Professor Bill Randolph

Director, City Futures Research Centre
Faculty Leadership, Research Centre Staff, City Futures Research Centre
In my role as the Director of the City Futures Research Centre, I help plan strategy as well as undertake original research on housing and planning policy in the academic, commercial, community and government sectors.
As a researcher of 40 years standing, I’ve always been motivated by issues around equity, social justice and undertaking practical research in the public interest. This aligns perfectly with the Centre’s key mission: to contribute to the academic debate on urban challenges while building the evidence base for policy change. In supporting UNSW Built Environment’s research aims we have been very successful; our work has fed into legislative change in NSW and major policy development at the Federal level.
A passion of mine, and a focus of the Centre, is equipping the next generation of researchers to face the urban challenges of tomorrow by providing opportunities for Early Career Researchers and supervision of PhD students in the fields of housing, urban renewal, city data and analytics, urban wellbeing, and metropolitan planning policy issues.
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Bill Randolph joined the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales in August 2004 as Professor and Director of the City Futures Research Centre. He served as Associate Dean Research between 2009 - 2013. At City Futures he leads a research team specializing in housing policy, housing markets and affordability, urban renewal, city data and analytics, urban wellbeing and metropolitan planning policy issues. Bill has 40 years experience as a researcher on housing and urban policy issues in the academic, government, non-government and private sectors. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


In the Media


Bill is a member of European Housing Research Network, Housing Studies Association (UK), Australian Planning Institute and the Australian Institute of Housing.



Hannigan JA; Greg R, 2017, The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies, SAGE Publications Ltd,

Davison G; Gurran N; Pinnegar S; Randolph WG; Van Den Nouwelant R, 2012, Affordable housing, urban renewal and planning: emerging practice in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales, 195, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne

Hamnett C; Randolph B, 1988, Cities, Housing and Profits Flat Break-up and the Decline of Private Renting, Taylor & Francis

Book Chapters

Randolph B, 2020, 'Dimensions of urban segregation at the end of the Australian dream', in Handbook of Urban Segregation, pp. 76 - 100

Pettit C; Wentz E; Randolph B; Sanderson D; Kelly F; Reades J, 2019, 'Tackling the Challenge of Growing Cities: An Informed Urbanisation Approach', in Hawken S; Han C; Pettit C (ed.), Open Cities and Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore,

Crommelin LM; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H, 2018, 'Everybody needs good neighbours, especially in strata: are new Australian laws enabling forced sales of strata properties justified?', in Compulsory Property Acquisition for Urban Densification, pp. 148 - 165,

Easthope H; Randolph B, 2018, 'Collective responsibility in strata apartments', in Altmann E; Gabriel M (ed.), Multi-owned property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 177 - 196,

Easthope H; Randolph B, 2018, 'Experiencing density: the implications of strata titling for urban renewal in Australia', in Ruming K (ed.), Urban Regeneration in Australia, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 94 - 108,

Freestone R; Randolph B; Pinnegar S, 2018, 'Suburbanization in Australia', in Hanlon B; Vincino TJ (ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs, Routledge,

Randolph B; Eslami Afrooz A; Pettit C, 2018, 'Residential Intensification and Housing Demand: A Case Study of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, edn. 1st, Routledge, London, pp. 12 - 35,

Lieske SN; van den Nouwelant RM; Han H; Pettit C, 2018, 'Modelling Value Uplift on Future Transport Infrastructure', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 80 - 98,

Freestone R; Randolph B; Wheeler A, 2017, 'Defining and refining the research agenda for Australian cities', in Short JR (ed.), A Research Agenda for Cities, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 249 - 265,

Pettit C; Tice A; Randolph B, 2017, 'Using an Online Spatial Analytics Workbench for Understanding Housing Affordability in Sydney', in Thakuriah P; Tilahun N; Zellner M (ed.), SEEING CITIES THROUGH BIG DATA: RESEARCH, METHODS AND APPLICATIONS IN URBAN INFORMATICS, SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, pp. 233 - 255,

Randolph B, 2017, 'Emerging geographies of suburban disadvantage', in Hannigan J; Richards G (ed.), The Handbook of New Urban Studies, Sage, Thousand Oaks, pp. 159 - 178

Bunker R; Freestone R; Randolph B, 2017, 'Sydney: Growth, Globalization and Governance', in Hamnett S; Freestone R (ed.), Planning Metropolitan Australia, Routledge, London, pp. 26 - 50

Pettit CJ; Tice A; Randolph B, 2016, 'Using an Online Spatial Analytics Workbench for Understanding Housing Affordability in Sydney', in Thakuriah P; Tilahun N; Zellner M (ed.), Seeing Cities Through Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, edn. Springer Geography, Springer International Publishing, pp. 233 - 255,

Randolph B; Easthope H, 2014, 'The Rise of Micro-government: Strata Title, Reluctant Democrats and the New Urban Vertical Polity', in Gleeson B; Beza B (ed.), The Public City: Essays in Honour of Paul Mees, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria, pp. 210 - 224,

Hamnett C; Randolph B, 2013, 'Tenurial transformation and the flat break-up market in London: the British condo experience', in Gentrification of the City, pp. 121 - 152,

Randolph B; Kam M; Graham P, 2012, 'Who can afford sustainable housing?', in Steering Sustainability in an Urbanising World: Policy, Practice and Performance, pp. 203 - 214

Randolph WG; Troy P, 2011, 'Factors in Energy and Water Consumption.', in Newton PW (ed.), Urban Consumption, edn. Original, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, pp. 215 - 236

Pinnegar S; Freestone R; Randolph WG, 2010, 'Suburban reinvestment through ‘knockdown rebuild’ in Sydney', in Clapson M; Hutchison R (ed.), Suburbanisation in Global Society; Research In Urban Sociology, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, pp. 205 - 229,

Milligan V; Randolph B, 2009, 'Australia', in Management of Privatised Housing: International Policies & Practice, pp. 19 - 43,

Randolph WG; Kenworthy J; Gleeson B; Smith I, 2009, 'Urban Panning and Transport', in Change and the urban environment: managing our urban areas in a Changing Climate, edn. Original, Australian Acadamy of Technicological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne

Randolph WG; Judd BH, 2008, 'Quality or Quantity? The role of qualitative research in evaluating urban renewal programs', in Maginn P; Thompson S; Tonts M (ed.), Qualitative Urban Analysis: An International Perspective, edn. SUPPL.: COMPLETE, Emerald Press, UK, pp. 79 - 104,

Kubler D; Randolph WG, 2007, 'Metropolitan Governance in Australia – The Sydney Experience', in Hambleton R; Goss J (ed.), Governing Cities in a Global Era, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 139 - 150,

Randolph WG; Kam M; Graham PM, 2007, 'Who can afford sustainable Housing?', in Nelson A (ed.), Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World, Gower House, Hampshire UK, pp. 203 - 214

Randolph WG; Kubler D, 2007, 'Metropolitan Governance in Australia', in Global Cities in a Global Era: Urban Innovation, Competition and Democratic Reform, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, pp. 139 - 150

Freestone R; Randolph WG; Butler-Bowdon CR, 2006, 'Introduction', in Talking About Sydney: Population, community and culture in contemporary Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, pp. 125,

Edited Books

Hawken S; Han H; Pettit C, (eds.), 2020, Open Cities | Open Data: collaborative cities in the information era, Palgrave Macmillan Springer, Singapore,

Freestone R; Randolph WG; Butler-Bowdon CR, (eds.), 2006, Talking About Sydney: Population, community and culture in contemporary Sydney, Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

Journal articles

Crommelin L; Easthope H; Troy L; Randolph B, 2020, 'A new pathway to displacement? The implications of less-than-unanimous strata renewal laws for vulnerable residents', AUSTRALIAN PLANNER,

Pinnegar S; Randolph B; Troy L, 2020, 'Decoupling Growth from Growth-dependent Planning Paradigms: Contesting Prevailing Urban Renewal Futures in Sydney, Australia', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 38, pp. 321 - 337,

Easthope H; Crommelin L; Troy L; Davison G; Nethercote M; Foster S; van den Nouwelant R; Kleeman A; Randolph B; Horne R, 2020, 'Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods', AHURI Final Report,

Troy L; Randolph B; Pinnegar S; Crommelin L; Easthope H, 2020, 'Vertical Sprawl in the Australian City: Sydney’s High-rise Residential Development Boom', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 38, pp. 18 - 36,

Thompson S; Paine G; Judd B; Randolph B, 2019, 'Towards a nuanced understanding of health-supportive place using composite research methods', Geographical Research, vol. 57, pp. 24 - 39,

Zarpelon Leao S; Troy L; Lieske S; Randolph B; Pettit C, 2018, 'A GIS based planning support system for assessing financial feasibility of urban redevelopment', GeoJournal, vol. 83, pp. 1373 - 1392,

Paine G; Thompson S; Judd ; Randolph B, 2018, 'Learning from lived experience for the improvement of health-supportive built environment practice', Cites and Health,

2017, 'Planning Metropolitan Australia', ,

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, vol. 22, pp. 384 - 399,

Crommelin LM; Bunker R; Troy L; Randolph B; Easthope H; Pinnegar S, 2017, 'As compact city planning rolls on, a look back: lessons from Sydney and Perth', Australian Planner, vol. 54, pp. 115 - 125,

Randolph B; Tice A, 2017, 'Relocating Disadvantage in Five Australian Cities: Socio-spatial Polarisation under Neo-liberalism', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 35, pp. 103 - 121,

Troy L; Easthope H; Randolph B; Pinnegar S, 2017, '‘It depends what you mean by the term rights’: strata termination and housing rights', Housing Studies, vol. 32, pp. 1 - 16,

Easthope H; Randolph B, 2016, 'Principal–agent problems in multi-unit developments: The impact of developer actions on the on-going management of strata titled properties', Environment and Planning A, vol. 48, pp. 1829 - 1847,

Van Den Nouwelant R; Crommelin L; Herath S; Randolph B, 2016, 'Housing affordability, central city economic productivity and the lower income labour market', AHURI Final Report, pp. 1 - 173

Pinnegar S; Randolph B; Freestone R, 2015, 'Incremental urbanism: Characteristics and implications of residential renewal through owner-driven demolition and rebuilding', Town Planning Review, vol. 86, pp. 279 - 301,

van den Nouwelant R; Davison G; Gurran N; Pinnegar S; Randolph B, 2014, 'Delivering affordable housing through the planning system in urban renewal contexts: converging government roles in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales', Australian Planner, vol. 52, pp. 1 - 13,

Randolph B; Tice A, 2014, 'Suburbanizing Disadvantage in Australian Cities: Sociospatial change in an era of neoliberalism', Journal of Urban Affairs, vol. 36, pp. 384 - 399,

Randolph B, 2013, 'Wither Urban Research? Yes, You Read it Right First Time!', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 31, pp. 130 - 133,

Randolph B; Tice A, 2013, 'Who lives in higher density housing? A study of spatially discontinuous housing sub-markets in Sydney and Melbourne', Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, vol. 50, pp. 2661 - 2681,

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