AHURI Research Webinar Series

Improving apartments and neighbourhoods for lower-income Australians

Thursday 11 June 2020 at 2pm (AEST)

In Australia, 10 per cent of the population lives in an apartment; 85 per cent of apartment residents live in capital cities; and 39 per cent of households living in high-density apartments are lower-income households. These lower-income households are disproportionally affected by challenges associated with apartment living, as they often have less choice and less control over their living situation.

This webinar presented the findings from a new AHURI research project, Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods and was presented by Associate Professor Hazel Easthope and Dr Laura Crommelin from UNSW Sydney.

This research investigates the demographic characteristics, types of buildings and neighbourhoods of lower-income apartment residents in Australia and draws on lessons from four case studies in Sydney and Melbourne to make recommendations to improve wellbeing, community and housing affordability outcomes for apartment residents.

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Hazel EasthopeA/Prof Hazel Easthope, UNSW Sydney

Hazel Easthope is Scientia Associate Professor at UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre. Her research focuses on urban consolidation and the development, management, governance and planning implications of apartment buildings and estates and the lived experiences of their residents.

She is a leading researcher in this field, and is regularly consulted by industry, government and peak body organisations in Australia and internationally. Underpinning her research is a deep concern with how to enable people to feel at home in the places where they live.

Laura CrommelinDr Laura Crommelin, UNSW Sydney

Laura Crommelin is a Research Lecturer at the City Futures Research Centre, working on projects related to urban and housing policy, and teaches planning law in the Faculty of Built Environment's City Planning program.

Laura’s research interests cover a range of trends and issues in post-industrial cities, including urban renewal, urban governance, high density living, digital disruptions (e.g. Airbnb), and place branding.


Tom AlvesDr Tom Alves, AHURI (facilitator)

Tom leads the Professional Services and Strategic Initiatives components of AHURI's business. As Head of Development, he works closely with AHURI’s University partners, Australian governments, industry, the community sector and other stakeholders to deliver responsive, high-quality professional services and to develop AHURI’s standing as an authoritative voice in international housing and urban policy discussion.

Tom has a PhD in Housing and Urban Studies and has held positions at RMIT University and The University of Melbourne in the disciplines of Property, Architecture and Urban Planning. He has substantial experience in policy and advisory work with the Victorian Government and fourteen years’ experience working in architectural practices in Melbourne and Sydney.

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