New South Wales


Policy in the Pub: The future of housing policy and urban planning


From: Thursday August 24, 2017, 6:15 pm

To: Thursday August 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

This August, the Young Economist Network (YEN) NSW will be hosting Policy in the Pub: The future of housing policy and urban planning.  Please join us as we talk with Nicole Gurran (USyd) and Hal Pawson (UNSW) about urban planning and housing policy issues for NSW, and the policy tools that we can use to address them. 

This will be a great opportunity to engage with two leading Professors on one of the most topical issues in NSW and connect with other economists.

We intend this to be a free-flowing discussion, with possible topics including:

  • Housing affordability
  • Social housing
  • Urban renewal
  • Connectivity and urban infrastructure
  • Planning for climate change


Date     Thursday 24 August    
Time   From 6.30pm till 7.30pm
Venue   The Local Taphouse, 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Cost   Free to members and $10 for non members (join now!) - includes canapes and great conversation!
RSVP    Registration closes Tuesday 22 August

Please look to arrive at 6.15pm for registration purposes.

Special Guests

Professor Nicole Gurran

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, where she leads Urban Housing Lab@Sydney and directs the University’s AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) research centre. Nicole’s research focuses on intersections between urban planning and the housing system and she has led and collaborated on a series of studies on aspects of urban policy, housing, sustainability and planning, funded by AHURI, the Australian Research Council (ARC), as well as state and local government. Recent studies have included AHURI Inquiries on affordable housing supply (2016-17); housing markets, economic productivity, and risk (2014) and planning system performance (2012), as well as an ARC Discovery Project on the impact of urban regulation on housing affordability in Australian cities and regions (2011-2014).  She has authored and co-authored numerous publications and books including Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong, with Nick Gallent and Rebecca Chiu (Routledge, July 2016),  Australian Urban Land Use Planning: Principles, Policy, and Practice (2011), and Urban Planning and the housing market (2017, Palgrave, with Glen Bramley).  


Professor Hal Pawson

Hal Pawson joined UNSW in 2011 as a Professor of Housing Research and Policy and as Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre. His key interests include the governance and management of social housing, private rental markets and urban renewal. Both in his current role and previously at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University (1995-2011), Hal has extensive experience in leading policy-related housing research commissioned by national governments and funding agencies. His prolific record of academic publication includes numerous journal papers and three co-authored books – most recently After Council Housing: Britain’s New Social Landlords (2010). He is a member of the Australasian Housing Institute, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing, and Managing Editor (Australasia) for the highly-rated international journal Housing Studies.









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The Local Taphouse

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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