Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Minor concurrent session

Friday 1 December 2017
9.00am – 10.30am
Meeting room C2.5+C2.6, ICC

MIN15: As if social housing were infrastructure…

If social housing were treated as key public infrastructure, like roads and rail, would it become a greater priority for investment? The subject of an AHURI Inquiry, this session will articulate the rationale for designing social housing as infrastructure, examine the international evidence and identify appropriate investment pathways.

Sponsored by Riverview

Riverview Projects ACT



Assoc Prof Julie Lawson
Honorary Associate Professor, RMIT University
Dr Julie Lawson is an international urban researcher and housing policy analyst based in Europe. She has strong ties to Australia and is currently Honorary Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, leader of the AHURI Inqui... view


Mr James Waddell
Director, Capital Financing, NAB
Mr. Waddell is a Director with the Corporate Finance business of National Australia Bank, the leading Australasian Debt Markets house. James has been involved in raising funds for Australasian governments, trusts and companies in the Australian, European and US capit... view
Dr David Prentice
Principal Economic Advisor, Infrastructure Victoria
David is a Principal Economic Advisor at Infrastructure Victoria. He is currently involved in research estimating the social and economic impacts of social housing. David is also responsible for managing the social housing and energy sectors in Infrastructure Victoria’s ongoi... view
Ms Nicki Hutley
Director & Chief Economist, Urbis
Nicki is a highly experienced economist, with more years than she cares to admit to in economic, financial market and public policy experience. Prior to joining Urbis in 2013, Nicki held senior positions with Access Economics and then KPMG. S... view


Mr Adrian Harrington
Head of Funds Management, Folkestone
Adrian Harrington is Head of Funds Management at Folkestone. He has more than 20 years of experience in the funds management and real estate industries. Adrian is currently Chairman of the Australian Construction Industry Forum’s Construction Forecasting Council. He w... view