Welcome from Professor Bill Randolph

Welcome to the first City Futures news update of 2012. Since our last edition, the Centre has expanded to incorporate a range of new staff and research agendas. In addition to our established areas of interest in urban policy, planning and housing, City Futures now includes Healthy Built Environments and Enabling Built Environments programs. For further Bill Randolph

information about these and other areas of City Futures expertise see our website. This quarterly newsletter highlights a range of current CF projects, forthcoming events and recent publications.

Researching Australia's poverty neighbourhoods

Slums and ghettos may be absent from Australia's cities but distinct concentrations of disadvantage can be found in almost every major conurbation and larger regional centre. City Futures has recently been commissioned by AHURI to lead what will be among the largest studies of Australia's poverty neighbourhoods

ever undertaken. This 3-year research award recognises the leading role played by City Futures in Australian urban studies and the potential for building on the substantial body of related work already undertaken by CF staff – in particular, on the suburbanisation of poverty and its increasing association with private rather than public rented housing. Read more...

A free seminar on the project is being staged by AHURI in Canberra on 14 March. Read more...

Other recent City Futures grant successes

Australian Research Council (ARC):

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI):

Forthcoming City Futures seminars

New recruits at City Futures

  • Hal Pawson, Professor Housing Research and Policy, joined City Futures in 2011 from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
  • Crystal
  • Dr Crystal Legacy (Research Associate) joined City Futures in 2011 having completed her doctorate at Melbourne University
  • Ryan van den Nouwelant has joined City Futures as a part time Senior Research Officer in 2011 from City of Sydney Council

Reforming the NSW planning system: public health implications

In July 2011 the State Government announced a full review of the NSW planning system. This is the most significant review since the introduction of the then innovative Environmental Planning and Assessment Act in 1979. Since that time, the system has become outdated, unduly complex and legalistic. In the CF Healthy Built Environments submission to the review we highlight the critical role of landuse planning for public health. We argue that the protection and promotion of health and well-being must be a fundamental objective of a contempo-rary planning system, and we propose

that the likely impact of development on the health and well-being of the community must be a consideration of any determination of a development application. Read more...

City Futures Publications: Books, Refereed Journal Articles and AHURI Reports, 2011-12

Bridge, C., Davy, L., Judd, B., Flatau, P., Morris, A. & Phibbs, P. (2011) Age-specific housing and care for low to moderate income older people ; AHURI Final Report No 174
Bigby, C. & Wiesel, I. (2011) Encounter as a dimension of social inclusion for people with intellectual disability; Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 36 (4), 1-15
Davison, G. (2011) An Unlikely Urban Symbiosis: Urban intensification and Neighbourhood Character in Collingwood, Vancouver; Urban Policy and Research, 29 (2), 105-124
Easthope, H. & Tice, A. (2011) Children in apartments: Implications for the compact city; Urban Policy and Research; 29 (4), 415-434
Hulse, K., Milligan, V. & Easthope, H. (2011) Secure Occupancy: Conceptual Foundations and Comparative Perspectives; AHURI Final Report No 170
Liu, E. & Easthope, H. (2012) Multi-generation Households in Australian Cities (essay); AHURI Final Report No 181
Milligan, V., Phillips, R., Easthope, H., Liu, E. & Memmott, P. (2011) Urban Social Housing for Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders: Respecting Culture and Adapting Services; AHURI Final Report No 172
Pawson, H. & Sosenko, F. (2012) Tenant satisfaction assesment in social housing: how reliable? how meaningful?; International Journal of Consumer Studies, 36, 70–79
Pawson, H. & Wilcox, S. (2012) UK Housing Review 2011/12; Coventry UK: Chartered Institute of Housing
Phibbs, P. & Thompson, S.M. (2011) The Health Impacts of Housing: Towards a Policy Relevant Research Agenda; AHURI Final Report No 173
Pinnegar, S., Wiesel, I., Liu, E., Gilmour, T., Loosemore, M. & Judd, B. (2011) Partnerships Working in the Design and Delivery of Housing Policy and Programs; AHURI Final Report No 163
Riazi A, Dain S., Boon M.Y. & Bridge C. (2011) Innovative strategies for adaptation to vision loss (Clinical Communication); Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 94 (2), 98-102
Ruming, K., Gurran N. & Randolph, B. (2011) Housing affordability and development contributions; Urban Policy and Research, 29(3), 257-274
Travers, M., Gilmour, T., Gilmour, T., Milligan, V. & Phillips. R. (2011) Stakeholder Views of the Regulation of Affordable Housing Providers in Australia AHURI Final Report No 161
Wiesel, I. (2011) Allocating homes for people with intellectual disability: Needs, mix and choice; Social Policy and Administration, 45 (3), 280-298
Wiesel, I. (2011) Can ageing improve neighbourhoods? Revisiting neighbourhood life-cycle theory; Housing, Theory and Society, 29 (1), 1-12

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