Abstract from Prof Duncan Maclennan's Guest Lecture presented at the Treasury on 7 November 2007.
Professor Duncan MacLennan
University of Ottawa
Duncan is an applied economist and is currently at the university of Ottawa and spends half his time as Chief Economist, Cities and Communities, at the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Cities. He has Visiting Professorial appointments at the Universities of Glasgow, Reading and Melbourne (RMIT)
Duncan has held Chairs in Economics and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow for the last two decades. He was the Director of the UK National (ESRC) Centre for Housing and Urban research from 1982 to 1996, then Directed the ESRC Cities Research Programme from 1996 to 1999. After a three year secondment as Special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland in the ‘new’ Scottish Parliament, he returned to the University to establish the Centre for Public Policy for Regions (2003-2004). He has also served as an Economic Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation from 1988 to the present. In 1996 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s ‘National Academy’).
This presentation uses recent experiences of housing policies in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to consider the possibilities and challenges for modern housing policies. National Housing policies have, historically, evolved through a series of stages, involving shifting objectives, altering resources levels and changing means for delivery. Across countries there has always been cross national variety but, at the same time, some common elements that reflect the mobility of technical and political ideas as well as commonalities in the social and economic processes that drive policy change.