The City Futures Research Forum at the University of New South Wales has published a major new report on housing and the economy in Australia, produced by Professor Duncan Maclennan, Policy Scotland and University of Glasgow, in collaboration with research partners in the City Futures Research Forum.
With impacts of COVID-19 on the housing system becoming clearer and the broad outlines of the post COVID-19 economy more apparent, this project reviews how major consequences of housing productivity and stability for the longer term could be reflected in better policy approaches across all orders of government. It involves a range of leading housing policymakers and practitioners in a high level moderated ‘debate’ that synthesises a range of views on the future evolution of Australia’s housing system.
The report is the result of a collaboration between Professor Maclennan, Professor Bill Randolph, Professor Chris Leishman and Professor Hal Pawson, and is published with the support of the Housing and Productivity Research Consortium (HPRC), an emerging Australian collaboration between non-profit, private and government organisations and leading researchers, which aims to design, fund and deliver research to enhance economic understandings of housing system outcomes that will better inform the policymakers and other housing system stakeholders.
The report builds on two foundational studies Making Better Economic Cases for Housing, and Strengthening Economics Cases for Housing – both led by Professor Maclennan and undertaken in conjunction with other UNSW colleagues. Those reports identify key research questions about the links between housing outcomes, productivity, stability and affordability.