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Housing and Communities Program

The Institute for the Study of Social Change is committed to analysing and highlighting the underlying causes of housing inequity in Australia and Tasmania and to devising solutions to the problem. The Institute’s research is a collaboration with the University’s Housing and Community Research Unit and is led by Richard Eccleston, Lisa Denny, Julia Verdouw and Kathleen Flanagan.

Our Research Group

Richard Eccleston is a political scientist and taxation expert at the University of Tasmania with a keen interest in equitable housing policy. He is the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. and has presented to state and federal parliamentary committees on the topic of property tax reform.

Julia Verdouw is a research fellow in the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) at the University of Tasmania. She brings a sociological lens to her work in housing research, which has focused on access to housing for marginalised groups including remote Indigenous tenants, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and social housing tenants. Her current work investigates pathways for tax reform toward increasing affordable housing access nationally.

Kathleen Flanagan is the Deputy Director of the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU). Her research is concerned with questioning the ‘taken-for-granted’ of contemporary housing policy and includes detailed analysis of policy history and discourse. She is interested in the ways in which housing, especially social housing and its tenants, is thought about and acted upon by policy-makers and in the different ways of thinking and acting that might be possible.

Lisa Denny is a demographer and a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania whose recent research has focused on the impact of population changes on Tasmania’s housing market.

Neil Warren is a professor of taxation and researcher based at the School of Taxation and Business Law at the University of New South Wales. academic interests are in public sector economics with a special focus on taxation policy and fiscal federalism. He is a respected consultant, having prepared numerous reports for state and federal Government agencies, chaired two state taxation reviews, provided expert opinion to government inquiries and parliamentary committees, and advice to political parties and welfare and industry groups.

Featured Articles

5 July 2018, The Conversation

In this article in The Conversation Richard Eccleston, Julia Verdouw and Kathleen Flanagan outline their proposed changes to property tax reform.

29 November 2017, Australian Financial Review

Read the Australian Financial Review’s coverage of changes to property taxation proposed by Professor Richard Eccleston and others.

13 July 2018, University of Tasmania News

Jessica Irvine, a senior economics writer with Fairfax Media, described the tax reforms proposed by Institute for the Study of Social Change Director Richard Eccleston and others as “compulsory reading for all state and federal politicians.”

29 November 2017, Institute for the Study of Social Change Blog Post

This article includes more media coverage of the release of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) report on how to create a fairer housing system in Australia.

11 September 2018, ABC News

This ABC news article covers part of the Institute for the Study of Social Change’s evidence to a Tasmanian parliamentary inquiry into the impact of the sharing economy on long term housing supply.

11 September 2018, The Examiner

This Examiner newspaper article reports on the Institute for the Study of Social Change’s evidence to a Tasmanian parliamentary inquiry into the impact of the sharing economy on long term housing supply.

Institute for the Study of Social Change

Contact

Institute for Study of Social Change
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 22
HOBART TAS 7001

E: ISC.Admin@utas.edu.au

Media enquiries

Tahnia Creedon
Engagement Manager
T: +61 3 6324 3927
E: Tahnia.Creedon@utas.edu.au

Location

Sandy Bay Campus
Social Sciences Building
Level 4, Room 418
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