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Losing Control at Home?

Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope

Published: In R. Freestone and E. Liu (eds) Place and Placelessness Revisited, Routledge: New York, 108-119.

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Keywords: Home ownership, Liveability, Policy, Rental housing, Sociology,

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Two significant changes in housing patterns have impacted on the ability of people to become attached to, and identify with, their dwelling because of tensions between these ways of living and dominant cultural representations of the dwelling as home. These are an increase in multi-unit property ownership and long-term private renting. However these phenomena need not necessarily result in people feeling less attached to their dwellings if dominant social norms and constructs of the dwelling as home, and home ownership in particular, are challenged.

Weak Tie Relationships in High Density Residential Areas and the Types of Spaces Used to Maintain Them

Author or co-authors: Sian Thompson, Hazel Easthope, Gethin Davison

Published: proceeding of the State of Australian Cities Conference, Gold Coast, 9-11 December 2015

This paper has been peer reviewed

Keywords: Community, Liveability, Planning, Qualitative research/interviews,

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The next few decades will see a significant increase in high density development in strategic centres in Australian cities, if current city plans are put into practice. The social consequences of this shift towards higher density are profound and will have a significant impact on Australian cities’ social sustainability. This research provides insights into how people use spaces socially in high density, and which kinds of spaces are likely to facilitate the maintenance of weak ties. These findings can inform the design and planning of socially sustainable high density areas.

Making a Rental Property Home

Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope

Published: Housing Studies; v. 29; no. 5; pp. 279 - 296; 1466-1810 (ISSN)

This paper has been peer reviewed

Keywords: Equity, Policy, Rental housing,

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English-language literature on the relationship between home and dwelling has largely focused on the benefits of homeownership and (to a lesser extent) social rental in facilitating ontological security. Less consideration has been given to the experiences of private tenants. This paper draws on findings of a study on security of occupancy to discuss private renters' ability to exercise control over their dwellings in Australia vs. Germany. It discusses the limitations of Australian legislation, within its policy, market and cultural context, in enabling private tenants to exercise control.

Gardens in the sky: Emotional experiences in the communal spaces at height in the Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore

Author or co-authors: Philip Oldfield, Yuri Hadi, Tim Heath

This paper has been peer reviewed

Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

Keywords: Architecture, Design, Environment, Governance, Psychology,

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Highlights
The experiences and emotions of skygarden users and stakeholders is explored.
Management fear of anti-social behaviour increases at height.
Stringent rules in the skygardens fuel a sense of frustration in the residents.
A sense of contested ownership exists between residents and skygarden management.
Skygardens provide an opportunity for escapism from dense vertical living.

Gatekeeping information in the multi-owned property environment: stymieing buyers’ rights to discover and decide

Author or co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Rebecca Leshinsky

Keywords: Governance, Home ownership, Information available to owners and residents, Law, Policy, Quantitative research/statistics,

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which gatekeepers of information stymie due diligence investigations in the multi-owned property environment. The study reviewed and analysed the relevant state legislative provisions providing statutory protections for (pre)purchasers of lots within the multi-owned property context. Further, an exploratory survey questionnaire was distributed to owners corporation (OC) managers in Victoria to gain knowledge and a greater understanding of the extent to which OC managers are gatekeepers of information.

Stakeholder engagement in Kelvin Grove Urban Village

Author or co-authors: Mirko Guaralda, Lewis Atkinson, Kirralie Houghton, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Severine Mayere, Tan Yigitcanlar, Richard Medland

Funders: Kelvin Grove Urban Village Principal Body Corporate

Keywords: Community, Information available to owners and residents, Liveability, Sociology,

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The Kelvin Grove Principle Body Corporate has commissioned this Report. The objective is to gather a better understanding of the permanent and transient population of KGUV as well as to understand which communication strategies could work better to engage and interact with KGUV city dwellers. There is an additional research component of the project that investigates the lived and perceived space of KGUV and builds on previous research by Guaralda, Yigitcanlar, Caldwell and Houghton about knowledge communities, creative suburbs, placemaking and community engagement.

Australian National Strata Data Analysis

Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope, Caitlin Buckle, Vandanna Mann

Keywords: Building management, Development, Economics / markets,

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This project, supported by Strata Community Association who are the peak body for the strata industry in Australia, provides the first comprehensive national picture of the strata industry. The national (and state and territory) information sheets provide information on the number of strata properties, their value, the demographic characteristics of their residents, and the professionals employed to serve them. The accompanying report provides detail on the data collection methodology.

Sharing Property: Multi-owned Property Workshop

Author or co-authors: Cathy Sherry, Sarah Blandy, Clare Mouat

Keywords: By-laws/rules/CC&Rs, Community, Comparative research, Dispute resolution / courts / tribunals, Governance, Information available to owners and residents, Law, Redevelopment / termination,

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Multi-owned properties constitute an ever-growing proportion of the world’s commercial and residential building stock. The multiplicity of owners and tenants produces social and legal complexity that many existing legal systems struggle to accommodate. On 29 September 2017, a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, policy and decision makers met to discuss the challenges of multi-owned properties. The themes of the workshop were drawn from the key ideas of ‘Dynamics of Enduring Property Relations’ (Blandy, Bright & Nield 2017). This is a summary of the workshop's deliberations.

MyPlace Ashmore Community Survey 2017

Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope, Caitlin Buckle, , Edgar Liu

Funders: City of Sydney Council

Keywords: Community, Liveability, Planning,

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The 17ha Ashmore Precinct is one of the City of Sydney’s largest urban development projects. This research aimed to develop a survey tool for on-going assessment of social interactions and social cohesion at a large-scale urban renewal site that could be used to measure the nature of social cohesion and social interaction, identify opportunities/barriers residents face regarding social cohesion and community development, understand wellbeing of residents and workers, including satisfaction/attachment to the area, preferences and desires, and future plans.

MyPlace Green Square Community Survey 2017

Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope, Caitlin Buckle, , Edgar Liu

Funders: City of Sydney Council

Keywords: Community, Liveability, Planning,

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Green Square is the largest urban redevelopment project in the southern hemisphere, and one of the fastest growing areas in Sydney. This research aimed to develop a survey tool for on-going assessment of social interactions and social cohesion at a large-scale urban renewal site that could be used to measure the nature of social cohesion and social interaction, identify opportunities/barriers residents face regarding social cohesion and community development, understand wellbeing of residents and workers, including satisfaction/attachment to the area, preferences and desires, and future plans.