Australian launch: the International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics

In late 2006 the AHURI-RMIT Research Centre was invited to become a partner in the International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics (ICHUE) that has seed funding from Britain’s Department of Communities and Local Government.

The centre partners are Uppsala University (Sweden), Delft University (Netherlands) and Reading University (Britain), the last of these being the lead organisation. ICHUE was launched in London (February 2007), and was attended by Professors Berry, Dalton and Wood. The ICHUE has used some of the finance that has been attracted from the British government to fund (£17,000) a programme of research by Professors Fry and Wood into the factors shaping rental investment decisions. We now propose to sponsor an Australian launch of ICHUE in Melbourne during the second half of 2007. An invitation will be extended to Professor G. Meen, the director of ICHUE, to deliver the launch’s keynote address. Professor Fry and Wood will present a paper based on their programme of research. The remaining programme will be developed in consultation with the Victorian State Government, who have been approached as a participant and potential sponsor. The occasion will be used as an opportunity to establish links between the centre and the Department of Real Estate at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr Yong Tu of NUS and Professor Wood have collaborated on research projects over many years. Dr Yong Tu will also be invited to present at the launch. Outputs include the web publication of papers under the discussion paper series sponsored by ICHUE on its website.

This follows a practice established at the London launch of ICHUE. The collaboration with our ICHUE partners has already resulted in an ARC Discovery grant application in the most recent round, in addition to the programme of research Professors Fry and Wood have been conducting. The Australian launch is an opportunity to maintain that momentum, and expand on existing links with the Business portfolio at RMIT University, where much of the relevant intellectual capital resides. Expanding such links could be of wider significance to the Global Cities Institute, given the growing interest in market based mechanisms to address climate change and linked environmental concerns, public policy responses that are grounded in the Business disciplines, and Economics and Finance in particular.

Start By 29 June 2007
Completed By 29 December 2007
Researcher(s) Gavin Wood
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia