People

Professor Hal Pawson

Urban Policy and Strategy, Research Centre Staff, City Futures Research Centre
My key interests are housing policy, homelessness and urban renewal. Much of my work involves analysing aspects of our current housing system that are underperforming in social, socio-economic or financial terms. The results of such problems, all too evident in contemporary Australia, include impaired urban productivity as well as rising homelessness, rental stress and broader inequality.
 
My approach draws on my early UK career in housing practice and benefits from a strong understanding of comparative approaches to housing problems in many countries. The studies I initiate analyse residential property market processes and evaluate government initiatives to address issues of concern such as Australia’s intensifying shortage of affordable housing. As well as yielding conceptual insights, my projects generate practical recommendations for policy and tax system reforms. Since joining UNSW in 2011 I have led numerous research initiatives including several major studies funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and by the Australian Research Council.
 
My research-informed post-graduate courses in Urban Renewal and Housing are popular electives with students from several UNSW Built Environment programs, especially City Planning and Architecture. 
Room: 
3023
Building: 
Red Centre Building
Phone: 
+61 2 93855078
Bio: 

Hal Pawson is Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. In this role he has led several major research projects funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and by the Australian Research Council (ARC). Hal’s key interests include private rental housing, social and affordable housing, and urban renewal. Before moving to Sydney, Hal worked at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1995-2011.

Teaching & Supervision: 

Program leader: Master of Urban Renewal and Housing

Course leader: Housing Policy and Finance; Housing Management and Markets; Urban Renewal

Engagement: 

In the Media

Pawson, H. (2015, August 6). Experts set to address Far North Coast housing issues. The Northern Star. Retrieved from http://thenorthernstar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Pawson, H. (2015, July 22). The Australians Who Prefer to Rent Not Buy. SMH/ Domain. Retrieved from http://www.domain.com.au/news/the-australians-who-prefer-to-rent-not-buy-20150721-gigib6/

Pawson, H. (2015, July 17). Australia’s Housing Debate. 2SER Radio. Retrieved from http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/16758-australia-s-housing-debate

Pawson, H. (2015, July 2). Could First Home Buyers be the new Drawcard for Developments? News.com.au. Retrieved from http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/could-first-home-buyers-be-the-new-drawcard-for-developments/story-fncq3era-1227425561021?sv=8745e9207586e0a47cb46849c4f93be9

Pawson, H. (2015, June 26). The geography of homelessness. Geographical Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.geographical.co.uk/places/cities/item/1132-the-geography-of-homelessness

Pawson, H. (2015, June 25). Victoria Considers Introducing 10 years Rental Leases. ABC Radio. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4261718.htm

Pawson, H. (2015, June 24). Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan. Gladstone Observer. Retrieved from http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/tackling-housing-unaffordability-10-point-national/2684187/

Pawson, H. (2015, March 20). Affordable housing solution. The Canberra Times. 

Pawson, H. (2015, March 20). Super funds tipped for cheap rentals. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/unlocking-super-solution-to-affordable-housing-20150317-1m0wej.html

Pawson, H. (2015, February 4). Homelessness more widespread than official figures show, charities warn. BBC News UK. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31108799

Pawson, H. (2015, February 4). Homelessness ‘on the rise’ amid cuts to benefits. The Telegraph UK. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11388376/Homelessness-on-the-rise-amid-cuts-to-benefits.html

Pawson, H. (2014, December 19). Australia Needs More than Dense Housing Arguments. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-more-than-dense-housing-arguments-35372

Pawson, H. (2014, December 15). New generation of boarding houses go upmarket. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-generation-boarding-houses-leave-traditional-tenants-out-in-the-cold-20141212-125zl9.html

Pawson, H. (2014, November 16). Demand for public housing increases with sell-off. The Sun Herald. Retrieved from http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-sun-herald/20141116/281702613010680/TextView

Pawson, H. (2014, November 15). Western Sydney’s overheated housing market. SBS World News. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yERN5WmxL9U&index=1&list=PLMKtooDEad33JDXhG4h4Z75JoguWpsP7n

Pawson, H. (2014, March 20). Should we be selling public housing? The Project. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzyJYtQQ-w4

Pawson, H. (2013, May 7). Tenancy reviews don't cut waiting list. The Age.  Retrieved from http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/tenancy-reviews-dont-cut-waiting-list-20130506-2j3gk.html

Pawson, H. (2012, July 1). Homeless run up $100 million hotel bill. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/homeless-run-up-100-million-hotel-bill-20120630-219d2.html

 

Membership

Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing

Managing Editor (Australasia), Housing Studies

Supervision Area: 
Affordable housing
 
Private rental housing
 
Housing markets
 
Urban regeneration and renewal
Supervising: 
Rupa Ganguli - PhD thesis title: Role of the rental market in satisfying immigrant demand in Sydney
 
Jin Zhu - PhD thesis title: Housing affordability and urban form - the case of Shanghai
Publications:
Books

Pawson H; Milligan V; Yates J, 2020, Housing Policy in Australia A Case for System Reform, Springer Nature, Singapore

Pawson H; Mullins D, 2010, After Council Housing, 1, Macmillan Publishers Limited, Hampshire, UK, http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=268841

Book Chapters

Pawson H; Pinnegar S, 2018, 'Regenerating Australia’s Public Housing Estates', in Ruming K (ed.), Urban Regeneration in Australia; policies, processes and projects of contemporary urban change, Routledge, London, pp. 311 - 332, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315548722

Pawson H; Pinnegar S, 2018, 'Regenerating Australia's public housing estates', in Ruming K (ed.), URBAN REGENERATION IN AUSTRALIA: POLICIES, PROCESSES AND PROJECTS OF CONTEMPORARY URBAN CHANGE, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 311 - 332, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000467326800015&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Pawson H, 2012, 'Policies to Address Homelessness: Prevention in the United Kingdom', in Smith SJ (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 243 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00702-5

Pawson H, 2012, 'The Changing Scale and Role of Private Renting in the UK Housing Market', in UK Housing Review 2011/12, edn. Original, Chartered Institute of Housing, Coventry, pp. 13 - 24, http://www.ukhousingreview.org.uk/

Pawson H, 2011, 'Post-millennium dividends? Assessing recent trends in social housing management efficiency and effectiveness', in UK Housing Review 2010/11, edn. 19th, Chartered Institute of Housing, Coventry, pp. 11 - 20

Pawson H; McKenzie C, 2006, 'Social landlords, anti-social behaviour and countermeasures', in Housing, Urban Governance and Anti-Social Behaviour: Perspectives, Policy and Practice, pp. 155 - 176

Journal articles

Pawson H, 2020, 'Understanding affordability', HOUSING STUDIES, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1811447

Pawson H; Martin C, 2020, 'Rental property investment in disadvantaged areas: the means and motivations of Western Sydney’s new landlords', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1709806

Fitzpatrick S; Pawson H; Watts B, 2020, 'The limits of localism: a decade of disaster on homelessness in England', Policy & Politics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557320x15857338944387

Zhu J; Li B; Pawson H, 2019, 'The end of ‘toleration’? Policy ambiguity and converted-housing occupancy in China', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1648774

Hulse K; Morris A; Pawson H, 2019, 'Private Renting in a Home-owning Society: Disaster, Diversity or Deviance?', Housing, Theory and Society, vol. 36, pp. 167 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2018.1467964

Pawson H; Milligan V; Martin C, 2018, 'Building Australia's affordable housing industry: capacity challenges and capacity-enhancing strategies', International Journal of Housing Policy, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2018.1469108

Pawson H; Hulse K; Morris A, 2017, 'Interpreting the rise of long-term private renting in a liberal welfare regime context', Housing Studies, vol. 32, pp. 1062 - 1084, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1301400

Pawson H; Herath S, 2017, 'Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 35, pp. 373 - 390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2016.1272449

Morris A; Hulse K; Pawson H, 2017, 'Long-term private renters: Perceptions of security and insecurity', Journal of Sociology, vol. 53, pp. 653 - 669, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783317707833

Milligan V; Pawson H; Phillips R; Martin C, 2017, 'Developing the scale and capacity of Australia's affordable housing industry', AHURI Final Report, pp. 1 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7108402

Fitzpatrick S; Pawson H, 2016, 'Fifty years since Cathy Come Home: critical reflections on the UK homelessness safety net', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 16, pp. 543 - 555, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2016.1230962

Wiesel I; Pawson H, 2015, 'Why do tenants leave social housing? Exploring residential and social mobility at the lowest rungs of Australia's socioeconomic ladder', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 50, pp. 397 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2015.tb00357.x

Pawson H; Herath S, 2015, 'Dissecting and tracking socio-spatial disadvantage in urban Australia', Cities, vol. 44, pp. 73 - 85, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.02.001

Jacobs K; Pawson H, 2015, 'Introduction to the Special Edition: ‘The Politics of Housing Policy’', Housing Studies, vol. 30, pp. 651 - 655, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2015.1082273

Pawson H, 2015, 'The Tenants Movement (Book Review)', Housing Studies, vol. 30, pp. 506 - 508, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2015.1014626

Pawson H; Wiesel I, 2014, 'Tenant agency in Australia's public housing transfers: a comparative assessment', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 14, pp. 344 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2014.952957

Lawson J; Berry M; Hamilton C; Pawson H, 2014, 'Enhancing affordable rental housing investment via an intermediary and guarantee', AHURI Final Report, pp. 1 - 125

Pawson H, 2014, 'Accommodating Australians', HOUSING STUDIES, vol. 29, pp. 169 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2012.752639

Pawson HR; Fitzpatrick S, 2013, 'Ending security of tenure for social renters: transitioning to 'ambulance service' social housing?', Housing Studies, vol. 29, pp. 597 - 615, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2013.803043

Pawson H, 2013, 'The Politics of Urban Governance', HOUSING STUDIES, vol. 28, pp. 363 - 365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2011.633357

Pawson H; Milligan V, 2013, 'New dawn or chimera? Can institutional financing transform rental housing?', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 13, pp. 335 - 357, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2013.840111

Pawson H, 2012, 'The Housing Debate', JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY, vol. 41, pp. 836 - 838, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279412000396

Pawson H; Sosenko F, 2012, 'Tenant satisfaction assessment in social housing: how reliable? how meaningful?', International Journal of Consumer Studies, vol. 36, pp. 70 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-6431.2011.01033.x

Cowan D; Hunter C; Pawson H, 2012, 'Jurisdiction and Scale: Rent Arrears, Social Housing, and Human Rights', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 39, pp. 269 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2012.00581.x

Pawson H; Sosenko F, 2012, 'The supply-side modernisation of social housing in England: Analysing mechanics, trends and consequences', Housing Studies, vol. 27, pp. 783 - 804, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2012.714462

Pawson H, 2011, 'Governing Independence and Expertise: The Business of Housing Associations', HOUSING STUDIES, vol. 26, pp. 301 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2011.544920

Pawson H; Hulse K, 2011, 'Policy transfer of choice-based letting to Britain and Australia: how extensive? How faithful? How appropriate?', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 11, pp. 113 - 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616718.2011.573199

Nixon J; Pawson H; Sosenko F, 2010, 'Rolling out Anti-social Behaviour Family Projects in Scotland and England: Analysing Rhetoric and Practice', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 44, pp. 305 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2010.00715.x

Hulse K; Jones C; Pawson H, 2010, 'Tenurial 'competition', tenure dynamics and the private rental sector: An international reappraisal', Journal of European Real Estate Research, vol. 3, pp. 138 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17539261011062619

Pawson H; Gilmour T, 2010, 'Transforming Australia's Social Housing: Pointers from the British stock transfer Experience', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 28, pp. 241 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2010.497135

Pawson H; Jacobs K, 2010, 'Policy intervention and its impact: New Labour's public service reform model as applied to local authority housing in England', Housing, Theory and Society, vol. 27, pp. 76 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036090902764604

Pawson H, 2007, 'Local authority homelessness prevention in England: Empowering consumers or denying rights?', Housing Studies, vol. 22, pp. 867 - 883, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673030701387572

Fitzpatrick S; Pawson H, 2007, 'Welfare safety net or tenure of choice? The dilemma facing social housing policy in England', Housing Studies, vol. 22, pp. 163 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673030601132763

Pawson H; Watkins D, 2007, 'Quasi-marketising access to social housing in Britain: Assessing the distributional impacts', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 22, pp. 149 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10901-007-9080-y

Pawson H, 2006, 'Restructuring England's social housing sector since 1989: Undermining or underpinning the fundamentals of public housing?', Housing Studies, vol. 21, pp. 767 - 783, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673030600807720

Mullins D; Pawson H, 2005, ''The land that time forgot': Reforming access to social housing in England', Policy and Politics, vol. 33, pp. 205 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/0305573053870167

Pawson H, 2004, 'Perpetuating polarized neighbourhoods? Analysing rehousing outcomes in the English housing association sector', European Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 4, pp. 77 - 106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461671042000215460

Walker RM; Mullins D; Pawson H, 2003, 'Devolution and housing associations in Great Britain: Enhancing organisational accountability?', Housing Studies, vol. 18, pp. 177 - 199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0267303032000087711

Pawson H; Sinclair SP, 2003, 'Shopping therapy? Incentive payments and tenant behaviour: Lessons from underoccupation schemes in the United Kingdom', European Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 3, pp. 289 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616710310001630730

Pawson H; Kintrea K, 2002, 'Part of the problem or part of the solution? Social housing allocation policies and social exclusion in Britain', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 31, pp. 643 - 667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279402006797

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