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Research Incubator

Supporting research and informing urban policy

Our flagship research scheme supports multi-disciplinary teams develop and disseminate a program of research around key urban problems, advancing dialogue between researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the wider community.

Current Incubator

The Infrastructure Governance Incubator takes a comprehensive approach to develop an infrastructure governance model for Australian cities. Informed by international best practices, the incubator aims to develop a novel infrastructure governance model for Australia enabling alignment between strategic planning and project delivery in terms of visioning and policy formulation, financing, and public engagement.

Project Team

The Infrastructure Incubator is led by A/Prof. Tooran Alizadeh based at the University of Sydney, and includes a multi-university core team of A/Prof. Liton Kamruzzaman (Monash University), Dr. Crystal Legacy University of Melbourne), A/Prof. Glen Searle (University of Sydney) and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Rebecca Clements (University of Sydney).

Past Incubators

The Housing for Health research incubator brings together Australia’s leading experts in Indigenous social policy analysis, health and housing. Working closely with industry partner, Healthabitat, to tackle the challenge of decent housing and infrastructure in Indigenous Australia.

Housing for Health incubator – Research project (hfhincubator.org)

Project Team

The Housing for Health Incubator was lead by Professor Tess Lea (University of Sydney), in collaboration with Dr Liam Grealy, Dr Kirsty Howey, Stephanie King, Professor Allan McConnell and Dr Christen Cornell (University of Sydney).  

This Incubator contributed to scholarly understanding of citizen participation in urban governance. It provided an international comparative analysis of how urban alliances are formed, how they operate, how they relate to existing forms of citizen participation in existing structures of urban governance and planning, and their effectiveness as vehicles for citizen engagement and empowerment.

Project Team

This Incubator was led by Associate Professor Kurt Iveson from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences and Professor John Keane, Dr Madeleine Pill, Dr Adrienne Keane, Prof Helga Leitner, Assoc Prof Mark Davidson, Professor Jane Wills, Professor Romand Coles and Professor Leo Penta.

Housing is central to socially just and economically productive cities, yet provision of appropriate and affordable housing near transport and jobs remains a key challenge.  Bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of urban planners, data scientists, economists and geographers, this Incubator  examined Sydney’s housing system in comparative context and advanced a series of studies and publications on housing affordability, urban inequality, transport accessibility, regional populations, the impacts of the so called ‘sharing economy’ on cities and housing markets and more. The Incubator resulted in the ongoing Urban Housing Lab, hosted by the Sydney School of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Project Team

This Incubator was led by Professor Nicole Gurran from the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning and Dr Somwrita Sarkar, with researchers Dr Jennifer Kent, Catherine Gilbert, Stacey Miers and Hanley Weng.