People

Dr Edgar Liu

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Research Centre Staff, City Futures Research Centre, People and Place
  • 2009 - PhD (Geography), UNSW
  • 2001 - B Sc (Applied Economic Geography) Hons I, UNSW

The key aim of my research is to provide evidence-based recommendations to governments that influence policy-making and improve peoples’ lives. One of my strongest focus areas is tenant outcomes in public housing redevelopment, but I am also interested in peoples’ lived experience of energy poverty, and how different kinds of policies impact vulnerable households.

My research is important because it has a very human face and because it advocates for people who are often voiceless. Through direct interviews, I can build a comprehensive picture of how certain policies impact people in their day-to-day lives and are likely to impact their lives into the future.

I approach my work with a strong social justice angle with the aim of making the system fairer and more equal. I worked in the not-for-profit sector before coming to academia, so I understand deeply how policies can either improve or have detrimental impacts on households.

 

Room: 
3047
Building: 
Red Centre West Wing
Fax: 
+61 2 9385 5935
Bio: 

Edgar is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Built Environment's City Futures Research Centre. He joined the Centre in April 2009 soon after completing his PhD in cultural geography (also at the University of New South Wales). His research primarily focuses on assessing the effectiveness of public housing estate regeneration in Australia; service integration and Indigenous housing; affordable housing; housing choice decision-making; and concepts of community and place.

Awards: 
  • Research Excellence Award 2017 – Level B – Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wale
  • 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence – Commendation in Cutting edge research and teaching (with Robert Freestone) – Planning Institute Australia (NSW chapter)
  • Built Environment Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Level A) 2013 – Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales

 

Engagement: 

    In the media

    2019

    2018

    2017

    2016

    2015

    2014

    2013

    2012

    2011

    • 15 June: Building as a family bloc: Multi-generational living thrive as prices go through the roof, Courier-Mail, Michelle Hele

     

    Memberships

    Ageing & Society [2018-20, International Editorial Advisor]

    Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) [2014-15, Secretary]

    Review committees:

     

    Peer review

    • Ageing & Society
    • Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
    • Atmosphere
    • Australian Geographer
    • Cities
    • Court of Conscience
    • Energy & Buildings
    • Geoforum
    • Geographical Research
    • Housing Studies
    • Housing, Theory and Society
    • Journal of Design and Built Environment
    • Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
    • Local Environment
    • Psychogeriatrics
    • The International Journal of Housing Policy
    • Women's Studies International Forum

     

    Invited panels (non-academic):

     

    Other invited presentations:

    • Easthope, H., Liu, E., Judd, B. and Burnley, I. (2014) “Feeling at home in a multigenerational household: The importance of control”, BE seminar, Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, 18 June 2014.

    • Judd, B. and Liu, E. (2016) “Feeling the heat of energy poverty: Income barriers to low carbon living”, CRC for Low Carbon Living 2016 Participants Annual Forum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 15-16 November 2016.

    • Liu, E. (2011) “Transitioning to post-study roles: What not to do”, Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference postgraduate symposium, Wollongong, New South Wales, 3 July 2011

    • Liu, E. (2017) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, Friends of the Earth Bill Busters campaign launch, The Settlement, Redfern, New South Wales, 11 March 2017.

    • Liu, E. (2017) “Trust and opportunities”, CRCLCL Roadshow Engaging community and facilitating change, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and Sydney Coastal Councils Group, Parramatta, New South Wales, 20 October 2017.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Ageing in multi-generational households”, New agency: Owning your future, Design Hub, RMIT University & Sibling Architecture, 31 August 2018.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Displacement without relocation: The impacts of council amalgamations on place attachment, sense of belonging and resident outcomes”, People and Place Research Cluster, Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, 23 May 2018.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Energy Efficiency Decision-Making in the NSW Social Housing Sector”, Energy Efficiency Decision Making Node Steering Committee meeting, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 3 December 2017.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Energy Efficiency Decision-Making in the NSW Social Housing Sector”, CRCLCL Affordable and Social Housing roadshow, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, UNSW Sydney, 11 December 2018.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Lifting the energy efficiency standards of low-cost rentals”, UNSW Climate Change Week: BE pecha kucha, 19 October.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Low-income households and the energy conundrum”, National Forum on Low Carbon Homes for Low Income Households, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, University of Wollongong, 8 August 2018.

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Policies & actions to address energy poverty”, Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference, UNSW Sydney, 7-8 November (invited panellist, session: Energy poverty in the Asia Pacific).

    • Liu, E. (2018) “Social mix and relocation strategies”, Waterloo Redevelopment Public Forum, Viliganti, Sydney, NSW, 3 October 2018.

    • Liu, E. (2019) “Ageing in multigenerational households”, 2019 UNSW Ageing Futures Institute Symposium, Sydney, 11 December 2019.

    • Liu, E. (2019) “Assessing people outcomes of public housing estate renewals: Two case studies from suburban Sydney, Australia”, collaborative workshop on urban renewal, Fukuoka, Kyushu University, 6-9 March 2019.

    • Liu, E. (2019) “Energy efficiency in lower income households: Opportunities and challenges”, Australia India Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Smart Energy Management, UNSW Sydney, 29 March 2019.

    • Liu, E. (2019) “More energy efficient affordable housing” [poster], Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future Research Showcase, UNSW Energy Institute, 11 November 2019.

    • Liu, E. (2019) “Multigenerational living as a housing option for the aged in Australia”, Sydney Design Festival (A Multi-Generational Future), Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, 4 March.

    • Liu, E. and Easthope, H. (2016) “Multigenerational family living: Evidence and policy implications from Australia”, People and Place Research Cluster, Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, 9 June 2016.

    • Liu, E. and Judd, B. (2016) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, UNSW Climate Change Week: BE pecha kucha, 14 October.

    • Liu, E. and Judd, B. (2017) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, Energy Consumers Australia Board Stakeholder Forum, Sydney, New South Wales, 23 August 2017. [VoxPop]

    • Liu, E. and Judd, B. (2017) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, The Salvation Army, Redfern, New South Wales, 23 August 2017.

    Publications:
    Books

    Davison GT; Legacy CM; Liu EY; Han H; Phibbs P; van den Nouwelant R; Darcy M; Piracha A, 2013, Understanding and addressing community opposition to affordable housing development, 211, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p71007

    Wiesel I; Easthope H; Liu EY; Judd BH; Hunter E, 2012, Pathways into and within social housing, 186, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/186

    Liu EY; Easthope H, 2012, Multi-generation households in Australian cities, 181, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70688

    Milligan V; Phillips R; Easthope H; Liu E; Memmot P, 2011, Urban social housing for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders: Respecting culture and adapting services, AHURI Final Report, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne

    Book Chapters

    Liu E; Judd B, 2020, 'Conclusion: Ageing in place in the Western Asia-Pacific', in Judd B; Tanoue K; Liu E (ed.), Ageing in Place: Design, Planning and Policy Response in the Western Asia-Pacific, Edward Elgar, pp. 195 - 196, https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/usd/ageing-in-place-9781788976084.html

    Liu E, 2020, 'Ageing in Multigenerational Households: The Case of Australia', in Judd B; Tanoue K; Liu E (ed.), Ageing in Place: Design, Planning and Policy Response in the Western Asia-Pacific, Edward Elgar, pp. 155 - 166, https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/usd/ageing-in-place-9781788976084.html

    Judd B; Liu E; Tanoue K, 2020, 'Introduction: Ageing and the built environment in the Western Asia-Pacific', in Judd B; Tanoue K; Liu E (ed.), Ageing in Place: Design, Planning and Policy Response in the Western Asia-Pacific, Edward Elgar, pp. 1 - 12, https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/usd/ageing-in-place-9781788976084.html

    Easthope H; Liu E; Ho C; Buckle C, 2019, 'Diversity in density: Encouraging participation in higher density living', in Bishop K; Marshall N (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st-Century City, Routledge, New York, pp. 79 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351211543

    Liu E, 2019, 'Intergenerational housing', in Gu D; Dupre M (ed.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Springer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_884-1

    Easthope H; Liu E; Ho C; Buckle C, 2019, 'Diversity in density: Encouraging participation in higher density living', in The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st-Century City, pp. 79 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351211543-10

    Liu EY; Easthope H, 2016, 'Living with the Family in Australian Cities', in Liu EY; Easthope H (ed.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia, Routledge, London, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315596266

    Easthope H; Liu EY, 2016, 'Recognising Multigenerational Households', in Liu EY; Easthope H (ed.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia, Routledge, London, pp. 178 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315596266

    Liu EY, 2016, 'Living with the Extended Family: Experiences and Outcomes of Living in Multigenerational Households', in Liu EY; Easthope H (ed.), Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia, edn. Routledge Advances in Sociology, Routledge, London, pp. 73 - 82, https://www.routledge.com/Multigenerational-Family-Living-Evidence-and-Policy-Implications-from/Liu-Easthope/p/book/9781472476692

    Liu E; Freestone R, 2016, 'Revisiting Place and Placelessness', in Freestone R; Liu E (ed.), Place and Placelessness Revisited, edn. Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design, Routledge, New York, pp. 1 - 19, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000441070700002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

    Liu EY, 2016, 'Placelessness and the Rigid Perception of Place Identities: Public Toilets as Multi-functional Places', in Freestone R; Liu EY (ed.), Place and Placelessness Revisited, edn. Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design, Routledge, New York, pp. 204 - 219, https://www.routledge.com/Place-and-Placelessness-Revisited/Freestone-Liu/p/book/9781138937116

    Liu E; Easthope H; Judd B; Burnley I, 2016, 'Housing multigenerational households in Australian cities: Evidence from Sydney and Brisbane at the turn of the 21st century', in Housing in 21st-Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies, pp. 21 - 38

    Liu EY; Easthope H; Judd B; Burnley I, 2015, 'Housing multigenerational households in Australian cities: Evidence from Sydney and Brisbane at the turn of the twenty-first century', in Dufty-Jones R; Rogers D (ed.), Housing in Twenty-First Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 21 - 37, http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472431134

    Dufty R; Liu EY, 2011, ''Picking blueberries and Indian women go hand in hand': The role of gender and ethnicity in the division of agricultural labour in Woolgoolga, New South Wales, Australia', in Pini B; Leach B (ed.), Reshaping gender and class in rural spaces, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 73 - 90, http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409402916

    Edited Books

    Liu EY; Easthope H, (ed.), 2016, Multigenerational Family Living: Evidence and Policy Implications from Australia, Routledge, London, https://www.routledge.com/Multigenerational-Family-Living-Evidence-and-Policy-Implications-from/Liu-Easthope/p/book/9781472476692

    Piggott JR; Kendig H; McDonald P, (eds.), 2016, Population Ageing and Australia’s Future, ANU Press, Canberra

    Freestone R; Liu E, (ed.), 2016, Place and Placelessness Revisited, First, Routledge, New York

    Journal articles

    Parkinson S; James A; Liu E, 2020, 'Luck and leaps of faith: How the digital informal economy transforms the geographies of shared renting in Australia', Social and Cultural Geography, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2020.1723134

    Liu E; Blunden H, 2019, 'Cultural diversity and sensitivity in public estate renewals: evidence from an Australian longitudinal study', Housing Studies, vol. 35, pp. 1004 - 1024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1644296

    Liu E; Judd B, 2019, 'Regional variations in the experiences of energy poverty across Australia', Energy and Buildings, vol. 196, pp. 293 - 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.05.023

    Liu EY; Easthope H; Ho C; Buckle C, 2018, 'Diversity and participation in private apartment buildings: a review of the literature', Geographical Research, vol. 56, pp. 401 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12282

    Liu EY, 2018, 'Book review: Hal Kendig , Peter McDonald and John Piggott (eds), Population Ageing and Australia's Future, ANU Press, Canberra, 2016, 317 pp., pbk Aus $50.00, ISBN 13: 978 176046 066 2.', Ageing and Society, vol. 38, pp. 647 - 649, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X1700143X

    Liu EY, 2017, 'Book review: The Australian dream: housing experiences of older Australians', Housing Studies, vol. 33, pp. 140 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1384159

    Liu EY; Judd B; Santamouris M, 2017, 'Challenges in transitioning to low carbon living for lower income households in Australia', Advances in Building Energy Research, vol. 13, pp. 49 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17512549.2017.1354780

    Easthope H; Liu EY; Burnley I; Judd B, 2017, 'Changing perceptions of family: A study of multigenerational households in Australia', Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, pp. 182 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783316635850

    Davison G; Han HH; Liu E, 2016, 'The impacts of affordable housing development on host neighbourhoods: Two Australian case studies', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 32, pp. 733 - 753, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10901-016-9538-x

    Davison G; Legacy C; Liu EY; Darcy M, 2016, 'The Factors Driving the Escalation of Community Opposition to Affordable Housing Development', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, pp. 386 - 400, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2015.1118377

    legacy C; davison G; Liu EY, 2016, 'Delivering Social Housing: Examining the Nexus between Social Housing and Democratic Planning', Housing, Theory and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2016.1145133

    Burnley I; Liu EY; Easthope H, 2015, 'Geographies of Adult Multigenerational Family Households in Metropolitan Sydney', Geographical Research, vol. 54, pp. 391 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12168

    Easthope H; Liu E; Judd B; Burnley I, 2015, 'Feeling at Home in a Multigenerational Household: The Importance of Control', Housing, Theory and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2015.1031275

    Milligan V; Easthope H; Liu EY; Green S; Phillips R; Memmott P, 2013, 'How is social housing best delivered to disadvantaged Indigenous people living in urban areas?', AHURI Research & Policy Bulletin, pp. 1 - 4, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/157

    Pinnegar S; Wiesel I; Liu EY; Gilmour T; Loosemore M; Judd BH, 2011, 'Partnership working in the design and delivery of housing policy and programs', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Positioning Paper Series, vol. 163, pp. 1 - 103, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/search.asp?ShowSearch=False&Search=Properties&Keywords=Liu&Search-Author=True&Sort=Search-Title&Direction=DESC#results

    Milligan V; Phillips R; Easthope H; Liu EY; Memmott P, 2011, 'Urban social housing for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders: respecting culture and adapting services', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Final Report Series, vol. 172, pp. 1 - 131, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70569

    Wiesel I; Easthope H; Liu EY, 2011, 'Pathways and choice in a diversifying social housing system', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Positioning Paper Series, vol. 137, pp. 1 - 60, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/70615_pp

    Conference Papers

    Liu E; Daly D, 2019, 'Energy efficiency in the Australian social housing sector: barriers along avenues of assistance', Perth, presented at 9th State of Australian Cities National Conference, Perth, 30 November 2019 - 05 December 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.25916/5eb34eb090d99

    Liu EY; Judd B, 2017, 'Tenure as barrier to low carbon living', in Tenure as barrier to low carbon living, State of Australian Cities National Conference, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities National Conference, Adelaide, 28 November 2017 - 30 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/5b2ddcc27590e

    Liu E; Judd B; Mataraarachchi S, 2016, 'Carbon reduction programs and lower income households in Australian cities', in Procedia Engineering, Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License, Sydney, pp. 1541 - 1550, presented at International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 17 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.316

    Judd B; Liu E; Easthope H; Bridge C, 2015, 'Retirement Village or the General Community? Downsizing Choices of Older Australians', in Burton P; Shearer H (ed.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2015: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Gold Coast, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, Gold Coast, 09 December 2015 - 11 December 2015, http://soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Judd..pdf

    Judd B; Liu EY; Easthope H; Bridge C, 2014, 'Downsizers and Other Movers: A Comparison of Housing Choices and Outcomes in Later Life', in Downsizers and Other Movers: A Comparison of Housing Choices and Outcomes in Later Life, European Network of Housing Researchers Conference, Edinburgh, presented at European Network of Housing Researchers Conference, Edinburgh, 02 July 2014 - 04 June 2014

    Judd B; Liu EY; Easthope H; Bridge C, 2014, 'Downsizers and Other Movers: The Housing Options, Choices and Dilemmas of Older Australians', in UD2014 (ed.), Universal Design 2014: Three Days of Creativity and Diversity, Lund, pp. 129 - 138, presented at International Conference on Universal Design, Lund, 16 June 2014 - 18 June 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-403-9-129

    Judd B; Liu E; Easthope H; Bridge C, 2014, 'Downsizing, Relocating or Staying Put? Housing options, choices and outcomes for older Australians', in Downsizing, Relocating or Staying Put? Housing options, choices and outcomes for older Australians, International Federation of Ageing Conference, Hyderabad, India, presented at International Federation of Ageing Conference, Hyderabad, India, 10 June 2014 - 13 June 2014

    Davison G; Legacy C; Liu EY; van den Nouwelant R; Piracha A, 2013, 'How and why does community opposition to affordable housing development escalate? “Unsupported development” in Parramatta, NSW', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Davison-Social.pdf

    Legacy C; Davison G; Liu EY; van den Nouwelant R; Piracha A, 2013, 'Democratic Infrastructure? Delivering affordable housing under Australia’s Social Housing Initiative', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/soac-conference-proceedings-and-powerpoint-presentations/

    Judd B; Liu EY; Easthope H; Bridge C, 2013, 'Understanding Downsizing in Later Life and its Implications for Housing and Urban Policy', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Judd-social.pdf

    Easthope H; Liu EY; Burnley I; Judd B, 2013, '“We're a family - it makes sense to live together”: Multigenerational households in Sydney and Brisbane', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, SOAC Research Network, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Edgar-Liu.pdf

    Liu EY, 2013, 'The wander years: Estate renewal, temporary relocation and place(less)ness in Bonnyrigg, NSW', in Ruming K; Randolph B; Gurran N (eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, 27 November 2013 - 29 November 2013, http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Liu-social.pdf

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