Lessons for a Post-Pandemic Housing System

Lessons for a Post-Pandemic Housing System

We have not yet seen the full health or economic effects of COVID-19 but, for many reasons the rental sector will almost certainly be where many of Australia’s big challenges sit.

Looking forward, what do we know about Australian renters? How did they fare in the pandemic? And what lessons can we take for our post-pandemic housing system?

Jointly funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australia’s largest dataset of tenant households and their living conditions, the Australian Rental Housing Conditions Dataset (ARHCD) was collected in mid-2020.

The ARHCD was designed to meet the needs of the research and policy community for robust, nation-wide data on housing conditions and tenant characteristics. Not only does it provide the most current and comprehensive data collection of the Australian rental sector, but the addition of a dedicated COVID-19 module also allows us important insight into the experiences and effects of the pandemic across the renter population

In advance of the public release of this dataset, we invited leading thinkers from housing, economics, policy, urban planning, and epidemiology to explore the data, and tell the pressing stories. Join our panel for the discussion, including;

Professor Emma Baker (Facilitator), Program Director, Building A City for the Future, Stretton Institute

Professor Michelle Baddeley, Associate Dean, Research and Development, UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney 

Professor Steven Rowley, Director, AHURI-Curtin Research Centre, Curtin University

Associate Professor Andi Nygaard, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Wendy Stone, Director, AHURI-Swinburne Research Centre, Swinburne University

Professor Rebecca Bentley, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

Dr Lyrian Daniel, Research Fellow, Housing and Healthy Cities Research Group, School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide

Professor Kerry London, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Torrens University Australia

Dr Amy Clair, Research Fellow, ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, University of Essex


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