The key aim of my research is to provide evidence-based recommendations to governments that influence policy-making and improve peoples’ lives. One of my strongest focus areas is tenant outcomes in public housing redevelopment, but I am also interested in peoples’ lived experience of energy poverty, and how different kinds of policies impact vulnerable households.
My research is important because it has a very human face and because it advocates for people who are often voiceless. Through direct interviews, I can build a comprehensive picture of how certain policies impact people in their day-to-day lives and are likely to impact their lives into the future.
I approach my work with a strong social justice angle with the aim of making the system fairer and more equal. I worked in the not-for-profit sector before coming to academia, so I understand deeply how policies can either improve or have detrimental impacts on households.
Multigeneration Households, adult children living at home
Public estate regeneration
Energy poverty & deprivation
Ageing in place
Field of Research (FoR)
Edgar is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Built Environment's City Futures Research Centre. He joined the Centre in April 2009 soon after completing his PhD in cultural geography (also at the University of New South Wales). His research primarily focuses on assessing the effectiveness of public housing estate regeneration in Australia; service integration and Indigenous housing; affordable housing; housing choice...view more
Edgar is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Built Environment's City Futures Research Centre. He joined the Centre in April 2009 soon after completing his PhD in cultural geography (also at the University of New South Wales). His research primarily focuses on assessing the effectiveness of public housing estate regeneration in Australia; service integration and Indigenous housing; affordable housing; housing choice decision-making; and concepts of community and place.
- 2009 - PhD (Geography), UNSW
- 2001 - B Sc (Applied Economic Geography) Hons I, UNSW
- Research Excellence Award 2017 – Level B – Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wale
- 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence – Commendation in Cutting edge research and teaching (with Robert Freestone) – Planning Institute Australia (NSW chapter)
- Built Environment Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Level A) 2013 – Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales
My Research Supervision
In the media
- 26 November: The rise of the middle-aged share house, UNSW Newsroom, Ben Knight
- 28 July: 'Space is sometimes an issue': High property prices reshape Sydney households, Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew Taylor
- 30 May: Talkback - modern family, choosing multi-generational living, Life Matters, Hilary Harper [Apple podcast]
- 14 May: Almost one in five in their late 20s still living with the folks, ABC Radio AM, Lexi Metherell
- 9 November: Speaking with: Chris Ho and Edgar Liu about diversity and high density in our cities, The Conversation, Dallas Rogers [Apple Podcast]
- 5 November: Low Carbon Homes for Low Income Households, Sourceable, Andrew Heaton
- 4 October: All together now, Inside Out Magazine, November 2018 issue, Johanna Leggatt
- 26 September: Diversity and Cities, City Road Podcast, Dallas Rogers
- 23 August: Boomers are crawling back to their children’s nests, Your Mortgage, Gerv Tacadena
- 22 August: Is a multigenerational home the way of the future? The pros and cons, Better Homes and Gardens, Laura Barry
- 20 August: Stupid house prices are forcing baby boomers to move back in with their kids, Vice, Gavin Butler
- 20 August: Multi-generational living: Why young Aussies are moving back home or not leaving, ABC News, Grace Jennings-Edquist
- 19 August: Baby boomers move in with adult kids as multi-generational housing trend changes how we live, ABC News, Charlotte Hamlyn
- 17 May: live radio interview, 2SER – Breakfast, Tess Connery
- 27 April: More than one-fifth of Australians in their mid 20s still live at home with parents: survey, Domain, Tawar Razaghi
- 2 March: live radio interview, 3AW – Drive, Tom Elliot
- 24 February: Multi-generational homes are changing the way we live, realestate.com.au, Astrid Taemets
- 8 February: live radio interview, ABC Sydney – Drive, Rosemarie Milsom
- 5 February: Communicating in vertical villages, Dockland News, Jannette Corcoran
- 11 September: Multi-generational households on the rise, Sunrise, Shaun White
- 2 August: Multi-Generation Accommodation, Seven News, Chris Reason
- 13 July: live radio interview, ABC Sydney – Mornings, James O’Loghlin
- 13 July: More Australian adult children are living at home, census data shows, Domain, Christina Zhou
- 12 July: Petrol or power bills: energy costs hitting low income households, Life Matters, Amanda Smith
- 11 July: live radio interview, Breakfast (ABC South East), Simon Lauder
- 1 May: How the rise of multigenerational living is changing the way we build housing, Domain, Andrea Black
- 22 April: Tensions arise amid Sydney's apartment boom, Strait Times, Jonathan Pearlman
- 7 February: Empty your nest of adult children, Herald Sun, Susie O’Brien
- 5 December: live radio interview, Breakfast (ABC Ballarat), Steve Martin
- 2 December: pre-recorded radio interview, Breakfast (ABC Far North Queensland), Meecham Philpott
- 2 December: live radio interview, Rhema’s Morning Show (NZ), Luke Weston
- 30 November: Why do adult children stay at home, 2UE, Tim Webster
- 29 November: The how and why of ‘kidults’, 2SER, Tess Connery
- 28 November: What to do when your kids won’t leave home, Sydney Morning Herald, Jenna Price
- 28 November: live television interview, ABC News 24, Gemma Veness
- 28 November, live radio interview, 6PR, Adam Shand
- 28 November: live radio interview, ABC Hobart Drive, Louise Saunders
- 28 November: Multigenerational living didn’t originate with Gen Ys, book shows, ABC The World Today, Imogen Brennan
- 24 October: Everyone under the one roof: discussing multigenerational living with Dr Edgar Liu and Anne Hollonds, RN Nightlife, Dominic Knight
- 2 August: Finding our “place” in Australia’s cities, UNSW Newsroom, Myles Gough
- 16 July: We adapt, so multi-gen living is growing, The Northern Star, John McGrath
- 29 April: Extended families changing home design in Australia, RN Drive – The Drawing Room, Barbara Heggen
- 27 April: Multigenerational homes on the increase, RN Drive – The Drawing Room, Patricia Karvelas
- 5 September: Designing your house for three generations makes a lot of sense, The Australia, Michelle Singer
- 8 August: Granny flats and dual-key apartments surging in popularity, Financial Review, Sue Williams
- 10 March: live radio interview, 4BC Afternoons, Clare Blake
- 20 February: How to live with the in-laws and keep your sanity, The Daily Telegraph Home Magazine, Mercedes Maguire
- 1 December: Multigenerational households in Australia, Domain, Carolyn Boyd
- 21 July: Housing the whole family: one-in-five homes now multi-generational, The Daily Telegraph, Brendan Wong
- 4 February: Home is where the history is as empty nesters resist downsizing, Domain, Lane Sainty
- 28 November: Multi-generational housing is on the rise, Sydney Morning Herald, James Robertson & Alexia Attwood
- 11 September: A generation caught in the middle, Sydney Morning Herald, Kate Jones
- 6 July: Downsizing is looking up, Sydney Morning Herald, Antony Lawes
- 3 June: Crowded house: extended families make a come-back, Coming of Age, online blog, Adele Horin
- 11 April: It’s all relative, as research reveals generations living together, The Australian, Natasha Robinson
- 29 November: Multi-generational households on the rise in Sydney, SBS Podcasts, Murray Silby
- 14 June: The sandwich generation, Sydney Morning Herald, Julie Power
- 3 March: Kids too comfy to want to leave home, Australian Financial Review, Rebecca Thistleton
- 15 June: Building as a family bloc: Multi-generational living thrive as prices go through the roof, Courier-Mail, Michelle Hele
Ageing & Society [2018-20, International Editorial Advisor]
Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) [2014-15, Secretary]
- Sustainable Built Environments Conference international scientific committee (2016)
- Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation scientific committee (2015)
- Australian Planner special issue, (Re)constituting Urban Research in a Neo-liberal Planning Climate (2015)
- Ageing & Society
- Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
- Australian Geographer
- Court of Conscience
- Energy & Buildings
- Geographical Research
- Housing Studies
- Housing, Theory and Society
- Journal of Design and Built Environment
- Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
- Local Environment
- The International Journal of Housing Policy
- Women's Studies International Forum
Invited panels (non-academic):
- 2019: Identifying locational drivers of disadvantage, Catholic Social Services Australia, 26 September
- 2019: Developing a shared contemporary vision and narrative that defines a sustainable and effective housing system for New South Wales: Consultation workshop, Shelter NSW, 13 September
- 2018: Public hearing of the Senate Inquiry hearing into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties) Bill 2018, Park Royal Hotel, Melbourne Airport, 30 October
- 2018: Evaluation of housing complex and housing complex regeneration, Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Nagoya, Japan
- 2018: National Forum - Low Carbon Housing for Low Income Households, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living
- 2017-18: AskIzzy open data platform alpha/beta testing, InfoXchange
- 2017-18: EnviroRental Expert Panel, University of Wollongong
- 2016: Targeted consultation: Environmental future funding package, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
- 2015: Inquiry into Housing decisions of older Australians, Productivity Commission
Other invited presentations:
Easthope, H., Liu, E., Judd, B. and Burnley, I. (2014) “Feeling at home in a multigenerational household: The importance of control”, BE seminar, Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, 18 June 2014.
Judd, B. and Liu, E. (2016) “Feeling the heat of energy poverty: Income barriers to low carbon living”, CRC for Low Carbon Living 2016 Participants Annual Forum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 15-16 November 2016.
Liu, E. (2011) “Transitioning to post-study roles: What not to do”, Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference postgraduate symposium, Wollongong, New South Wales, 3 July 2011
Liu, E. (2017) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, Friends of the Earth Bill Busters campaign launch, The Settlement, Redfern, New South Wales, 11 March 2017.
Liu, E. (2017) “Trust and opportunities”, CRCLCL Roadshow Engaging community and facilitating change, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and Sydney Coastal Councils Group, Parramatta, New South Wales, 20 October 2017.
Liu, E. (2018) “Ageing in multi-generational households”, New agency: Owning your future, Design Hub, RMIT University & Sibling Architecture, 31 August 2018.
Liu, E. (2018) “Displacement without relocation: The impacts of council amalgamations on place attachment, sense of belonging and resident outcomes”, People and Place Research Cluster, Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, 23 May 2018.
Liu, E. (2018) “Energy Efficiency Decision-Making in the NSW Social Housing Sector”, Energy Efficiency Decision Making Node Steering Committee meeting, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 3 December 2017.
Liu, E. (2018) “Energy Efficiency Decision-Making in the NSW Social Housing Sector”, CRCLCL Affordable and Social Housing roadshow, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, UNSW Sydney, 11 December 2018.
Liu, E. (2018) “Lifting the energy efficiency standards of low-cost rentals”, UNSW Climate Change Week: BE pecha kucha, 19 October.
Liu, E. (2018) “Low-income households and the energy conundrum”, National Forum on Low Carbon Homes for Low Income Households, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, University of Wollongong, 8 August 2018.
Liu, E. (2018) “Policies & actions to address energy poverty”, Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference, UNSW Sydney, 7-8 November (invited panellist, session: Energy poverty in the Asia Pacific).
Liu, E. (2018) “Social mix and relocation strategies”, Waterloo Redevelopment Public Forum, Viliganti, Sydney, NSW, 3 October 2018.
Liu, E. (2019) “Ageing in multigenerational households”, 2019 UNSW Ageing Futures Institute Symposium, Sydney, 11 December 2019.
Liu, E. (2019) “Assessing people outcomes of public housing estate renewals: Two case studies from suburban Sydney, Australia”, collaborative workshop on urban renewal, Fukuoka, Kyushu University, 6-9 March 2019.
Liu, E. (2019) “Energy efficiency in lower income households: Opportunities and challenges”, Australia India Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Smart Energy Management, UNSW Sydney, 29 March 2019.
Liu, E. (2019) “More energy efficient affordable housing” [poster], Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future Research Showcase, UNSW Energy Institute, 11 November 2019.
Liu, E. (2019) “Multigenerational living as a housing option for the aged in Australia”, Sydney Design Festival (A Multi-Generational Future), Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, 4 March.
Liu, E. and Easthope, H. (2016) “Multigenerational family living: Evidence and policy implications from Australia”, People and Place Research Cluster, Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW, 9 June 2016.
Liu, E. and Judd, B. (2016) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, UNSW Climate Change Week: BE pecha kucha, 14 October.
Liu, E. and Judd, B. (2017) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, Energy Consumers Australia Board Stakeholder Forum, Sydney, New South Wales, 23 August 2017. [VoxPop]
Liu, E. and Judd, B. (2017) “Lower income barriers to low carbon living”, The Salvation Army, Redfern, New South Wales, 23 August 2017.