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Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne – A Collaborative Partnership Approach to Affordable Housing

By on September 21, 2016
Lecturer - profile

Name
Carolyn Whitzman

Title
Professor

Main affiliation
University of Melbourne

email
whitzman@unimelb.edu.au

Country
Australia

Region
Oceania

Qualifications
LinkedIn

CV
http://uni.unhabitat.org/index.php?gf-download=2016%2F09%2Fcurriculum-vitae.doc&form-id=9&field-id=48&hash=992e85c11ae4f7a95d9e3156c32f5bc9926ae71630658ba56653e4f25aacad16

Biography
Carolyn Whitzman is a Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the author, co-author, or lead editor of five books, including: Melbourne: What Next? A Discussion on Creating a Better Future (2014) and Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (2013). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly publications on partnerships for social justice in the city, and frequently provides policy advice to local, state and national government and to the UN.

English Proficiency
Mother tongue

Previous experience of recording video lectures
Yes

Experience of lecturing to large audiences
Yes

Experience of lecturing to large audiences
Yes

Frequency of lectures
Very often

Recording opportunities
Habitat III attendance and availability
Yes
October 17-24

PROPOSED LECTURE

Main themes
Urban Infrastructure
Social Inclusion
Planning and Design
Housing
Gender

Title
A Collaborative Partnership Approach to Affordable Housing

Focus
Based on comparative research in Melbourne, Toronto, Portland and Vancouver, this lecture will focus on how collaborative partnerships can successfully advocate for, and respond to, affordable housing programs.

Issues which the lecture addresses
Our comparative focus is four mid-tier global cities within three neo-liberal countries that rely primarily on the private sector for their housing stock: Canada, the US and Australia. All four cities – Vancouver, Toronto, Portland, and Melbourne – are thriving economically, yet have poor housing affordability outcomes, including an increasing number of low and moderate income households who cannot afford rents or mortgage repayments.

Short analysis of the above issues
Recent deliberative planning theory has developed the idea that partnerships between governments, the private sector, and community advocates are the best way to create innovative solutions to ‘wicked’ policy problems, such as affordable housing. The worst case scenario, however, is that these partnerships are merely a new version of urban growth machines: collusion between governments and private developers in which the basic right of citizens to shelter is ignored.

Propositions for addressing the issue
In each of the four cities, seven to eight key housing actors have been interviewed and housing affordability policy and practices tracked through a desktop search. We compare recent partnerships for affordable housing, and perceived benefits of a partnership approach to affordable housing. This sense of common purpose and slowly growing inter-personal trust may not be a fundamental challenge to the urban growth machine. But in all four cities, deliberative planning is generating both the immediate actions and long-term mechanisms that may improve the lives of low and moderate income households, a worthwhile goal for any initiative.

Additional Reading Materials
https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/transforming-housing-affordable-housing-all