Think Tank

Think Tank presentation, discussion and Q&A

Thursday 30 November 2017
1.30pm – 3.00pm
International Convention Centre

Think Tank 2

Audience involvement is the key in the Think Tank – a series of short 15 minute presentations followed by informal conversations on emerging themes.

A place for tiny houses…  Valerie Bares, ESC Consulting

What role can architects play in addressing housing affordability?  Alexandra McRobert, University of Sydney

Stemming the tide: responding to the increase in older women’s homelessness  Debbie Georgiou, NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Housing profession futures: resilience on the frontline  Prof Jo Richardson, De Montfort University

What is the impact of social housing on employment, education, health and incarceration?  Dr David Prentice, Principal Economic Advisor

This session is sponsored by Spotless




Ms Valerie Bares
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management, ESC Consulting
Valerie was an experienced electronic systems engineer before seeing the light and deciding to study environmental management. After 12 months in Scotland to project manage the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Aberdeen bypass, she came back ... view
Ms Alexandra McRobert
PhD Candidate at School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
Alexandra McRobert is a PhD Candidate at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, where her current research focuses on the role of design and construction practices in housing affordabilit... view
Ms Deborah Georgiou
Head of Housing and Communications, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
Deborah Georgiou is the Head of Housing and Communications at the NSW Federation of Housing Associations, the peak body for community housing in NSW. Deborah has extensive experience working in social and affordable housing in Australia and the UK. S... view
Prof Jo Richardson
Professor of Housing and Social Research, De Montfort University, UK
Jo Richardson is Professor of Housing and Social Research and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, based in the department of Politics and Public Policy in the Faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. She lea... 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