Professor Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at RMIT University. He also holds a Professorial Fellowship position in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University, Western Australia.

In 2014-15, Gavin was a Guest Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, TU Delft, Netherlands, and previously held positions in the economics departments of Murdoch University (Western Australia), the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

Gavin Wood’s main research interests are in housing and urban economics.  He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles on housing and urban issues, including highly respected international journals such as Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Housing Economics. He is currently on the International Editorial Advisory Boards of Urban Studies and Housing Studies.

Gavin Wood has consulted to a number of organisations in Europe and Australasia including: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The New Zealand Government’s Department of Labour, the Office of Fair Trading (Western Australia) and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. With colleagues at RMIT University, he made a contribution to the UK Government’s Department of Communities and Local Governments Housing Affordability Model.

In Australia, Professor Wood authored numerous reports for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Back in 1990-91 he was commissioned to prepare the Australian Federal Government’s National Housing Strategy report on Taxation and Housing. More recently, he worked on the Australian Government’s Henry Review to co-author a report on Housing, Taxation and Transfers.

Since 2014, he has been working on a programme of research into homelessness with colleagues from Melbourne University’s Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research, RMIT’s Centre for Applied Social Research and Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. The work aims to establish evidence based conclusions on the causes of homelessness.

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