Disrupting the housing market, 4 December 2018, Hobart

Laura Schmahmann

Associate, SGS Economics & Planning

Laura Schmahmann

Laura is a planner with experience advising clients on innovation precincts and economic development policy, strategic housing and employment studies and integrated transport and land use policy. She has managed a range of projects across Australia for state and local government clients, as well as the private sector.

Laura’s postgraduate research investigated how knowledge is transferred between workers and firms within industry clusters in Sydney, and the role of the urban context in influencing or impacting on this. Since completing this research, Laura has been involved in the preparation of innovation precinct strategies and advice relating to these precincts more broadly for a range of clients across Australia. Recent projects include Tonsley in Adelaide, White Bay Power Station in Sydney and the National Employment and Innovation Clusters in Melbourne. She has also spoken at a number of conferences and seminars on this topic.

Laura recently co-authored a report analysing the impact of Airbnb on the housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne. This was the first study in Australia to use official Airbnb data.

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