Researcher

Professor Hal Pawson

My key interests are housing policy, homelessness and urban renewal. Much of my work involves analysing aspects of our current housing system that are underperforming in social, socio-economic or financial terms. The results of such problems, all too evident in contemporary Australia, include impaired urban productivity as well as rising homelessness, rental stress and broader inequality.
 
My approach draws on my early UK career in housing practice and benefits from a strong understanding of comparative approaches to housing problems in many countries. The studies I initiate analyse residential property market processes and evaluate government initiatives to address issues of concern such as Australia’s intensifying shortage of affordable housing. As well as yielding conceptual insights, my projects generate practical recommendations for policy and tax system reforms. Since joining UNSW in 2011 I have led numerous research initiatives including several major studies funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and by the Australian Research Council.
 
My research-informed post-graduate courses in Urban Renewal and Housing are popular electives with students from several UNSW Built Environment programs, especially City Planning and Architecture. 

My Expertise

Housing policy

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Hal Pawson is Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. In this role he has led several major research projects funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and by the Australian Research Council (ARC). Hal’s key interests include private rental housing, social and affordable housing, and urban renewal. Before moving to Sydney, Hal worked at Heriot-Watt...view more

Hal Pawson is Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. In this role he has led several major research projects funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and by the Australian Research Council (ARC). Hal’s key interests include private rental housing, social and affordable housing, and urban renewal. Before moving to Sydney, Hal worked at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1995-2011.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Affordable housing
 
Private rental housing
 
Housing markets
 
Urban regeneration and renewal

Currently supervising

Rupa Ganguli - PhD thesis title: Role of the rental market in satisfying immigrant demand in Sydney
 
Jin Zhu - PhD thesis title: Housing affordability and urban form - the case of Shanghai

My Engagement

In the Media

Pawson, H. (2015, August 6). Experts set to address Far North Coast housing issues. The Northern Star. Retrieved from http://thenorthernstar.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Pawson, H. (2015, July 22). The Australians Who Prefer to Rent Not Buy. SMH/ Domain. Retrieved from http://www.domain.com.au/news/the-australians-who-prefer-to-rent-not-buy-20150721-gigib6/

Pawson, H. (2015, July 17). Australia’s Housing Debate. 2SER Radio. Retrieved from http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/16758-australia-s-housing-debate

Pawson, H. (2015, July 2). Could First Home Buyers be the new Drawcard for Developments? News.com.au. Retrieved from http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/could-first-home-buyers-be-the-new-drawcard-for-developments/story-fncq3era-1227425561021?sv=8745e9207586e0a47cb46849c4f93be9

Pawson, H. (2015, June 26). The geography of homelessness. Geographical Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.geographical.co.uk/places/cities/item/1132-the-geography-of-homelessness

Pawson, H. (2015, June 25). Victoria Considers Introducing 10 years Rental Leases. ABC Radio. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4261718.htm

Pawson, H. (2015, June 24). Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan. Gladstone Observer. Retrieved from http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/tackling-housing-unaffordability-10-point-national/2684187/

Pawson, H. (2015, March 20). Affordable housing solution. The Canberra Times. 

Pawson, H. (2015, March 20). Super funds tipped for cheap rentals. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/unlocking-super-solution-to-affordable-housing-20150317-1m0wej.html

Pawson, H. (2015, February 4). Homelessness more widespread than official figures show, charities warn. BBC News UK. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31108799

Pawson, H. (2015, February 4). Homelessness ‘on the rise’ amid cuts to benefits. The Telegraph UK. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11388376/Homelessness-on-the-rise-amid-cuts-to-benefits.html

Pawson, H. (2014, December 19). Australia Needs More than Dense Housing Arguments. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-more-than-dense-housing-arguments-35372

Pawson, H. (2014, December 15). New generation of boarding houses go upmarket. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-generation-boarding-houses-leave-traditional-tenants-out-in-the-cold-20141212-125zl9.html

Pawson, H. (2014, November 16). Demand for public housing increases with sell-off. The Sun Herald. Retrieved from http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-sun-herald/20141116/281702613010680/TextView

Pawson, H. (2014, November 15). Western Sydney’s overheated housing market. SBS World News. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yERN5WmxL9U&index=1&list=PLMKtooDEad33JDXhG4h4Z75JoguWpsP7n

Pawson, H. (2014, March 20). Should we be selling public housing? The Project. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzyJYtQQ-w4

Pawson, H. (2013, May 7). Tenancy reviews don't cut waiting list. The Age.  Retrieved from http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/tenancy-reviews-dont-cut-waiting-list-20130506-2j3gk.html

Pawson, H. (2012, July 1). Homeless run up $100 million hotel bill. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/homeless-run-up-100-million-hotel-bill-20120630-219d2.html

 

Membership

Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing

Managing Editor (Australasia), Housing Studies


My Teaching

Program leader: Master of Urban Renewal and Housing

Course leader: Housing Policy and Finance; Housing Management and Markets; Urban Renewal

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Contact

+61 2 93855078

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