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September 2016
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Vivienne Milligan honoured by NSW community housing sector

Congratulations to CFRC A/Prof Vivienne Milligan, honoured with the Nazha Saad Women’s High Achievement in Housing award at the July 2016 NSW Affordable Housing Conference. Named after the highly-respected former CEO of St George Community Housing (SGCH), the prize recognises Vivienne’s career-long contribution to housing in the guise of policymaker, academic and advocate. In a commentary to the award, Vivienne was celebrated as ‘…the most outstanding leader in the development of better housing policy and practice not only in NSW, but across Australia’. As commented by the judging panel, Vivienne and fellow-winner Karen Andrews ‘[have been] exemplary role models and have made a strong and lasting impact for other women in the sector’.
 

Tender success: Australian Homelessness Monitor project kicks off in 2017

In collaboration with UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and the University of Queensland, CFRC has been commissioned to produce an Australian Homelessness Monitor report. Drawing on the 2016 Census and many other data sources, this will analyse and map the changing incidence of homelessness across Australia. It will also review recent policy developments with a bearing on homelessness in Australia – both initiatives aimed at tackling the problem and social security reforms or other measures which risk making it worse. To be led by Professor Hal Pawson, the project is commissioned by Launch Housing, a major Melbourne-based homelessness services provider. The project is inspired by the influential UK Homelessness Monitor of which Prof Pawson remains a co-author. The Australian project is due publish by the end of 2017.

Hazel international high rise travel diary

Dr Hazel Easthope has returned from an international study tour to learn about international condominium (strata title) systems and how these are experienced by the people who live in them. During the trip she presented at two high profile events. In London she was invited by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership to speak to a diverse audience at the House of Commons about the rapid growth of strata title developments in Australia and to comment on the relative failure of the UK’s commonhold system in place of leasehold. In Johannesburg she was invited by the Community Schemes Ombud Service to provide a keynote address on the common governance and management challenges experienced in strata schemes in Australia and their similarities with the South African context with an audience of government and peak body representatives and property owners. Returning to Sydney with a wealth of knowledge she reflects that it was eye opening to see how many issues are similar internationally.

Mapping the geography of urban cycling

Working with Bicycle Network, CFRC hosted the 2016 Bike Futures conference at UNSW on 7 September. Professor Chris Pettit’s keynote address ‘Mapping cycle journeys through Australian Cities’ discussed the Centre’s work on mapping Riderlog cycle journey data. This comes from a smartphone app used to create a suite of interactive city movement indicators as displayed on CFRC’s CityViz Application. Use of Riderlog for this purpose has also been detailed in a recently presented Smart Cities conference paper.  One notable finding of the Sydney Riderlog analysis is that female cyclist journeys account for less than 15% of all journeys. Latterly, City Futures has been awarded Australian National Data Services (ANDS) funding to extend this work across all Australia’s major cities.

Master of Urban Renewal and Housing – now enrolling for 2017

UNSW’s new Masters degree in Urban Renewal and Housing (URH) is now recruiting for 2017. Hosted by City Futures, URH is the first Masters degree in Australia to feature either urban renewal or housing as a main focus. Central components include ‘Housing Policy and Finance’, ‘Urban Renewal’ and ‘Implementing Urban Regeneration Projects’. URH is tailored to benefit mid-career professionals working in Government, consultancy and not-for-profit organisations – and studying on a part-time basis. Making the program easier to fit alongside work commitments, all core courses are taught in ‘intensive mode’ with classes run in 2-day Friday/Saturday blocks. Versions of the full URH Masters program are also available as more ‘bite sized’ Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma options.

NSW Healthy Urban Development Checklist Project

Led by Professor Susan Thompson, City Wellbeing joins AECOM on a NSW Ministry of Health funded project to revise the Healthy Urban Development Checklist. This provides guidance for health professionals responding to planning proposals on how well they support healthy community outcomes. Our review of the scholarly and practice evidence will ensure that the revised Checklist contains the most relevant and up-to-date healthy built environment criteria.  In contributing to the study, City Wellbeing is drawing on earlier work in compiling the HBEP Literature Review; accompanying Fact Sheets and most recently, The HBE Indicators.

CFRC Advisory Panel convened

5th of September saw the inaugural meeting of CFRC’s new Advisory Panel. Chaired by Greater Sydney Commission Deputy CEO and CFRC Adjunct Professor, Geoff Roberts (pictured), the Panel brings together a constellation of esteemed senior urban planning policymakers and practitioners who will help guide the Centre’s activities over the coming years.
Joining the Panel in their personal capacity are:  Kate Carruthers (UNSW Chief Data Officer); Anna Chubb (Office of the NSW Minister for Planning); Michael Comninos (Infrastructure and Analytics, Greater Sydney Commission); Steve Driscoll (UrbanGrowth NSW); Alison Holloway (SGS Economics and Planning); Richard McLachlan (Frasers Property Australia); Kerry Robinson (Blacktown City Council); A/Prof Peter Sainsbury (Sydney SW Area Health Service); Alice Thompson (Office of the Prime Minister); and Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes (Tzannes Associates).

Transferring knowledge internationally

CFRC’s Hal Pawson, Vivienne Milligan and Chris Martin are contributing to Shaping Housing Futures, an international knowledge transfer initiative led by Glasgow University. Also involving the University of Toronto and a range of housing provider and peak body organisations in Australia, the UK and Canada, the SHF collaboration picks up from the earlier New Times, New Businesses collaboration which focused more specifically on not-for-profit housing sector developments. The current initiative aims to identify and analyse housing policy concerns across the three countries and to pool thinking on both common and country-specific solutions. At the forum’s initial round table meeting in Glasgow in June Hal Pawson presented papers on Australia’s housing system and recent housing market developments, and on business diversification for not-for-profit housing providers across the three countries. The collaboration is intended to lead to a book publication in 2017.

City Analytics team welcomes new staff 

The Centre welcomes two new members to the team, both within the City Analytics Program. 
Jonathan Doig is working on establishing an Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure involving geospatial data services and semantic web techniques. He has nearly thirty years' experience with geospatial information systems, web services and data management in government and private firms in Australia and the UK, with a focus on environmental data publishing and reporting.
Aida Afrooz is a BE PhD graduate with more than five years of work experience in local government and private sectors in Australia and overseas. Her research interest covers a range of urban data analytics and visualisation, urban design, way-finding design as well as eye tracking research experiments. 

City Futures Blog now accepting subscribers

You can now subscribe to the blog – you’ll be automatically notified of new posts via email. Posts uploaded in Q3 2016

CFRC books, refereed journal articles, AHURI reports and other publications - Q3 2016

Crommelin, L. (2016). Examining Place-making in Practice: Observations from the Revitalization of Downtown Detroit. In R. Freestone, & E. Y. Liu (Eds.), Place and Placelessness Revisited. New York: Routledge.
Easthope, H., & Randolph, B. (2016). Principal-agent problems in multi-unit developments: The impact of developer actions on the on-going management of strata titled properties. Environment and Planning A, 48(9), 1829-1847.
Freestone, R., & Liu, E.(eds) (2016). Place and Placelessness Revisited (First ed.). New York: Routledge.
Freestone, R., & Wiesel, I. (2016). Place-making in the Rise of the Airport City. In Place and Placelesness Revisited, New York: Routledge, pp. 168-185.
Judd, B., Liu, E., Mataraarachchi, S. (2016, June 28). Barriers to Low Carbon Living for Low-income Older Australians. In European Network for Housing Research. Belfast.
Liu, E. (2016). Placelessness and the Rigid Perception of Place Identities: Public Toilets as Multi-functional Places. In R. Freestone, & E. Y. Liu (Eds.), Place and Placelessness Revisited New York: Routledge, pp. 204-219.
Liu, E., & Freestone, R. (2016). Revisiting Place and Placelessness. In R. Freestone, & E. Liu (Eds.), Place and Placelessness Revisited. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-19.
Liu, E., Judd, B. (2016). It’s not easy being green, especially when affordable help is so hard to find. The Conversation.
Liu, E., Judd, B. (2016). Lower income barriers to low carbon living (RP 3038): Summary of focus group and survey findings. Sydney: Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.
Loschke, S., & Easthope, H. (2016). Rethinking Housing Solutions: Adaptive redesign approaches for ageing apartment buildings. In Future Housing: Global Cities and Regional Problems. Melbourne, Australia.
Milligan, V., Martin, C., Phillips, R., Liu, E. Y., Pawson, H., & Spinney, A. (2016). Profiling Australia's affordable housing industry. Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited.
Thompson, S., & Kent, J. (2016). Healthy Planning: The Australian Landscape. Built Environment, 42(1), 90-106.
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