A Research Tuesdays Forum
Australia’s housing is now recognised as among the world’s best. It’s young, spacious and well built. Yet our quality of life is increasingly uncertain.
Our ageing population, relentless suburban expansion and rising incidence of low-income “housing stress” are raising significant social and economic questions.
Can we continue to favour infrastructure-intensive low-density sprawl over high-density urban living? What are the societal implications of homelessness due to surging housing costs? What expectations will the relatively affluent Baby Boomers have of their accommodation in old age and how should they be addressed?
In this special Research Tuesdays Forum, our expert panellists will explore the issues and seek much needed answers.
Professor Andrew Beer is a Professor in the Discipline of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Adelaide and Director of its Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. He is an expert in urban economic development and has published numerous articles and two books on the topic.
Dr Debbie Faulkner is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. She has extensive experience in social and population-based research issues with a strong focus on the housing and care needs of the older population in Australia.
Professor Emeritus Chris Paris is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Ulster. He is a widely published specialist in housing and planning research, with significant international experience.
Nathan Paine is the Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia (SA Division). He also sits on the Construction Industry Training Board, the Housing and Urban Development Advisory Committee and the Integrated Design Strategy’s Establishment Group.
Associate Professor Susan Oakley (Facilitator) is Head of Gender Studies and Social Analysis at the University of Adelaide and a research member of its Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. Her expertise includes the relationship between urban planning, governance and regeneration, and youth homelessness.