Professor Nicole Gurran


PhD, University of Sydney; MURP, University of Sydney; BA, University of Sydney; Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, University of Sydney

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The University of Sydney

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    Professor Gurran’s research focuses on the intersection between urban policy, planning, and the housing system. She has undertaken numerous studies for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and has led a recent Australian Research Council funded project on relationships between urban planning regulation, housing supply, and affordability.

    Her book Australian Urban Land Use Planning, (Sydney University Press, now in its second edition, explains the complex policy and legal frameworks characterising Australia’s state and territorial planning systems in their wider national and international context. Her current research extends this analysis to the housing market, asking how differences in urban policy and planning frameworks influence patterns of new housing production and affordability trends, at local and regional scales. She is also examining the ways in which “property politics” delimit housing policy and planning outcomes.

Recent publications


    Urban Planning and the Housing Market: International Perspectives for Policy and Practice, London: Palgrave MacMillan



    When Tourists Move In: How Should Urban Planners Respond to Airbnb? Journal of the American Planning Association, 83(1), 80-92.



      What is affordable housing and why do we need it? Inner Sydney Voice, Issue 129 (Winter 2016), pp.20-21

      (2016, in press)

      Urban Planning and the Housing Market: International Perspectives for Policy and Practice, Palgrave, London.


      Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong, New York: Routledge.

      (2016 forthcoming)

      What’s So Strategic about Australian Metropolitan Plans and Planning Reform? The Case of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. In Louis Albrechts, Alessandro Balducci, & Jean Hillier (Eds.), Situated Practices of Strategic Planning: An international perspective. Oxon: Routledge.


      Less planning, more development? Housing and urban reform discourses in Australia.

      Journal of Economic Policy Reform. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17487870.2015.1065184?journalCode=gpre20


      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.


      Home security: Marketisation and the changing face of housing assistance in Australia. In Gabrielle Meagher, Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy,

      (pp. 231-256). Sydney: Sydney University Press.


      "Are governments really interested in fixing the housing problem? policy capture and busy work in Australia."

      Housing Studies 30(5): 711-729. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02673037.2015.1044948?journalCode=chos20


      Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: international evidence and policy implications for Australia - Volume 1:

      Outcomes of an Investigative Panel, AHURI Final Report No. 254, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/254


      Climbing the Adaptation Planning Ladder: Barriers and Enablers in Municipal Planning.

      In Walter Leal Filho (Eds.), Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, (pp. 839-860). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-40455-9


      Sustainable development control? Zoning and land use regulations for urban form, biodiversity conservation and green design in Australia.

      Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (ahead-of-print), 1-26, accepted 14 September 2014. DOI:10.1080/09640568.2014.967386


      That sounds familiar! A decade of planning reform in Australia, England and New Zealand.

      Australian Planner, 51(2), 186-198. DOI:10.1080/07293682.2014.890943


      Barriers to Municipal Climate Adaptation: ExamplesFrom Coastal Massachusetts' Smaller Cities and Towns.

      Journal of the American Planning Association, 80(2), 110-122. DOI:10.1080/01944363.2014.949590


      Australian planning system reform.

      Australian Planner, 51(2), 102-107. DOI:10.1080/07293682.2014.896065


      A national planning agenda? Unpacking the influence of federal urban policy on state planning reform.

      Australian Planner, 51(2), 108-121. doi: 10.1080/07293682.2014.894105


      Delivering affordable housing through the planning system in urban renewal contexts: converging government roles in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales.

      Australian Planner, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/07293682.2013.833121


      Planning and affordable housing in Australia, New Zealand and England: common culture; different mechanisms.

      Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 1-18. doi: 10.1007/s10901-013-9356-3


      Evidence-free zone? Examining claims about planning performance and reform in New South Wales.

      Australian Planner, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/07293682.2013.833121


      Housing supply and urban planning reform: the recent Australian experience, 2003-2012.

      International Journal of Housing Policy, 1-27. DOI:10.1080/14616718.2013.840110


      Planning, housing supply and affordability,

      Virtual Special Issue Editorial. Urban Policy and Research, Virtual Special Issue July 2013. http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/cupr-vsi