Associate Professor Hazel Easthope

Research Centre Staff, City Futures Research Centre, Research Cluster Staff, People and Place

PhD (sociology) University of Tasmania

BA (Hons 1) University of Sydney

I am interested in urban consolidation and the human implications of the development, management, governance and planning of apartment buildings and estates. Housing is often talked of in terms of supply, markets and profit, but housing is not just a numbers game, it is also about the lived experiences of residents.

My aim is to bring a human angle to urban consolidation so governments and developers, in Australia and internationally, can plan best-practice, evidence-based, high-density housing for growing urban populations.

Having built a good reputation in this space, I am regularly consulted by industry, government and peak body organisations around the world. My vision is that living in an apartment is not a second choice to a house, but equal or first choice because apartments are built and managed in ways that bring multiple benefits and an excellent quality of life to residents.

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Dr Hazel Easthope
Scientia Associate Professor, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Australia
PhD (University of Tasmania), BA(Hons) (University of Sydney)

Hazel Easthope is Scientia Associate Professor at the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She has qualifications in sociology and human geography and researches in the areas of urban studies and housing. She has a particular research interest in residential satisfaction and the intersections between mobility, identity and home. Much of her research focuses on the development, management, governance and planning implications of private apartment buildings and estates and the lived experiences of their residents. Her interests in this area span property title and ownership structures, estate governance and management, urban renewal and housing redevelopment, building retrofits and upgrades, and resident relationships.

She regularly consults with government, community and peak body stakeholders. This has led to invitations from a range of academic, industry and peak body organisations to present her research findings and provide policy advice.

Key words: Urban, housing, place, strata, apartments


Constructing Building Integrity: Raising standards through professionalism (ARC Linkage) 2020-2024

Reassembling the City: Understanding resident-led collective property sales (ARC Discovery) 2020-2023

Cracks in the Compact City: Defects in Strata (ARC Linkage) 2018-2020

Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods (AHURI) 2019-2020

Australasian Strata Insights (Strata Community Association) 2018, 2020, 2022

MyPlace Community Survey (City of Sydney) 2019-2020

Rebuilding the Housing Environment of an Ageing Urban Community (Kyushu University, Japan) 2019-2020


ARC Future fellowship 2013-2017

Planning Institute of Australia Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award 2014 & 2016

UNSW Rising Star Award 2016

Strata Community Association Presidents' Award 2012

Teaching & Supervision: 

PLAN1003 Urban Society, History & Theory

Australasian Editor and board member, Housing Studies journal

Anne Godfrey

Disclosure in Context: Information, energy efficiency and commercial office workspace tenure 


Hyungmo Yang 

Designing Better Apartments: Spatial layouts of units for families with children


Rana Shakaa

Spatializing Art: A tool and a strategy in place making


Susan Tracey

Women in Placemaking