Professor Gavin Wood
School of Global, Urban & Social Studies
+61 3 9925 9885
College of Design and Social Context
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- Key activities
- Professional interests
- Research and scholarship
- Accomplishments and achievements
Professor Wood is a Professor of Housing and Urban Research. He was previously Director of the RMIT Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and held positions at Murdoch University, Western Australia and the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Professor Wood’s main research interests are in public policy and urban studies, housing finance and labour economics. He has published widely and is currently on the International Editorial Advisory Board of Urban Studies. Gavin Wood has consulted to a number of organisations including: the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the New Zealand Department of Labour, the Office of Fair Trading (WA), the Northern Housing Executive and the Australian Commonwealth Government’s National Housing Strategy.
In November 2006 the Australian Research Council awarded the RMIT centre a Linkage International Social Sciences Collaboration Grant for the project “Housing wealth and welfare: unlocking housing wealth over the life course". This is collaboration with researchers at the Department of Geography, Durham University.
- PhD, Murdoch University
- M.Sc.(Econ), London University
- B.Sc. First Class Hons (Econ), Brunel University
- Public Policy and Urban Studies
- Housing Finance
- Labour Economics
Research and scholarship
- Apr 2009 – 2011, Adjunct Professor, School of Economics & Finance, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology
- Jan 2004 – 2009, Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, RMIT University
- Feb 2001 – 2003, Director, Housing and Urban Research Institute of Western Australia
- 2001, Member, Research Panel, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
- Nov 1994 – 1998, Member, School of Economics and Commerce Research Committee
- Apr 1994 – present, Member of International Editorial Advisory Committee of Urban Studies, an internationally distributed academic journal, published by Longmans.
- Jun 1985 - Dec 1986, Managing Editor, Urban Studies.
- Jan 1984 – May 1985, Co-editor, Urban Studies
Membership of research bodies
- Jan1997 – present, Member, European Network for Housing Research.
- June 1987 – present, Member, Australian Economic Society.
- June 1987 – present, Member, American Economic Association.
- 1981 – 1986, Associate Member, Centre for Housing Research, University of Glasgow.
Refereed journal articles
with Sommervoll, D. E. ‘Home equity Insurance.’ Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Forthcoming.
with Parkinson, S., Searle, B. A., Smith, S. J. and Stoakes, A. ‘Mortgage Equity Withdrawal In Australia and Britain: Towards a Wealth-fare State?.’ European Journal of Housing Policy,Vol.9, No.4, pp.365-389, December 2009.
with Hendershott, P. H., Ong, R. and Flatau, P. ‘Marital History and Home Ownership: Evidence from Australia.’ Journal of Housing Economics,Vol.18, pp.13-24, March 2009.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. ‘The Long Run Decline in Employment Participation for Australian Public Housing Tenants: An investigation.’ Housing Studies, no.1, 2009.
with Ong, R., Flatau, P. and Dockery, M. ‘An analysis of the impacts of tax and welfare reform on effective marginal tax rates in Australia 1982-2002.’ Australian Journal of LabourEconomics, Vol.11, No.3, 2008.
with Berry, M., Taylor, E. and Nygaard, C. ‘Community Mix, Affordable Housing and Metropolitan Planning Strategy in Melbourne.’ The State of Australia Cities, Built Environment, Vol.34, No.3, pp.273-290, 2008.
with Flatau, P., James, I., Watson, R., and Hendershott, P. H. ‘Leaving the Parental Home in Australia over the Generations: Evidence from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey.’ Journal of Population Research, Vol.24, No.1, pp.51.71, March 2007.
with Atkinson, R. ‘Affordable Housing and Planning in Australia.’, Australian Planner, Vol.44, No.4, pp.12-13, 2007.
with Yates, J. and Reynolds, M. ‘Vacancy rates and low-rent housing: a panel data analysis.’ Journal of Housing and Built Environment, Vol.21, No.4, pp. 441-548, December 2006.
with Stoakes, A. ‘Long-run trends in Victorian housing Affordability and First Transition into Homeownership.’ Urban Policy and Research, Vol.24, No.3, September 2006.
with Watson, R., Flatau, P. and Ong, R. ‘Transaction costs, Deposit Requirements and First-Home Ownership.’, Economic Papers, Vol.25, No.3, pp.252-271, September 2006.
with Parr J. B. ‘Response: Transaction Costs, Agglomeration Economies, and Industrial Location: A Reply.’ Growth and Change, Vol..37, No.2, pp.315-317, June 2006.
with Watson, R. and Flatau, P. ‘Microsimulation Modelling of Tenure Choice and Grants to Promote Home Ownership.’ The Australian Economic Review, Vol.39, No.1, pp.1-21, May 2006.
with Watson, R. and Flatau, P. ‘Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programme Impacts on Housing Affordability in Australia: Microsimulation Model Estimates.’ Housing Studies, Vol.21, No.3, pp.361-380, May 2006.
with Yates, J. ‘Affordable Rental Housing: Lost Stolen and Strayed.’ The Economic Record, Vol.81, No.255, August 2005.
with Parr, J. B. ‘Transaction Costs, Agglomeration Economies, and Industrial Location.’ Growth and Change, Vol.36, No.1, Winter 2005.
with Forbes, M. and Gibb, K. ‘Direct Subsidies and Housing Affordability in Australian Private Rental Markets.’ Environment and Planning: Government and Policy, Vol.23, No.5, pp.759-83, 2005.
Books and chapters in books
with Ong, R. and Dockery A. M. ‘The Long Run Decline in Employment Participation for Australian Public Housing Tenants: An investigation.’ In A. Marsh and K. Gibb (eds.) Housing Economics, Sage Publication, Forthcoming.
with Ong, R. and Stewart, M. ‘Housing taxes and the supply of private rental housing.’ In M. Stewart (ed,) Housing and Tax Policy, Australian Tax Research Foundation, Conference Series No. 26, 2010.
with Nygaard, C. ‘Housing Equity Withdrawal and Retirement: Evidence from the Household, Income, and Labor Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA).’in S. J. Smith and B. A. Searle.(eds) A Blackwell Companion to the Economics of Housing: The Housing Wealth of Nations, Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, 2010.
with Parkinson, S.‘Negative Equity and House Price Risk in Australia.’ HousingWORKS, Vol.7, No.1, Australasian Housing Institute, Bega, NSW, April 2009.
‘Rates of Return on Housing Investment across Melbourne.’ RMIT-Salford-Glasgow Housing and Urban Planning Forum, RMIT Melbourne, March 2008.
‘Metropolitan Housing Markets and the Urban Economy.’ RMIT-Salford-Glasgow Housing and Urban Planning Forum, RMIT Melbourne, March 2008.
with Bridge, C., Flatau, P., Whelan, S. and Yates, J. ‘How Does Housing Assistance Affect Employment, Health and Social Cohesion?’ AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin, AHURI, Melbourne, Vol.87, pp.1-6, 2007.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. ‘What has determined longer run trends in public housing tenants’ employment participation 1982-2002?’ Australian Housing Research Institute, National Research Venture 1: Housing Assistance & Economic Participation, Research Paper No. 5, December 2006.
with Ong, R. and Davison, J. ‘Does Housing Assistance Help or Hinder Tenants to Participation in the Workforce.’ HousingWorks, Vol.4, No.1, pp.33-37, 2006.
Conference papers – refereed
with Ong, R. & McMurray, C. ‘Housing tenure, energy expenditure and the principal-agent problem in Australia.’ 17th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Gold Coast, 16-17 January 2011.
with Beer, A., Baker, E. & Raftery, P. (under review) ‘Is There a Wellbeing Gradient in Housing Assistance?’ Proceeding of the 5th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, Auckland, November 2010.
with Ong, R. Housing affordability dynamics in Australia 2001-06. HILDA Survey Conference, Melbourne: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 16-17 July 2009.
with Parkinson, S., Searle, B. A., Smith, S. J. and Stoakes, A. Mortgage equity withdrawal in Australia and Britain: the welfare dimensions of home ownership? 3rd Annual Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference, Melbourne, June 2008.
Rates of Return on Housing Investment across Melbourne.RMIT-Salford-Glasgow Housing and Urban Planning Forum, March 2008.
Metropolitan Housing Markets and the Urban Economy. RMIT-Salford-Glasgow Housing and Urban Planning Forum, March 2008.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. Transitions into Public Housing and Employment Outcomes: A Panel Analysis. Vienna Housing Economic Workshop, February 2008.
Housing Assistance and Economic Participation. National Housing Conference, Sydney, February 2008.
with Ong, R., Dockery, A. M. and Whelan, S. Welfare Locks, Housing Stability and Tenant Exits from Public Housing. Paper presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference, Adelaide, November 2007.
with Berry, M. and Taylor, E. Community Mix, Affordable Housing and Metropolitan Planning Strategy in Melbourne. Paper presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference, Adelaide, November 2007.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. Transitions into Public Housing and Employment Outcomes: A Panel Analysis. Paper presented at the 36th Australian Economist Conference, Hobart, September 2007.
with Dockery, A. M. and Ong, R. Welfare traps in Australia: Do they bite? Paper presented at the HILDA Survey Research Conference, Melbourne, July 2007.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, M. Public Housing and Employment Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Approach. Australasian Housing Conference, Brisbane, June 2007.
with Berry, M., Nygaard, C. and Taylor, E. Community Mix, Affordable Housing and Metropolitan Planning Strategy in Melbourne. Paper presented to the launch of International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics (ICHUE) Reading, UK, February 2007.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. What has Determined Longer-Run Trends in Public Renters' Employment Participation 1982-2002? Paper presented at the Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference, Adelaide, June 2006.
with Stoakes, A. Long Run Trends in Victorian Housing Affordability and Tenure Shares. Paper presented at the 2nd State of Australian Cities Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, November 2005.
with Nygaard, C. and Stoakes, A. A Tale of Three Cities: Labour and Housing Market Development in a Post-Industrial Era. Paper presented at the 2nd State of Australian Cities Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, November 2005.
with Ong, R. Housing Assistance and Economic Participation: What have we learnt? National Housing Conference: Building for Diversity, Perth, October 2005.
with Nygaard, C., The Evolution of Social Housing Policy in Britain: A Neo-Institutional Perspective. European Real Estate Society Conference, Dublin, June 2005.
Housing Markets, Structural Change and Transitions into Employment.Transitions and Risk: New Directions in Social Policy Conference, University of Melbourne, February 2005.
Conference papers – non-refereed
‘Sustaining Homeownership in the 21st Century.’ Keynote speaker at Centre for Research in Applied Economics (CRAE) Housing Policy Forum, Curtin University, Perth, 29 October 2010.
‘Movements in and out of housing affordability stress.’ Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Research Seminar, Sydney, 21 October 2010.
with Goodman, R., Buxton, M., Chhetri, P. and Taylor, E. ‘Planning policy initiatives and housing supply in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia.’ European Network for Housing Research 2010, Istanbul, 4-7 July 2010.
with Raftery, P., Beer, A. and Baker, E. ‘Housing Assistance and the Life Course: Comparing the Effects of Three Interventions.’ Proceedings of the Regional Studies Association Winter Conference; Global Recession: Regional Impact on Housing, Jobs, Health and Wellbeing, London, November 2009.
with Raftery, P., Beer, A. and Baker, E. ‘How does Housing Assistance Improve the Health and Well Being of Low Income Households?’ Proceedings of the Regional Studies Association Winter Conference; Global Recession: Regional Impact on Housing, Jobs, Health and Wellbeing, London, November 2009.
‘Mortgage Equity Withdrawal in Australia and Britain: towards a wealth-fare state?’ European Mortgage Federation-European Network for Housing Research, Brussels, 1-2 April 2009.
Rescuing the Housing Market: Public Forum, Looking Beyond the ‘Credit Crunch’, Towards More Imaginative Ways of Sharing the Benefits and Mitigating the Risks of Volatile Housing Markets. The British Academy, London, 31 March 2009.
with Sommervoll, D. E., Home Equity Insurance. 2nd International Think Tank on House Prices and Risk, RMIT, Melbourne, 12-13 February 2009.
with Hendershott, P. H., Ong, R. and Flatau, P. Marital History and Home Ownership: Evidence from Australia. Allied Social Science Associations Conference, San Francisco, 3-5 January 2009.
Housing in the 21st Century. 2008 Social Policy Research Workshop, Canberra, 1-2 December 2008.
with Chhetri, P. Housing supply and planning in Australia: an overview. International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics Conference, Reading University, 6 October 2008.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. Public Housing and Employment Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Approach. Brisbane, June 2007.
with Ong, R. and Dockery, A. M. What has determined longer run trends in public housing tenants’ employment participation 1982-2002? European Network for Housing Research, Edinburgh, February 2007.
Housing Markets, Housing Assistance and Workforce Participation.Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Seminar: Linking Housing Policy to Child, Family and Community Outcomes, Canberra, April 2005.
Reports to official bodies
with Colic-Peisker, V., Berry, M. and Ong, R. ‘Asset-poverty and older Australian’s transitions onto housing assistance programs.’ Final Report No. 156, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, November 2010.
with Goodman, R., Buxton, M., Chhetri, P. and Taylor, E. ‘Planning and the characteristics of housing supply in Melbourne.’ Final Report No. 157, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, November 2010.
with Stewart, M. and Ong, R. Housing Taxation and Transfer. Final Report, a Research Study for the Australian Treasury’s Henry Tax Review, Canberra, October 2010. Available at: http://taxreview.treasury.gov.au/content/html/commissioned_work/downloads/Wood_Stewart_and_Ong.pdf
with Colic-Peisker, V., Ong, R., Berry, M. and Bailey, N. ‘Housing needs of asset-poor older Australians: other countries’ policy initiatives and their implications for Australia.’ Positioning Paper No. 133, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, August 2010.
with Goodman, R., Buxton, M., Chhetri, P., Schuere, J. and Taylor, E. ‘Planning reform, land release and the supply of housing.’ Positioning Paper No. 126, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, February 2010.
with Ong, R. ‘Factors shaping the decision to become a landlord and retain rental investments.’ Final Report No. 142, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, February 2010.
with Gabriel, M., Watson, P., Ong, R. and Wulff, M. ‘The environmental sustainability of Australia’s private rental housing stock.’ Positioning Paper No. 125, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, February 2010.
with Ong, R. ‘The dynamics of housing affordability : movements in and out of housing affordability stress 2001-2006.’ Final Report No.133, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, June 2009.
With Parkinson, S. and Lawson, J. ‘Mortgage Risk in Victoria.’ Research Report for Housing and Building Policy, Department of Planning & Community Development, June 2009.
with Ong.R. ‘Re-designing AHURI’s Australian Housing Market Microsimulation Model’. Final Report , Australian Housing Research Institute, July 2008.
with Colic-Peisker, V. and Ong, R. ‘Commonwealth Rent Assistance in the context of Rising Housing costs since 1995’. Consultancy Report for Tenants’ Union of Victoria, 2008.
with Berry, M., Dalton, T., Pettit, C., Allan, I., Leong, K. and Stoakes, A. ‘Housing Research for a Fairer Victoria; A Report on Research on Recent Trends and Issues in Affordable Housing Carried Out for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’. Main Report, May 2005.
Accomplishments and achievements
Awards and academic recognition
- 2008 Teaching & Research Awards ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence at RMIT’ November 2008
- RMIT Research Awards 2007 ‘HERDC Category 1 Grant Award’ (AHURI Research Funding Scheme) December 2007
- RMIT Research Awards 2006 ‘Linkage International Social Science Collaboration.’ December 2006
- Invitation to present the 11th Annual F. Oswald Barnett Oration What is Happening in Australian Housing Markets? Why Policy Makers Should be Concerned. Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, November 2004
- Presented with Executive Dean’s 2001 Award for Outstanding Research Achievements in the Division of Business, Information Technology and Law, Murdoch University.
- Inclusion of biography in Who’s Who in the World, Tenth Edition, 1990, Marquis, Illinois.
- The Adam Smith Memorial Prize awarded in July 1976 subsequent to performance in Final Degree Examinations at Brunel University.
Refereeing duties have been undertaken for the following journals
- Australian Economic Papers
- Journal of Housing Research
- Journal of Real Estate Research
- Regional Studies
- Scottish Journal of Political Economy
- The Australian Economic Review
- Urban Studies
Peer review duties of programs of research conducted for:
- National Housing and Planning Advisory Unit Innovation Fund (2008)
- Australian Research Council Discovery Grant Application (2007)
- The Department of Communities and Local Government (UK, 2005)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Unit, Workcover (New South Wales, 1998)
- Research application to the National Housing and Planning Advisory Unit. ‘An Empirical Investigation of Planning Delay and Its Impact on Housing.’ (2008).