Arguing early on that markets are driven by psychological and social factors rather than fundamental values. Especially in later editions that consider housing market bubbles.
Compelling historical critique of the neoliberal project of free(er) markets that has dominated contemporary thinking and practice.
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 […]
One of the first to crystallise thinking of city economies working as hierarchies in a global system
Ten years after the Global Financial Crisis, this research examines how resilience theory and rhetoric relating to the economy and housing markets has been translated into policy and practice. The methodology involves a case study of a city (Auckland) with a nationally dominant housing market and high unaffordability. Via secondary literature and a series of interviews we analyse questions connected to resilience […]
The latest Massey University Home Affordability Report shows most regions of New Zealand have declined in affordability over the most recent quarter, as well as over the past 12 months. The only exceptions are Otago (which excludes the expensive Central Otago Lakes region), which improved by a modest 1.9 per […]
The Massey Home Affordability Index takes into account the cost of borrowing as well as house prices and wage levels. This March quarter has seen an improvement in national affordability driven mainly by the fall in house price levels in seven regions. Overall, home affordability improved by 7.0% in this quarter with some improvement in […]
The Massey Affordability Index takes into account the cost of borrowing as well as house prices and wage levels. This December quarter has seen a decline in affordability driven mainly by the continued spillover of the Auckland house price levels into the regions. Overall, home affordability declined by 2.8% in this quarter with some big […]
Neighbourhoods within area-based initiatives that are engaged with regeneration and renewal often experience difficulties of poverty, disadvantage and deprivation. Furthermore, the experience of function or dysfunction is also important when exploring neighbourhoods undergoing transformation. Functioning ‘norms’ could enable residents within particular neighbourhoods to have equal opportunities of […]
The last 15 years has seen significant changes in the location, type, delivery and design of urban housing in the United Kingdom – with significant steps towards viewing better design as a central policy objective. This period has also seen the market provide a huge number of high density […]
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 […]