Catherine Gilbert

Catherine Gilbert

Research Associate, PhD candidate


   G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

    Catherine has a background in planning policy and housing market research, with a particular focus on affordable housing. From 2009-11, Catherine worked for Three Dragons Consultancy in the UK, where her work examined the economic viability implications of different housing policy positions for organisations including the Welsh Assembly Government, the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, the House Builders Association and the Zero Carbon Hub.

    She has worked with local and regional planning authorities across the UK on studies to support the development of inclusionary housing policies. Since joining the University of Sydney in 2011, she has provided research assistance on numerous projects, including an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project and three Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) funded projects. This research work has focused on comparing systems of land use regulation; examining evidence of relationships between planning policy settings and housing market outcomes; and, approaches to planning system performance monitoring.

      Her PhD research, which commenced in 2015, focuses on recent planning system reforms designed to improve the rate and responsiveness of new housing supply in Australia, Canada and the UK. In the context of ongoing policy debate over the impact of planning on patterns of new housing supply, this research seeks to critically examine the range of claims that have been made about the impact of planning on housing markets; to examine and compare the structure and aims of recent planning policy changes designed to leverage increased private sector housing provision; and, to examine whether and how such regulatory changes have impacted new development in different submarket contexts.



    Can 'codification' of development rights support increased and more diverse housing, in SOAC Conference Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network (in press)


    ‘Generation rent’: is it a problem, and what can we as planners do about it? New Planner, Issue 108 (September 2016), pp.14-15


    Targets for Affordable housing: Supporting Equitable and Sustainable Urban Growth. In Rebecca Leshinsky and Crystal Legacy (Eds.), Instruments of Planning: Tensions and Challenges for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities, pp. 80-91. New York: Routledge.


    Planning regulation and the mediation of housing outcomes: new evidence from planners in four metropolitan regions. Paper presented at State of Australian Cities Conference. Gold Coast, Australia, Dec. 8-11, 2015.