Dr Liam Davies

Liam’s research looks at state and commonwealth government policies that affect affordable housing in Victoria, Australia.

Liam’s research looks at state and commonwealth government policies that affect affordable housing in Victoria, Australia. Australian major cities, including Melbourne, are increasingly facing issues with housing, including decreasing housing affordability; rising levels of housing stress; stagnating levels of social housing; and even increasing social housing waiting lists.

In the face of these challenges, successive governments at Commonwealth and Victorian State levels have implemented market based policies to increase housing stock, including social housing.

Liam’s research analyses this policy legacy, exploring the shifts in policy over the last two decades, exploring successes and failures of housing policy in Victoria with an aim to inform good policy responses to tackle the housing problems facing Melbourne and its inhabitants.

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Victoria wastes potential for public housing on own land: study

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