Liam Davies

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

Australian major cities, including Melbourne, have been increasingly facing four problems with housing: 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 policies to increase accessibility to the private housing market (via homeownership or rental) and increase social housing stock.

In speaking with key decision makers, and analysing policies over the last two decades, Liam’s research intends to explain the successes and failures of housing policy in Victoria and, in turn, help to formulate policy responses to tackle the housing problems facing Melbourne and its inhabitants.

Supervisors:

Dr Benno Engels
Professor Jago Dodson
Emeritus Professor David Hayward

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News & Blog

Blog

Public land is being sold exactly where thousands on the waiting list need housing

27 May 2020

The need for public housing is greater than ever before – Australia has a shortfall of at least 433,000 dwellings. Using public land for public housing is a no-brainer. But, at the time of writing, the Victorian government is preparing to sell over 2,646 hectares of land.

Media

Victoria wastes potential for public housing on own land: study

03 May 2020

Victorian governments have wasted two decades of opportunities to address the state’s housing crisis, selling surplus public land that could have been used for 11,000 public housing units, new analysis reveals.

Blog

Australia had rent control in wartime. War on coronavirus demands the same response

15 April 2020

In this coronavirus “war”, governments should take inspiration from the past and again implement rent control.

News

Seven ways the 1969 Transportation Plan shaped Melbourne

12 December 2019

December 12 2019 marks 50 years since the landmark 1969 Transportation Plan. Here, we take a look back on the plan that brought Melbourne its network of freeways and roads, and how its legacy stacks up in 2019.

Blog

50 years on from the Melbourne Transportation Plan

08 December 2019

The 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan was perhaps the most influential planning policy in the city’s history. Every freeway and major arterial road built since then, as well as many current freeway and tollway projects and proposals, stem from this plan.