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This AHURI COVID-19 research project is led by Professor Steven Rowley, Curtin University, with significant inputs from the University of Adelaide. Its focus is on the fact that the housing industry has long been held up as an ideal mechanism for delivering economic stimulus in periods of economic crisis. The project asks what policies are most effective in utilising the industry, does the industry actually have the capacity to respond and what form should this response take?
The economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has placed many in the rental market at risk; they face uncertainty, tenure insecurity and financial hardship. Guided by the needs of policy, this AHURI COVID-19 research project led by Professor Emma Baker rapidly generates a nationwide dataset and essential reporting on the impact of COVID-19 on tenants.
This new AHURI funded project has been funded under AHURI’s special COVID-19 responses funding round. The project is led by Professor Chris Leishman and will deliver the rapid redevelopment of economic / housing system modelling approaches to provide deep policy insights into COVID-19 housing interventions, focussing on impacts to employment, earnings, and outcomes for owners, renters and investors. The economic simulation model will simulate the probable impacts of three principal policy interventions.
Professor Chris Leishman has joined a new international research network in which Professor Duncan Maclennan (University of Glasgow) explores COVID-19 housing recovery policies and innovation across the UK, Canada and Australia. More information can be found in this summary document.
A major AHURI funded inquiry into Population, Migration and Productivity focuses on one of Australia’s most pressing current policy problems. With individual projects due to report in August this year, and an overall Inquiry report by the end of the year, this research will uncover robust statistical evidence on the connections between population change, inter-state and net overseas migration, housing costs and economic productivity. More information can be found on the AHURI web pages.