Professor Gavin Wood

Professor Wood is an Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Research and a Visiting Professor at TU Delft University, Netherlands.

He was previously Director of the RMIT Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and held positions at Murdoch University, Western Australia and the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Professor Wood’s main research interests are in public policy and urban studies, housing finance and labour economics. He has published widely and is currently on the International Editorial Advisory Board of Urban Studies. Gavin Wood has consulted to a number of organisations including: the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the New Zealand Department of Labour, the Office of Fair Trading (WA), the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Australian Commonwealth Government’s National Housing Strategy.

In recent years Professor Wood has developed a number of International Research Collaborations with researchers at Cambridge University (Professor Susan Smith), Dundee University (Dr Beverley Searle), St Andrews University (Professor Duncan MacLennan), Delft University (Dr Marietta Haffner) and the Norwegian Business School (Dr Dag Einer Sommervoll. These collaborations are focused on housing wealth and welfare as well as housing and Productivity.

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Projects

A New Look at the Channels from Housing to Employment Decisions

This project broadens the research around housing and labour supply by addressing the work incentive implications of rising real house values and the fungibility of assets following mortgage innovation and deregulation.

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An Investigation into the Drivers of Housing Supply Responsiveness in Australia

This project estimates and maps the price elasticity of housing supply at a local government area level, providing insights into how various factors affect the speed of housing supply responsiveness to market pressures in Australia.

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News & Blog

Get used to your commute: data confirms houses near jobs are too expensive

Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows.

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Publications

Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK

Wood, G, Smith, S, Cigdem, M and Ong, R 2015, 'Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 201-226.

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Making connections: Housing, productivity and economic development

Maclennan, D., Ong, R., Wood, G. (2015) Making connections: housing, productivity and economic development, AHURI Final Report No. 251, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/251.

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The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes

Barrett, G., Cigdem, M., Whelan, S., Wood, G. (2015) The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes, AHURI Final Report No. 250, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/250.

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Housing Equity Withdrawal in Australia: Prevalence, Patterns and Motivations in Mid-to-late Life

Ong, R, Wood, G, Austen, S, Jefferson, T and Haffner, M 2015, 'Housing equity withdrawal in Australia: Prevalence, patterns and motivations in mid-to-late life', Housing Studies, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 1158-1181.

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Entries and exits from homelessness: A dynamic analysis of the relationship between structural conditions and individual characteristics

Johnson, G, Scutella, R, Tseng, Y and Wood, G 2015, 'Entries and exits from homelessness: a dynamic analysis of the relationship between structural conditions and individual characteristics', AHURI Final Report Series - Project:The interrelationship between structural factors and individual risk factors in explaining homelessness - AHURI Final Report No. 248, vol. 248, pp. 1-67.

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Do Urban House Prices Converge?

Wood, G, Sommervoll, D and De Silva, A 2015, '(In Press) Do urban house prices converge?', Urban Policy and Research , pp. 1-14.

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The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes

Barrett, G, Cigdem, M, Whelan, S and Wood, G 2015, 'The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes - AHURI Positioning Paper No.163', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Positioning Paper Series, vol. 163, pp. 1-64.

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Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

Cigdem, M, Wood, G and Ong, R 2015, 'Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies', AHURI Positioning Paper, vol. 2015May, no. 164, pp. 1-44.

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Asset poverty, precarious housing and ontological security in older age: an Australian case study

Colic-Peisker, V, Ong, R and Wood, G 2014, '(In Press) Asset poverty, precarious housing and ontological security in older age: an Australian case study', International Journal of Housing Policy, pp. 1-20.

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Housing Equity Withdrawal in Australia: Prevalence, Patterns and Motivations in Mid-to-late Life

Ong, R, Wood, G, Austen, S, Jefferson, T and Haffner, M 2015, 'Housing equity withdrawal in Australia: Prevalence, patterns and motivations in mid-to-late life', Housing Studies, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 1158-1181.

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The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001-11

ood, G., Batterham, D., Cigdem, M. and Mallett, S. (2015) The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001–11, AHURI Final Report No. 238, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne..

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Urban growth boundaries and their impact on land prices

Ball, M, Cigdem, M, Taylor, E and Wood, G 2014, 'Urban growth boundaries and their impact on land prices', Environment and Planning A, vol. 46, no. 12, pp. 3010-3026.

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Housing affordability dynamics: New insights from the last decade

Wood, G., Ong, R. and Cigdem, M. (2015) Factors shaping the dynamics of housing affordability in Australia 2001–11, AHURI Final Report No. 244, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne

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Factors shaping the decision to become a landlord and retain rental investments

Wood, G and Ong, R 2010, 'Factors shaping the decision to become a landlord and retain rental investments', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Final Report Series, pp. 1-63.

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Housing older Australians: Loss of homeownership and pathways into housing assistance

Ong, R, Wood, G and Colic-Peisker, V 2014, '(In Press) Housing older Australians: Loss of homeownership and pathways into housing assistance', Urban Studies, pp. 1-22.

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Housing equity withdrawal: Uses, risks, and barriers to alternative mechanisms in later life

Ong, R, Jefferson, T, Wood, G, Haffner, M and Austen, S 2013, 'Housing equity withdrawal: uses, risks, and barriers to alternative mechanisms in later life', AHURI Final Report, no. 217, pp. 1-101.

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Financial measures of the non-shelter benefits of neighbourhood renewal programs; a quasi-experimental approach

Wood, G and Cigdem, M 2013, 'Financial Measures of the Non-shelter Benefits of Neighbourhood Renewal Programs A Quasi-Experimental Approach', in Steven Rowley, Rachel Ong & Sanna Markkanen (ed.) Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference Refereed Proceedings, Bentley, Western Australia, 6 - 8 February, 2013, pp. 1-15.

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The making of modern cities: Examining long term urban land use characteristics in Melbourne

Hurley, J, Groenhart, L, Wood, G and Meen, G 2013, 'The making of modern cities: examining long term urban land use characteristics in Melbourne', in Steven Rowley, Rachel Ong & Sanna Markkanen (ed.) 7th Australasian Housing Researchers: Conference: Refereed Proceedings, Bentley, Western Australia, 6 - 8 February, 2013, pp. 1-13.

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The dynamics of housing affordability: Movements in and out of housing affordability stress 2001-2006

Wood, G and Ong, R 2009, 'The dynamics of housing affordability: movements in and out of housing affordability stress 2001-2006', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, pp. 1-62.

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