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Australia's housing choices (1999) Out of print
Edited by Judith Yates and Maryann Wulff
$24.95 (B&W photocopies available)
  ISBN 1 875997 09 1

Australia enjoys one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. Much of the current high rate can be attributed to a rapidly increasing standard of living and to high rates of population growth in the immediate post-war period. It has been sustained in the latter part of this century by the ageing of the population.

Over the past few decades, however, Australia has experienced a period of unprecedented social and economic change. This has put pressure on the sustainability of home ownership. Household incomes have become increasingly unequal, which has impinged upon the capacity of households to access home ownership. At the same time, the processes of economic and labour market restructuring have contributed to a questioning of the old ethos of home ownership. Demographic, lifestyle, economic and policy changes have all shaped and reshaped housing markets and have had profound changes on the housing choices open to households and on the constraints households face in framing and achieving their aspirations.

The research reported in this book explores the way in which current trends in economic and social restructuring are affecting housing choices and altering the distribution of housing resources across different demographic and socio-economic groups.


Falling out of home ownership: mortgage arrears and defaults in Australia
Mike Berry, Tony Dalton, Benno Engels, Kim Whiting (1999)
$24.95  ISBN 1 875997 32 6

Continuing economic restructuring and social change in Australia are impacting on our housing system. An ageing population, smaller households, relatively high long-term unemployment, rising economic inequality and pervasive insecurity have seen the proportion of people buying their homes fall. Long term renting is on the rise. These trends are occurring in a period of record low inflation and nominal interest rates.

One factor behind the trends seem to be a greater tendency for people to fall into difficulty in meeting their mortgage repayments. Mortgage arrears and defaults have increased in Australia, Britain and the United States over the past decade or so. This book tracks these trends, presents research into why this is occurring, analyses new data for Australia, and draws implications for public policy in this country. The book also looks at the issue from the viewpoints of financial institutions (lenders), mortgage insurers and the building and development sector.


Community opportunity and vulnerability in Australia's cities and towns  Out of print
Scott Baum. Robert Stimson, Kevin O'Connor, Patrick Mullins, Rex Davis (1999)
$32.95
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1875997 31 8

This book identifies patterns of community opportunity and vulnerability in Australia's metropolitan city regions and across its regional cities and towns. A model is developed which allocates Statistical Local Areas to clusters of opportunity and vulnerability based on an analysis of structural change occurring over the decade 1986 to 1996. Multi-discriminant analysis is used to identify those factors which discriminate between these clusters on the basis of a set of variables measuring the socioeconomic structure and composition of communities. The analysis involves measures of occupational structure and industry change, household income, human capital, attachment to the labour force, social disadvantage, population changes and the incidence of public housing and levels of housing financial stress.

It is found that the key factors discriminating between clusters of community opportunity both in Australia's cities and across its regional towns relate predominantly to measures of human capital and level of income and to aspects of labour market engagement. The book provides important insights to processes of urban and regional change in Australia, and raises significant policy issues for people-related and place-related approaches to addressing the problems of community and vulnerability.


Houses and jobs in cities and regions: research in honour of Chris Maher  Out of print
Edited by Kevin O'Connor (1999)
$49.95
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1875997 29 6

This volume represents the latest insights in the areas of housing and urban analysis that were part of the research agenda of the late Chris Maher. It presents chapters on Locational Disadvantage and Polarisation (including a previously unpublished paper by Chris Maher), and explores aspects of the housing market such as the rental sector, the aged, auction results, inner area housing and public housing. This is followed by chapters on cities including Sydney and Toronto as well as overviews of Australian urban patterns and population mobility, followed by a section on journey-to-work, regional unemployment rates and working at home. This collection provides the reader with a very comprehensive view of urban and housing research in Australia, and would serve a reader well for teaching as well as a starting point for research projects.


Living in a retirement village: attitudes, choices and outcomes  Out of print
Michelle Manicaros and Robert Stimson (1999)
$32.95
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1 875997 28 8

Australia's ageing population is generating increasing demand for alternative housing environments for retirees. This book provides an overview of the characteristics of Australia's aged persons and their housing status, and discusses the types of housing being provided by the retirement village industry.

The decision-choice process of retirees choosing to relocate to a retirement village is analysed through a survey of a sample of residents in four resident-funded retirement villages in the Brisbane-South East Queensland region. It looks at the aspirations of retirement village residents, identifies the key factors why people moved and how they chose their retirement village, and assesses levels of resident satisfaction with the facilities, management and lifestyle of the retirement village.


Monitoring Sydney 1998
Maurice Daly
$24.95  ISBN 1 875997 25 3

The performance of Australia's major city regions is of increasing significance in a society where the economic success of the nation depends more and more on the productive activity generated in complex metro areas. This success is achieved through their diverse economies encompassing the producer services, community and consumer services and manufacturing activities in the contemporary era of globalisation and the informational economy. Our mega capital regions are the home of over 70% of the nation's population, and are the places where both power and economic wealth generation are increasingly concentrated in Australia. Thus, monitoring the performance of capital city regions is of importance for business, for governments and for the community in general.


Monitoring Melbourne 1998
Kevin O'Connor
$24.95  ISBN 1 875997 24 5

The performance of Australia's major city regions is of increasing significance in a society where the economic success of the nation depends more and more on the productive activity generated in complex metro areas, through their diverse economies encompassing the producer services, community and consumer services and manufacturing activities in the contemporary era of globalisation and the informational economy. Our mega capital regions are the home of over 70% of the nation's population, and are the places where both power and economic wealth generation are increasingly concentrated in Australia. Thus, monitoring the performance of capital city regions is of importance for business, governments and the population in general.


Monitoring Brisbane and the south east Queensland region 1998
$24.95 ISBN 1 875997 26 1

The performance of Australia's major city regions is of increasing significance in a society where the economic success of the nation depends more and more on the productive activity generated in complex metro areas. This occurs through these regions having diverse economies encompassing the producer services, community and consumer services and manufacturing activities in the contemporary era of globalisation and the informational economy. Our mega capital regions are the home of over 70% of the nation's population, and are the places where both power and economic wealth generation are increasingly concentrated in Australia. Thus, monitoring the performance of capital city regions is of importance for business, for governments and for the community in general.


Population and employment 'hot spots' and 'cold spots' 1986-1996
Robert J Stimson, Fikreth Shuaib (University of Queensland), Kevin O'Connor (Monash University), AHURI
$29.95 ISBN 1 87599723 7

This AHURI publication reports the results of an analysis of changing patterns of regional population and employment growth and decline in Australia over the decade 1986 to 1996, identifying what the authors call regional 'hot spots' and 'cold spots'. It is part of a priority project initiated by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) in 1998/99 investigating Development Strategies for Urban Regeneration in Economically Disadvantaged Areas of Australia's Cities and Towns.


A decade of change - social atlas of Brisbane and the south east Queensand region 1998
Robert Stimson, Patrick Mullins, Scott Baum, Olivia Jenkins, Kingsley Gum, Rex Davis
$35.00  ISBN 1 875997 27 1

The Brisbane-South East Queensland Region (SEQ), Australia's 'sun-belt' metropolis, is experiencing rapid population growth due to net gains from interstate migration, as well as an increased share of immigrants coming to the region in recent years. Between 1986 and 1996 the SEQ Region's population grew by 37%, to reach 2.13 million. Projections of future population growth made public in late 1998 by the Queensland Department of Communication and Information, Local Government and Planning, suggest that the Region's population will continue to grow rapidly to between 2.53 and 2.69 million by the year 2006.


The Australian capital city report 1997
Centre for Population and Urban Research (Monash University) & AHURI
$20.00  ISSN 1322 9532

The Australian Capital City Report is a statement on trends in the urban and regional development of Australia. It emphasises the location of investment in the form of new construction and capital investment, as well as the location of employment and housing. Its purpose is to provide a firm base for discussion of issues in Australia's urban development at a national scale.

Capital city development in Australia in the past year took place in the context of slower national economic growth and a steady shift away from office and factory construction to retail, transport and communication investment. That context had consequences for the capital cities as in some cases, investment flowed to other parts of the nation, lowering the concentration in the large cities that has been a feature of the past few years.

For individual cities these changes had particular outcomes. Sydney seemed able to look beyond the lower level of office building, maintaining its vitality in tourism and communications, as well as its employment levels in a range of sectors. Melbourne was less fortunate, and experienced sluggish housing market performance and weak labour demand. For Brisbane and Perth, too, the new context created some difficulties and some earlier trends in their economies have changed.


Research Monograph 1. Homelessness in Australia: causes and consequences
Cecily Neil and Rodney Fopp (1992, reprinted 1994)
$10.00  ISBN 0 643 05614 9

Due to demand, this title was reprinted in 1994 by AHURI, by arrangement with the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Homelessness and Housing, and CSIRO. The publication looks at the meaning of homelessness; the dimensions and definitions of homelessness, and the consequent costs of homelessness to homeless people and the community as a whole. It examines the causes and those most likely to be vulnerable to homelessness. It looks at policies and services designed allevaiate homelessness and then explores future trends and possible future scenarios with respect to homelessness hypothesised.


Research Monograph 2. Urban metabolism: a framework for evaluating the viability, livability and sustainability of south-east Queensland  Out of print
Derek Kemp, Michelle Manicaros, Pat Mullins, Rod Simpson, Robert Stimson and John Western (1997)
$19.00
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1 875997 10 5

This monograph outlines a framework for evaluating the viability, livability and sustainability of cities. This was conducted under an Australian Research Council Collaborative Grants Scheme project monitoring and evaluating the performance of the region using an integrated spatial database. The urban metabolism metaphor provides a framework for analysing the urbanisation process and its impact. It provides an integrated model for assessing quality of life taking account of economic, environmental and social indices. The model is currently being applied to the Brisbane - South East Queensland metropolis and AHURI plans to use it to analyse the performance of other metropolitan areas in Australia.


Research Monograph 3. Journey to work: employment and the changing structure of Australian cities
Peter Gipps, John Brotchie, Peter Hensher, Peter Newton and Kevin O'Connor (1997)
$19.00  ISBN 1 875997 13 X

This monograph provides a comprehensive analysis of data on commuter patterns, the location of employment, and the composition and skills of the labour force. It describes the remarkable changes in the urban economy and associated spatial structures that have occurred over the decade of restructuring since 1981 and their effects on urban travel patterns. Its relevance to current policy debates on land use and transport is invaluable.


Research Monograph 4. Ageing and housing: ageing and retirement housing in Australia  Out of print
Robert Stimson, Michelle Manicaros, Andre Kabamba and Alan Murray (1997)
$19.00
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1 875997 11 3

This monograph addresses ageing and retirement housing in Australia. This is the most comprehensive work done in the field of retirement housing and housing options for the aged in Australia in recent years. It investigates the development of housing options for the aged and the role of both public and private sectors in the provision of retirement housing, with a focus on the retirement village industry. The monograph addresses important policy issues.


Research Monograph 5. Five cities: patterns of employment and labour force characteristics in Australia's metropolitan cities Out of print
Robert Stimson, Shane Taylor and Kevin O'Connor (1997)
$19.00
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1 875997 12 1

Employment patterns and labour force characteristics are important social and economic indicators in the development of a nation. Australia is no longer an isolated island but is increasingly internationalising into the new global economy. By analysing trends in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, it provides a gender-differentiated analysis of patterns of change in industry sector employment occupations and skills among workers in our metropolitan cities.


Research Monograph 6. Re-shaping cities for a more sustainable future: exploring the link between urban Form, air quality, energy and greenhouse gas emissions  Out of print
Peter Newton, Peter Newman, Peter Manins, Rod Simpson and Nariida Smith (1997)
$19.00
(B&W photocopies available) ISBN 0 643 06295 5

This monograph presents new and important material assembled by several of Australia's leading urban and environmental researchers. It explores the role of urban design in the ecological city: energy consumption, greenhouse gas emission, ambient air quality and indoor air quality.


Research Monograph 7. Institutions, incentives and risk: preparing markets for private financing of urban infrastructure  Out of print
Michael Lindfield (1998)
$19.00
(B&W photocopies available)  ISBN 1 875997 18 0

This monograph presents the results of a review of the theory and practice of risk management in the provision of urban infrastructure financed by the private sector.


Occasional Paper 1. Development of the AHURI work programme - report of a national consultation
Mike Berry, Tony Dalton, Joe Flood, Chris Maher, Robert Stimson (1995)
$Free  ISBN 0 646 19094 6

This first Occasional Paper is an account of the recommendations of the research and education and training programmes of AHURI. The paper considers the development of the two program areas by discussing the consultation processes for development of the research agenda, the development of the network, the themes and issues for the research agenda; and priorities for the education and training agenda.


Occasional Paper 2. Low cost housing opportunities: case studies from the United States and Canada
Julie Lawson (1995)
$8.00  ISBN 1 875997 01 6

Originally published as a report commissioned for the City of Melbourne, Occasional Paper 2 is a report based on research undertaken outside Australia to introduce new ideas to the local housing debate by considering new approaches to inner city housing needs. The report documents the profiles of twelve cities in the United States and Canada, where housing problems have reached epidemic proportions. In responding to the range of these problems and the decreasing Federal funds for housing programs, city governments in centres such as San Francisco, Boston and Toronto have developed reform programs from private development incentives and regulation, to municipal provision of affordable housing. The case studies provide many examples of creative planning, development and service delivery relevant to low income people in Australian inner city areas.


Occasional Paper 3. Is Australia different? Globalisation and the new economy
Peter Marcuse (1996)
$8.00  ISBN 1 875997 03 2

During his time as an AHURI international visiting research fellow in late 1994, Professor Peter Marcuse from the Graduate School of Planning at Columbia University in New York, undertook this comparative study of the phenomenon of globalisation in Australia and the United States. Globalisation is a condition in which the components of industry, economic activity, technology and the ownership of the means of production are increasingly becoming centrally controlled. Across his extensive research and experiences in American cities, Marcuse has developed a set of indicators which describe the pattern of new urban poverty. In applying this set of indicators to the Australian context, Marcuse has drawn some similarities which imply convergence with situations in the United States; however, he also emphasises that there are substantial differences between Australia's political, social and economic cultures and those of the United States, sufficient to encourage the responsible agencies to act on resisting convergence.


 

Occasional Paper 4. Innovation strategies in Australian local government
Dr John Martin
Free Download  PDF file 100KB

A culture of innovation is seen as essential if local government organisations are to effectively manage and survive in ever-changing environments. This paper provides an overview of innovation processes and outlines how they are applied in four local government organisations.


Working Paper 1. A legal perspective on targeted superannuation fund investment: a comparison between the United States and Australia
Mark Jobling
$5.00  ISBN 0 646 19095 4

This working paper is the first in a series on a superannuation project directed by Professor Gordon Clark and Professor Mike Berry. It explores the structure and organisation of the pension or superannuation fund investment management industry here and in the United States, and the relationship between the industry and regional development.


Working Paper 2. Community housing in Australia: issues and future directions
Hal Bisset, Tony Dalton, Julie Lawson
$5.00  ISBN 0 646 20644 3

Working Paper 2 is a close adaptation of a report delivered at the Community Housing Conference in Sydney in March 1994. It seeks to place the evolution of community housing in an historical context as well as relate its development to broader sociological and political movements. The paper then provides an overview of the current stage of development of community housing on a state by state basis by describing the range of models and quantity of stock in the sector.


Working Paper 3. Competitive practice in the anglo-American superannuation fund management industry: implications for economically targeted investments
Gordon Clark
$5.00  ISBN 0 646 20645 1

Working Paper 3 develops an analysis of the competitive practices of the Anglo-American pension fund investment management industry, focusing upon firm behaviour, the nature of inter-firm competitive strategy and the local and international structure of the industry.


Working Paper 4. The dynamics of public housing tenure: movement in and out of the public housing stock
Peter Newton, Maryann Wulff
$5.00  ISBN 0 646 21541 8

Working Paper 4 investigates the residential mobility of public tenants and the implications of these patterns on the demand for State Housing Authority dwellings. Characteristics of movers (both into and out of public housing), reasons for moving, and future housing intentions are explored. The research is based on data obtained from the 1991 Housing and Locational Choice Survey, the New South Wales State Housing Authority internal client data base and waiting list information, and the 1991 census.


Working Paper 5. Rights for the homeless
Cassandra Austin
$5.00  ISBN 1 875 99700 8

This research paper analyses the potential legal recognition of a right to housing in Australia. It explores two related areas of interest: a current theoretical and practical understanding of rights within law, both nationally and internationally, as a context from which to develop strategies, and an outlining of possible strategies that move toward a recognition of housing as a right of each Australian citizen.


Working Paper 6. Restructuring difference: social polarisation and the city
Katherine Gibson, Margo Huxley, Jenny Cameron, Lauren Costello, Ruth Fincher, Jane Jacobs, Natalie Jamieson, Louise Johnson & Mariastella Pulvirenti
$8.00  ISBN 1 875997 04 0


Working Paper 7. The superannuation industry in Australia
Gordon Clark, James Burkitt, Wayne Caldow and Mark Jobling (1996)
$5.00  ISBN 1 875997 05 9

This paper is about the structure and performance of the superannuation industry. Although Australian superannuation funds are small by world standards, the current and projected rate of growth of htese funds through to the year 2010 are such that the Australian industry is now home to many of the largest global fund managers - State Street Bank of Boston, JP morgan, Rothschilds, Towers Perrin, William Mercer, and Massachussetts Financial Services are names familiar to many of the global finance sector. Understanding how they operate and what is distinctive about the Australian industry, are important aspects of the project. This particular paper aims to provide basic data on the causes, forces and patterns behind the growth of the Australian superannuation industry. Concern about regulation issues is left for another time.


 

Working Paper 8. Governments, communities and housing policies in Australia  Out of print
Chris Paris
ISBN 1 875997 06 7


Working Paper 9. Australia's private rental housing market: policies and processes  Out of print
Chris Maher, Maryann Wulff, Judith Yates, Andrew Beer, George Earl, Rosemary Karmel, Robert Stimson, Gavin Wood, Department of Social Security, and National Shelter (1997)
$10.00 (B&W photocopies available) ISBN 1 875997 07 5


 

Working Paper 10. Direct state involvement in housing land development: the Australian experience in comparative perspective
Professor of Planning and Housing, Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Out of Print  ISBN 11875997 14 8


 

Working Paper 11. Negotiating restructuring: a study of regional communities experiencing rapid social and economic change
Katherine Gibson, Jenny Cameron and Arthur Veno, Department of Geography and Environmental Science and School of Humanities and Public Policy, Monash University (1999)
Free Download PDF File 320KB


Monitoring Sydney 1
Maurice Daly, Shane Taylor and Lisa Clark (1997)
$15.00  ISBN 1 875997 17 2

Monitoring Sydney is an annual joint production by Daly Research Systems and the AHURI. The publication will regularly monitor the economic growth and development of the Sydney Region, while establishing a benchmarking process, on particular indicators, with other major capital cities and regions in Australia. The strong spatial focus is also highlighted by its examination and coverage of internal (sub-regional and where possible, suburban) components of economic change and development. This inaugural volume is designed to form the basis of further analysis into comparative regional economic development and provide an exploratory coverage of a selection of issues which will be extended, or modified, in future editions.


Monitoring a sun-belt metropolis, evaluating the performance of the Brisbane and south east Queensland regional economy
Brian H Roberts, Robert J Stimson and Shane Taylor (1996)
$15.00  ISBN 1 875997 08 3

Monitoring a Sun-Belt Metropolis provides a comprehensive overview and evaluation of the performance of the South East Queensland regional economy, benchmarked against other metro cities in Australia. The story is one of mixed performance. On the one hand there has been considerable success in integrating the region to the new global economy. On the other hand, the lack of diversity in the economic base, high levels of imports into the region, and a lack of high value added activities using advanced knowledge bases and information intensive inputs with export orientated markets represent a long term problem.

Important public policy issues are canvassed concerning the future sustainable economic development of the SEQ Region and how strategies to address these may be identified and put into operation.


 

A social atlas of Brisbane and the south east Queensland region  Out of print
Kingsley Gum, Michelle Manicaros, Alison Larnach, Robert Stimson, Shane Taylor and John Western.
ISBN 1 875997 09 1