Urban Worlds

This project aims to chart citizen’s lived experience of dense urban worlds drawing on residents’ experience of intensification of housing and infrastructure.

The project

Apartment-living is transforming Australian suburbs. Local governments managing suburban densification nonetheless face a difficult balancing act: how to preserve neighbourhood strengths while making the most of growth.

Contributing to the Global Challenge of Transforming Lives and Regions this project foregrounds the everyday experiences of apartment dwellers highlighting opportunities for local government in densifying suburbs. Through home and neighbourhood tours in Liverpool CBD (NSW), the project reveals what matters most to apartment-dwellers: air, storage, greenspace, walkability, building management, services and employment.

Through a collaborative research approach foregrounding government partnership, the project provides a resource for suburban councils managing the high life.

Report: Apartment Dwellers' perceptions of densification in Liverpool CBD

Utilising interviews, and home and neighbourhood tours, we invited participants to share with us their everyday experiences of living in apartments in a densifying neighbourhood. The aim of the project was to provide insights to better balance the potential for growth, while maintaining neighbourhood amenity and resident satisfaction.


The team

The project brings together a team of talented and productive mid-career and early-career researchers in urban and housing research. The team is uniquely positioned to elicit and interpret the lived experiences of residents in the context of densification.

Nicole Cook (ASSH) has expertise in densification and urban governance with a particular interest in the housing and planning fields; including the development of conceptual frames that connect residents and experts in urban governance. These dimensions are productively extended through Herath’s work on the ‘bottom line’ of housing prices and land taxation, that contextualise both resident and local government engagement with intensification.

Shanaka Herath has expertise in the areas of economics of housing, property markets and urban planning.

Cole Hendrigan (EIS) has expertise in modelling dense, mixed-use, walkable precincts reveals the spaces that, from an urban design perspective, can facilitate positive intensification, a critical dimension in governing growth.


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.    Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals