Activities of the National Cities Research Program

Public submissions

AHURI submission to Australian Government
Issues Paper on a Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia
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Final strategy document now available: Sustainable Australia – Sustainable Communities

AHURI submission to Australian Government
Our cities discussion paper
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Final policy document now available: Our Cities, Our Future - A National Urban Policy for a productive, sustainable and liveable future

Research projects

Metropolitan planning governance in relation to affordable housing supply (Investigative Panel)

This Investigative Panel is jointly funded by Australand and the Residential Development Council (RDC). It will assemble a group of planning experts and policy makers to identify those aspects of the 'planning system' across all Australian jurisdictions that inhibit new housing supply, having regard to the three components of these systems ('governance', 'plan making' and 'development assessment'). It will then identify specific reforms across each of the three system components which may be adopted to significantly enhance supply side responses to demand.

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Project Number: 96002
Research Themes: Housing affordability , Urban planning and development
Project Leader: Spiller, Marcus
Funding Year: 2010

Review of economic evaluation methods for city shaping projects  

This project will draw together a range of international evidence on evaluation practice to investigate how economic evaluation methodologies are best utilised to enable planners and policy-makers to understand the full benefits and costs of infrastructure projects.

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Project Number: 76001
Research Themes: Economics modelling , Urban planning and development
Project Leader: Phibbs, Peter
Funding Year: 2010
Research Centre: UNSW-UWS


Joint AHURI and ADC Forum launch of the ADC Cities Report: Enhancing liveability
Sydney Fri 22 Oct 2010


State of Australian Cities Conference 2013
Tue 26 Nov – Fri 29 Nov 2013
AHURI is pleased to be supporting this conference.
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National Urban Policy Conference
Thu 16 May – Fri 17 May 2013
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Housing: where to from here?
Wed 28 Sep 2011
Effective urban planning for better affordable housing outcomes
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State of Australian Cities Conference 2011
Melbourne Tue 29 Nov – Fri 2 Dec 2011
AHURI is pleased have supported this conference.
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Creating sustainable and liveable cities in Australia
Melbourne Wed 13 Oct 2010
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A new agenda for strategic planning in capital cities
Implementing and evaluating the new COAG criteria for capital city planning
Sydney Wed 21 Apr 2010
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On 5 March 2010, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government launched the
State of Australian Cities 2010 report, which was prepared by the Major Cities Unit (Australian Government 2010).

The report does not aim to identify key gaps in the research evidence base, nor to develop a national research agenda—but these are appropriate tasks for AHURI as the national research institute focussed on housing and urban matters.
As an initiative under AHURI’s National Cities Research Program, an AHURI discussion paper was released inviting responses to the proposed research priorities.

The purpose of the paper was to commence the process of developing the national research agenda that will need to be implemented if the information deficit is to be met and the indicator framework is to be properly grounded in research evidence.

Responses to the discussion paper closed on 30 July 2010.

We were delighted by the range of organisations that responded and the thoughtful comments they provided—our thanks to all those who contributed their time and energy.

The responses took two forms: substantive debate of the issues raised, and guidance about the relative priorities of proposed research directions. In developing a research agenda for the National Cities Research Program, it is the latter set of comments that were particularly valuable. See more here .

Last updated: 6 Feb 2015