Ideas for Australian Cities

A key goal of governments is to provide their citizens with cities that are healthy, liveable and economically successful.


The Ideas for Australian Cities Program bring together thinkers, researchers and policymakers to understand what makes a city great. It will ask:

  • What kind of city do we want to be beyond 2030?
  • What are the priorities of action and change? and 
  • How can we monitor success?

For more information, contact the Ideas for Australian Cities research program director:

Professor Emma Baker

If you’re renting, chances are your home is cold. With power prices soaring, here’s what you can do to keep warm

If you’re feeling the cold this winter, you’re not alone. About a quarter of all Australians have trouble keeping their homes warm enough in winter. That figure is likely to soar this year, due to poor quality housing and the rapidly escalating energy crisis.

Read this article co-authored by Professor Emma Baker and Lyrian Daniel in full on The Conversation.


Stability and security: the keys to closing the mental health gap between renters and home owners

That renters have poorer mental health than home owners is well-documented. But how much of this is due to being in rental accommodation itself, rather than other factors such as lower incomes?

Read this article co-authored by Professor Emma Baker in full on The Conversation.

Supporting Australia's Housing System: Modelling Pandemic Policy Responses

AHURI Report No. 346 | Chris Leishman, Rachel Ong, Laurence Lester and Weidong Liang

This report considered the economic literature relating to pandemics and modelled a range of related economic outcomes on employment and unemployment by sector and on the housing outcomes of homeowners, private renters, and small investor landlords in Australia from late 2020 and through 2021.

Post Pandemic Landlord-Renter Relationships in Australia

AHURI Report No. 344 | David Oswald, Tirvess Moore and Emma Baker

This report examined the mental and economic wellbeing of landlords and tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a number of policy recommendations to support landlord-tenant relationships.

Mould and damp health costs are about 3 times those of sugary drinks. We need a healthy housing agenda

Australia is behind the eight ball on healthy housing. We do housing and we do health, but they sit in different portfolios of government and aren’t together in the (policy) room often enough.

Read this article co-authored by Professor Emma Baker in full on The Conversation.

Renting in the Time of COVID-19: Understanding the Impacts

AHURI Report No. 340 | Emma Baker, Rebecca Bentley, Andrew Beer, Lyrian Daniel

This report examined the circumstances for Australian renters during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lock-downs in July and August 2020. The report identified challenges in the rental sector and give insights into how the rental market is performing.

Why More Housing Stimulus will be need to Sustain Revocery

In response to the COVID-19 recession, federal, state and territory governments quickly provided support to the housing industry. New research shows further housing stimulus measures will be essential to help drive economic recovery into 2021 and beyond.

Read this article co-authored by Professor Chris Leishman in full on The Conversation.

Well May We Dwell

March 2021 | Research Tuesdays lecture by Professor Emma Baker (Research Program Director, Ideas for Australian Cities), Dr Michael Fortheringham (AHURI) and Peter Koulizos (The University of Adelaide)