March 2017
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Duncan Maclennan joins CFRC

CFRC is proud to welcome Professor Duncan Maclennan as its most recent recruit, joining the Centre as a Visiting Professorial Fellow. An internationally renowned urban economist, Duncan has had a stellar career spanning both academia and government. This has included a spell as Chief Economist in the Government of Victoria, as well as periodic involvement in AHURI research projects though his former visiting position with RMIT, Melbourne.  Based currently – and for most of his academic career – at the University of Glasgow, Duncan’s policymaking experience also includes service as special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland, and as Chief Economist in Canada’s Federal Department for Infrastructure and Cities.
As well as inputting to UNSW’s Master of Urban Policy and Strategy program, Duncan’s March 2017 Sydney visit also includes a leading role in a CFRC project to investigate the economic rationale for affordable housing. The study, commissioned by the Greater Sydney Commission and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations, is due for completion in mid-2017.  

Rising star rises again

Three years after becoming Built Environment’s first ever Future Fellowship recipient, and one of two Rising Stars in the Faculty, City Futures’ Senior Research Fellow Dr Hazel Easthope is now being recognised as one of UNSW’s inaugural assembly of 21 Scientia Fellows. The UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program was set up by our Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs in 2017 to attract and retain researchers of the highest calibre at UNSW. This new prestigious fellowship will allow Hazel to continue her internationally recognised research into multi-unit apartment buildings and the meanings of home in the coming years, both in Australia and abroad, through collaborations with other researchers and industry. Please join us in congratulating Hazel on another great achievement!

Visualising land value scenarios through the RAISE toolkit 

The Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE) is a UNSW project undertaken in partnership with Land and Property Information NSW and Queensland University of Technology. Led by CFRC’s Professor Chris Pettit, it aims to build, a toolkit involving cloud-based mapping technology to visualise property-level land values under different development scenarios. ​ 

The toolkit’s functionality was recently evaluated through a usability workshop co-led by QUT colleagues. Participants included valuers from LPI NSW, as well as NSW Valuer-General, Simon Gilkes. The toolkit’s next iteration will explore visualisation solutions for value uplift scenarios.  The econometric model underpinning its automated land valuation function is also being updated to reflect a larger Western Sydney study area including the LGAs Parramatta, Blacktown, The Hills Shire, and Penrith.

Planning degree enrolment success

Congratulations to UNSW Planning Program colleagues who scored an extraordinary 115% increase in undergraduate enrolments in 2017. In part, this probably reflects well-justified expectations about career prospects in an expanding city where it’s increasingly obvious that managing urban growth will pose major challenges for decades to come. But Program Director, CFRC’s Dr Simon Pinnegar and his entire team can also take major credit for this achievement. Later in 2017, his Program Director stint completed, Simon will be resuming a fuller CFRC role.

Homelessness Monitor project shortlisted for Guardian award

The UK Homelessness Monitor project, to which CFRC’s Professor Hal Pawson contributes, was recently shortlisted for the Guardian’s annual research impact award. Originally commissioned as a five-year study (2011-2015), the project has recently been extended to 2020.  
Funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Monitor provides an independent analysis of the homelessness impact of ongoing economic and policy developments in the UK. Award shortlisting partly reflects the Monitor’s widespread citation in local authority homelessness strategies, in the UK Parliament and UK’s devolved assemblies. In 2017, Professor Pawson and UNSW colleagues are initiating an Australian version of the monitor.

Healthy planning starts here!

CFRC’s City Wellbeing Program is a member of the NSW Healthy Planning Expert Working Group (HPEWG) – a coalition of government, industry and NGO stakeholders passionate about the critical role that the built environment plays in supporting health and wellbeing. The HPEWG was first formally identified in the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy after we successfully advocated to include a health objective in the Planning Bill 2013, which, as many of you know, was never enacted.  ​ Earlier this year, extensive updates to the Planning Legislation were put on exhibition, but to the surprise and dismay of the HPEWG, the health objective had disappeared!  Given that its inclusion in the 2013 Bill was never questioned, we have again been working hard to see it back there through group and individual submissions on the proposed legislative revisions.  The HPEWG has also been engaged in responding to the draft District Plans issued by the Greater Sydney Commission.  In the lead-up, City Wellbeing participated in consultations on the Social Panel Advisory Paper to the GSC which articulates a strong set of principles for healthy living and urban design.  The research evidence is irrefutable – health and wellbeing must be a foundational principle of planning legislation! 

The Centre welcomes one new member to the team

Dr Ori Gudes is an early career post doctorate (four years) who has been a full-time researcher for the past 9 years in both Griffith and Curtin University. He is an urban planner with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, and spatial science.
His areas of research focused on: GIS and Health, spatial analysis, decision support system and GIS, and web-based GIS tool and evaluating its usability. 

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CFRC books, refereed journal articles, AHURI reports and other publications - Q1 2017

Badland, H., Foster, S., Bentley, R., Higgs, C., Roberts, R., Pettit, C., & Giles-Corti, B. (2017). Examining associations between area-level spatial measures of housing with selected health and wellbeing behaviours and outcomes in an urban context. Health & Place, 43, 17-24.

Bishop, I. D., Eagleson, S., Pettit, C. J., Rajabifard, A., Badland, H., Day, J. E., White, M. (2017). Using an Online Data Portal and Prototype Analysis Tools in an Investigation of Spatial Livability Planning. International Journal of E-Planning Research, 6(2), 1-21.

Bunker, R., Crommelin, L., Troy, L., Easthope, H., Pinnegar, S., & Randolph, B. (2017). Managing the transition to a more compact city in Australia. International Planning Studies. Online first publication 1-16.

Burnley, I. (2016). Demographic Characteristics of Multigenerational Households in Australia, with Special Reference to Metropolitan Sydney and Brisbane. In E. Y. Liu, & H. Easthope (Eds.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia (pp. 14-37). London: Routledge.

Fitzpatrick, S., Pawson, H., Bramley, G., Wilcox, S. & Watts, B. (2017) The Homelessness Monitor, England 2017; London: CRISIS

Karim, SM. Thompson, SM. Williams, P. (2016) ‘Co-benefits of low carbon policies in built environment: An investigation into the adoption of co-benefits by Australian local government’,
International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016

Kent, J, Harris, P, Sainsbury, P, Baum, F, McCue, P & Thompson, S, 2017, ‘Influencing urban planning policy: an exploration from the perspective of public health’, Urban Policy and Research, Published online: 22 Mar 2017: 1-15

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

Martin C, 2016, 'One strike, three strikes: crime and anti-social behaviour in NSW public housing'Alternative Law Journal, vol. 41

Pawson, H., & Herath, S. (2017). Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia. Urban Policy and Research. Online first publication 1-18.

Pawson, H., Hulse, K. & Morris, A. (2017) Interpreting the rise of long-term private renting in a liberal welfare regime context; Housing Studies. Online first publication 1-23

Pawson, H., Martin, C., Flanagan, K. and Phillips, R. (2016) Recent housing transfer experience in Australia: implications for affordable housing industry development, AHURI Final Report no 273; Melbourne: AHURI

Thompson, SM (2016) ‘Animal Attraction’ in Hoyne, The Place Economy, Hoyne Architects, Australia,, PP: 8-11.

Perez, P., Banos, A., & Pettit, C. (2017). Agent-based modelling for urban planning current limitations and future trends. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Vol. 10051 LNAI (pp. 60-69).

Thompson, SM & Taylor, MAP (2017) ‘Active Transport: Policy directions for creating built environments that support health and wellbeing’, in Dia, H (Ed) Low Carbon Mobility for Future Cities: Principles and applications, Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK: 185 –212.

Troy, L. (2017). The politics of urban renewal in Sydney’s residential apartment market. Urban Studies. Online first publication 1-17

Zainol, R., & Pettit, C. J. (2016)  Elderly and community health care facilities: A spatial analysis; Planning Malaysia Journal 14(5), 49-64.

Zarpelon Leao, S., & Pettit, C. (2017). Mapping Bicycling Patterns with an Agent-Based Model, Census and Crowdsourced Data. In Agent Based Modelling of Urban Systems First International Workshop, ABMUS 2016, Held in Conjunction with AAMAS, Singapore, Singapore, May 10, 2016, Revised, Selected, and Invited Papers (pp. 112-128). Switzerland: Springer.
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