Professor Bill Randolph

Professor, City Futures Research Centre
School 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 stepped down as Director at the end of 2020.  He served as Associate Dean Research between 2009 - 2013. At City Futures he undertakes research specializing in housing policy, housing markets and affordability, urban renewal and metropolitan planning policy issues. Bill has over 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, a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute.


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Bill is a member of Asia-Pacific Housing Research Network, Australian Planning Institute and the Australasian Institute of Housing.