Think tank: adapting housing aspirations and expectations on the coastal suburban and regional fringe

The ‘Adapting Housing Aspirations and Expectations on the Coastal Suburban and Regional Fringe’ Think Tank was developed to establish a dialogue between local and state government, academics, communities and the housing industry around the changing aspirations and expectations associated with residential development, and their implications for climate change adaptation. In addition the Think Tank aimed to explore actions required, potential collaborative relationships, the role of government, and areas for further research.

The trend towards larger, detached, energy intensive dwellings in poorly serviced, low-density, urban fringe locations, leaves governments, households and communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The planning and design of new outer urban areas, and the retrofitting of existing ones, affects the extent to which communities can adapt to changing climactic conditions.

Given the multiple and competing objectives of the stakeholders involved in housing provision, the challenge to build communities’ capacity to adapt to change is more complex than attempting to change the ‘attitudes, behaviour, barriers and choices’ of individuals. What is needed is better understanding of the dynamic and integrated processes involved in shaping expectations and aspirations for housing across a range of stakeholders.

The Think Tank focused on the south-east peri-urban and coastal growth region of Melbourne, which contains a large amount of low density greenfield development. This area is potentially highly vulnerable to temperature increases, rainfall decreases, increased bushfire risk and sea level rises as a result of climate change.

Start By 1 November 2011
Completed By 30 April 2012
Funding VCCCAR
Researcher(s) Cecily Maller, Yolande Strengers, Suzie Moloney
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia