Melbourne is facing rapid population growth and a severe housing affordability crisis. Home purchase is among the least affordable in the world and there is an acute shortage of low-cost rental housing1,2. House price growth has driven dramatic increases in wealth inequality in Australia in the last two decades as more affluent households benefited from increased property values while lower income households saw large increases in their rental and mortgage payments3. For low-income households, rising affordability stress constrains access to jobs and essential services, negatively impacts on physical and mental health, and increases the risk of homelessness4. The combined pressures of population growth, demographic change, sustainability imperatives and equity challenges are driving an urgent need to better understand and deliver affordable housing in Australia.
Melbourne Research Capability
The Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative brings together researchers from architecture, urban planning, property economics, public health, geography, economics and sociology to acknowledge the complexity of housing systems and their role in supporting or inhibiting sustainability, social justice and economic stability.
We are building a critical mass of affordable housing scholarship to shape international academic debate and respond to contemporary housing problems.
Our research will facilitate cross-disciplinary connections and foster new and innovative collaborative research into the provision of quality housing: its design, planning, affordability, accessibility and use.
Our research in housing affordability will make a positive contribution to social inclusion and equity, addressing changing demographic patterns and furthering sustainable approaches to urban development.
Our mix of expertise and evidence is generating integrated solutions to identified and emerging problems of housing markets and social inequality, the quality and amenity of living environments, urban intensification and sustainability, and the management of growth.
Using internationally established formats such as Housing Expos, we can demonstrate what can be achieved, with the aim of affecting positive changes across the housing system.
Researchers will collaborate with government, industry, not-for-profit and community stakeholders to develop, evaluate and provide an evidence base for solutions to contemporary issues. Research outputs will be disseminated through publications, public events, workshops and research symposia.
The Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative will also serve as a platform for promoting, generating and extending new and existing affordable housing scholarship at the University of Melbourne. We will host seed-funding rounds to support new research and inter-disciplinary partnerships.
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Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning
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The Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative will generate and support a wide range of research directly related to Affordable Housing across four themes.
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Seed Funding Round 1 (2019): Call for Proposals
The Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative will fund a series of research projects in 2019 that bring together researchers from across the University to explore topics related to affordable housing. The funds will be awarded from a total pool of $55,000 and will aim to generate new knowledge, insights, teams, impact and ideas.
The Seed Funding Program may allocate internal funds of up to $15,000 per research project and is designed to encourage cross-faculty collaboration.
The round is now open and closes (5pm) Friday 12 July 2019.
The Seed Funding Q&A on Thursday 30 May, 2-4pm will be a chance to meet the steering committee and fellow researchers and learn more about the Initiative. We will discuss eligibility requirements for the seed funding and answer any questions about the seed funding and Initiative more broadly.
The formal discussion will be followed by refreshments and a chance to connect with colleagues and potential collaborators.
Affordable Housing HRI Launch, 21 May 2019
The launch event brought together experts from across the University of Melbourne and key government, industry and not-for-profit champions of affordable housing.
The program included the announcement of seed funding opportunities associated with the Initiative.
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