High costs make vulnerable households reluctant to use aircon

The trifecta of rising electricity prices, soaring temperatures and concerns over possible blackouts risks increasing heat-related deaths and illness this summer, as households struggle...

Taking the pulse of a city: Melbourne’s vital signs

Vital Signs is a report that gathers good-quality data about a city from reputable sources to provide a snapshot of its community. Vital Signs...

This is what our cities need to do to be truly liveable

Urban planners, governments and developers are increasingly interested in making cities “liveable”. But what features contribute to liveability? Which areas in cities are the...

Some states do better than others on affordable housing

Doing something about improving housing affordability, particularly for people on low and moderate incomes, is difficult for Australian politicians. By Steven Rowley - Director, Australian Housing...

Some suburbs short-changed on services and liveability

Australia’s population has grown by 3.8 million over the last decade. Of the capital cities, Melbourne has grown the fastest – close to 1...

Room sharing is the new flat sharing

High rents and short-term rentals are driving people to organise themselves to share rooms with strangers in order to live in the city. By Christian Tietz - Senior Lecturer...

Evolutionary psychology explains why haunted houses creep us out

The Haunted House is a time-honoured horror setting. All of us have shivered our way through spooky flicks such as The Haunting, The Amityville...

We’re investing heavily in urban greening – how are our cities doing?

Governments at all levels invest a lot in greening Australian suburbs. Yet, in a recent report, we show that the greening efforts of most...

Housing stress underscores need to guide wayward policymaking

A recent policy pledge by Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has given fresh heart to campaigners for the restoration of the former National Housing Supply...

How much space can $1,500 get you around the world?

Making do with a small apartment is something many people feel forced to consider when renting in a big city. Location is king but so...