Researcher

Dr Edgar Yue Lap Liu

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.

 

My Expertise

Multigeneration Households, adult children living at home

Housing decision-making

Public estate regeneration

Energy poverty & deprivation

Ageing in place

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Biography

Edgar is a 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...view more

Edgar is a 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.


My Qualifications

  • 2009 - PhD (Geography), UNSW
  • 2001 - B Sc (Applied Economic Geography) Hons I, UNSW

My Awards

  • 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

 


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My Engagement

In the media

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2012

2011

  • 15 June: Building as a family bloc: Multi-generational living thrive as prices go through the roof, Courier-Mail, Michelle Hele

 

Memberships

Ageing & Society [2018-20, International Editorial Advisor]

Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) [2014-15, Secretary]

Review committees:

 

Peer review

  • Ageing & Society
  • Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
  • Atmosphere
  • Australian Geographer
  • Cities
  • Court of Conscience
  • Energy & Buildings
  • Geoforum
  • Geographical Research
  • Housing Studies
  • Housing, Theory and Society
  • Journal of Design and Built Environment
  • Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
  • Local Environment
  • Psychogeriatrics
  • The International Journal of Housing Policy
  • Women's Studies International Forum

 

Invited panels (non-academic):

 

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.

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Location

Room 3025, Level 3
Red Centre (West Wing)

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Contact

+61 2 9385 4245
+61 2 9385 5935

Videos

People and Place Research Cluster symposium - Place & Placelessness in the 21st Century City, September 2014
Friends of the Earth Bill Busters campaign launch, The Settlement, Redfern, New South Wales, 11 March 2017
Energy Consumers Australia Board Stakeholder Forum, Sydney, New South Wales, 23 August 2017
Seven News Sydney, 2 August 2017
Session 1 - Edgar Liu "Placelessness and the rigid perception of place identifies"
Lower income barriers to low carbon living
Lower income barriers to low carbon living
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