Duncan works in the UK, Australia and Canada and lives at Kingsburg, Nova Scotia and Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an applied economist interested in housing, infrastructure, neighbourhoods, cities and regions. He directed the UK’s Centre for Housing Research from 1983-2003, has held academic posts in the UK and the USA and senior government posts in Scotland, Australia (Victoria) and the federal government of Canada. He is Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow and Professorial Fellow at City Futures, UNSW, Sydney.
The failures of Australia’s fragmented and ineffective housing policy are accumulating — governments should take heed or pay a political cost. Continue reading »
Recent discussion has highlighted how rising house prices are rationing growing numbers of younger Australians into rental housing and lifestyle choices falling short of aspirations. Now there are warnings that future falling homeownership rates across most age cohorts could hit the NSW Government’s budget balance. Continue reading »