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State Housing New Zealand

State Housing New Zealand

Great stories piece on State Housing in New Zealand. Only 4% of total stock but has been an essential part of the fabric since 1906. The first ‘worker’s dwellings’ in Petone, that was Wellington region’s first colonial settlements and already home to a fortified Māori village, known as a pa. https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/state-housing/

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What is Research?

What is Research?

‘Research’ is a term that covers a multitude of activities, but in one way or another they are all about finding things out. At one level this can mean simply collecting information, so that an evening spent on the internet looking up holiday options is a form of research. But at another level research involves […]

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2 years on: Is the Housing Affordability crisis still a crisis?

2 years on: Is the Housing Affordability crisis still a crisis?

Here’s part of an article I wrote for the main online NZ media outlet stuff.co.nz on housing affordability prior to the 2017 election… Talk of a housing “crisis” tends to focus on an increasing number of people not being able to afford good quality, affordable housing – whether through owner-occupation, private renting or social renting. Affordability […]

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Crowdfunding real estate

Crowdfunding real estate

In  a journal paper we argue that Disruptive Innovation Theory indicates that there is disruptive potential of Real Estate Crowd-Funding (RECF). As an excerpt…”RECF seems to generally align with the classic characteristics of disruptive innovations…RECF may potentially improve accessibility and affordability of real estate finance, thereby helping to address the problem of shortage of real […]

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Improving water quality with rural land use policy: (re)balancing farmland regulation, intensification and financial viability

Improving water quality with rural land use policy: (re)balancing farmland regulation, intensification and financial viability

              Policymakers in New Zealand are attempting to achieve improved environmental outcomes by implementing an output-based approach to non-point-source pollution from intensive agricultural production. Initial emphasis has focused on the nitrogen leached, with the assumption that this can be calculated accurately on an individual-property basis. While catchment-wide nitrogen-loss levels are […]

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My New Edited Book - Routledge Companion to Real Estate Development

My New Edited Book – Routledge Companion to Real Estate Development

                          Real estate development shapes the way people live and work, playing a crucial role in determining our built environment. Around the world, real estate development reflects both universal human needs and region-specific requirements, and with the rise of globalization there is an […]

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Solutions to the housing crisis – Housing Associations in the Private Rented Sector?

            How do housing stakeholders align future private and public spending to identify investment opportunities and help meet the City’s broader economic and spatial planning priorities – through the private rented sector?The private rented sector represents a growing proportion of the housing market nationally and locally and the only housing option for many households priced […]

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Community self-build schemes enabling holistic solutions for ex-servicemen

              It is worth looking at the impact of community self-build schemes, especially as many have helped ex-service personnel rehabilitate whilst gaining new skills. Promotion of this type of scheme can encourage and inform future projects and to gain political and financial support. Schemes often involve ex-service personnel encountering difficulties in adapting […]

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Tax Increment Financing

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an urban policy for spatially targeted economic development initiatives

Urban policy transfer between the US and UK has long been of interest to researchers and practitioners. Given the recent wider context of reduced direct funding and the absence of a coherent regeneration policy, the introduction of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to the UK is one approach of stimulating spatially targeted economic development initiatives. Questions are raised […]

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Socially Responsible Property Investment (SRPI) as the new sustainable development growth model

In examining the effectiveness of the investment practice known as ‘Socially Responsible Property Investment’ (SRPI), funds and developers make special claims for their regeneration schemes, namely, that they deliver enhanced social benefits. But what in regeneration practice distinguishes SRPI from the actual priorities and behaviours of investors and developers in the sub-sector? Plus what are SRPI regeneration schemes moving […]

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Low Demand Neighbourhoods – Housing Market Renewal Experience

I completed a PhD from the University of Manchester (2009), that predominantly focused on exploring the drivers and dynamics associated with what I termed ‘low demand neighbourhoods’ – those areas (particularly those in industrially restructuring cities) that have had high void rates, high population turnover, low value and heavy out-migration. Along side this was a […]

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