Ian is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable experts on housing and urban issues, having conducted and published research on a wide range of related issues for over 25 years.
Now, as Executive Director of AHURI, he is focused on evidence-informed policy development, and regularly advises Ministers and senior public servants on the policy implications arising from AHURI research.
His incisive knowledge and unique skills have made him an ‘in-demand’ conference speaker, media commentator and expert facilitator. His valuable insights and deep understanding of the research evidence-base mean he is in touch with current thinking in the housing policy arena, and is able to guide the conversation towards effective outcomes.
Ian is a member of the Australian Government’s Cities Reference Group which provides advice on the development of the Smart Cities Plan and is also sits on the international advisory board for the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). He has been a member of both the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness and Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness, and participated as a Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Social Housing and Housing Assistance.
He was an invited observer to the Ministerial Select Council on Housing and Homelessness and to the Housing Ministers’ Advisory Committee, invited speaker at the Commonwealth Tax Forum and most recently invited facilitator of the Commonwealth’s Affordable Housing Working Group roundtables.
Prior to his work at AHURI, Ian was a Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and lecturer at RMIT University. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books on housing and urban issues and continues to serve on the Editorial Board of Housing Studies and Urban Policy and Research.