Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Nicola Pullan

Just a Roof Over Their Heads: Temporary Dwellings on Sydney's Urban Fringe 1945 to 1960

Under the supervision of Professor Robert Freestone and Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar, Nicola Pullan’s research explores the construction, occupation and financing of temporary dwellings in suburban Sydney following World War II. 

Her thesis, ‘Just a Roof Over Their Heads: Temporary Dwellings on Sydney's Urban Fringe 1945 to 1960’, is a historical investigation that proposes that these dwellings played previously overlooked roles in supplying essential shelter and facilitating access to home-ownership during the post-war period. This research will bring new evidence to understanding an unprecedented increase and subsequent decrease in home-ownership in Australia.