Profound global demographic and economic shifts - particularly international flows of people and capital - are reshaping the urban system. These shifts impose new burdens on the ageing urban infrastructure of 20th Century cities, such as Sydney, which have struggled to accommodate population growth and change. Economically successful global cities that attract high income earners for their unique amenity and accessibility, face particular challenges as housing prices rise, displacing younger knowledge and keyworker groups.

While many global cities including New York and London, regard affordability as a critical component of urban infrastructure, in Sydney, affordable housing has struggled to gain policy traction. Wider questions about the capacity for the existing housing stock - particularly larger homes in outer suburban locations - to accommodate population growth and change - remain unanswered.

The Lab

The Urban Housing Lab@Sydney is funded under the Henry Halloran Trust's research incubator scheme. The Lab aims to develop a research platform for examining housing market dynamics in Sydney, and potential levers for change. Led by Professor Nicole Gurran (urban policy and housing) and Dr Somwrita Sarkar (complex networks, computational models), research fostered within the Incubator connects to wider scholarship on urban governance, planning, infrastructure, the housing market and big-data analytics, while distilling key implications for policy and practice.