papers drawing on this report were also presented by Hal Pawson and Kath Hulse (Swinburne University) at the recent European Network for Housing Research conference in Edinburgh. Several further reports from the study are due for AHURI publication later in 2014.

Talking Sustainable Urbanism in the Islamic Republic

In a recent academic excursion to an unusual destination, City Futures Professor Michael Neuman spent three weeks in Iran at the invitation of four Iranian universities. Presented in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashad, Prof Neuman’s four lectures drew 700 people, including mayors, government officials, practitioners, academics and students.  One lecture, "Sustainable Processes, Sustainable Cities" was the opening keynote at Iran’s National Conference “Searching for the Future City” 

Talking Sustainable Urbanism in the Islamic Republic

While Facebook is officially banned in Iran, the conference page has drawn over 850 'Likes'.  Prof Neuman has been invited back to Iran to deliver more workshops and lectures, and plans research on sustainable techniques used to build large cities in the desert hundreds of years ago, centring on sustainable green infrastructures such as rain gardens, stormwater management, wind catchers, and qanats, or underground aqueducts.

Meanwhile in the UK….


Although less exotic than Prof Neuman’s travels (see above) City Futures Research Associates have been also well represented at recent UK conferences and events. Dr Laurence Troy was invited to attend the prestigious Summer Institute in Urban Studies – a 5-day intensive workshop – at the University of Manchester in July.

Meanwhile at a UCL seminar Dr Edgar Liu presented his co-authored paper Companionship, familial relationships and individuality: Sense of (be) longing in multigenerational householdsAnd at the Regional Science Association conference at Aberystwyth Dr Shanaka Herath presented Identifying urban planning priorities through a spatial hedonic house price model. Other recent City Futures staff conference presentations can be found on our presentation page.

The future of NSW social housing – contributing to the debate

The future of NSW social housing_Positioning Paper

Interpreted by some as preparing the ground for transitioning public housing into private real estate agency management, the NSW Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has launched an Inquiry into Tenancy Management in Social Housing. In the City Futures inquiry submission we highlight the lack of any evidential basis for such a decision, given the absence of meaningful statistics on social housing efficiency and effectiveness. As noted in our recently published AHURI positioning paper ‘Assessing management costs and tenant outcomes in social housing: developing a framework’, currently ongoing City Futures research aims to address this problem by devising and trialling new metrics for this purpose.

Walk21 Conference – Sydney: 21-23 October

Susan Thompson‘For passionate advocates of healthy and walkable cities, the Walk21 International Walking Conference is shaping up to be an exciting and transformative event’ says City Futures Associate Professor Susan Thompson. In a program including an impressive array of Australian and international keynote speakers, City Futures will be well represented. Presentations will include findings from our ARC Linkage research on Planning and Building Healthy Communities and walking patterns in Sydney. As well, a ‘walkshop’ exploring development sites, public transport and walking/bicycling routes in Sydney's Inner West, will be conducted.

Forthcoming BE/City Futures Seminars

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Newcastle University, UK)- Newcastle City Futures: an urban room with the city
Wednesday 27th August 12pm
Rm 4035, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Kensington Campus

Emeritus Professor Ted Relph (University of Toronto)- The Causes and Consequences of Toronto’s High-Rise Condominium Apartment Boom
Wednesday 3rd September 12pm
Rm 109, Civil Engineering Building, UNSW Sydney

Associate Professor Dushko Bogunovich (Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)- Future Auckland: The Case for Flat Urbanism
Monday 8th September 12pm
Rm 4035, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Kensington Campus
Professor George Galster (Wayne State University, US)- Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Outcomes for Low Income Latino and African American Children
Wednesday 17th September 12pm
Rm 4035, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Kensington Campus

Professor Edward G. Goetz (University of Minnesota)- Race and the transformation of public housing in the U.S.
Wednesday 1st October 12pm
Rm 4035, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW Kensington Campus

Books, Referred Journal Articles, AHURI Reports and other Q2 2014

Easthope, H. (2014) ‘The Role of Retirees in Residential ‘Private Governments’, Journal of Urban Affairs, DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12138
Hulse, K., Pawson, H., Reynolds, M. & Herath, S. (2014) Disadvantaged Places in Urban Australia: Analysing Socio-economic Diversity and Housing Market Performance; Final Report no. 225; Melbourne: AHURI
Kent, J.L. & Thompson, SM (2014) ‘The Three Domains of Urban Planning for Health and Well-Being’Journal of Planning Literature, 29(3): 239-256.
Legacy, C., Pinnegar, S., Tice, A., & Wiesel, I. (2014). Beyond the Boundaries of Strategic Interest. In W. Steele, T. Alizadeh, L. Eslami-Andargoli & S. Serrao-Neumann (Eds.), Planning Across Borders in a Climate of Change (pp. 232) London: Routledge
Pawson, H., Milligan, V., Phibbs, P., & Rowley, S. (2014) Assessing Management Costs and Tenant Outcomes in Social Housing: Developing a Framework; Positioning Paper no. 160; Melbourne: AHURI
Thompson, S.M. & Kent, J.L. (2014) ‘Healthy Built Environments Supporting Everyday Occupations: Current Thinking in Urban Planning’Journal of Occupational Science, 21:1: 25-41.
van den Nouwelant, R., Davison, G., Pinnegar, S., Randolph, B., & Gurran, N. (2014). Delivering affordable housing through the planning system in urban renewal contexts: converging government roles in Queensland, South Australia and New South WalesAustralian Planner.
Wiesel, I., & Bigby, C. (2014). Being recognised and becoming known: encounters between people with and without intellectual disability in the public realmEnvironment and Planning A. 46, 1754–1769
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