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Guest lecture

Housing policy: a broader view

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Housing is an important driver of the economy, as well as an outcome in itself. While current policy development is focused on the excess demand for affordable owner-occupied housing, the supply and quality of affordable private rental housing has not been a policy priority. This talk will highlight the results of New Zealand research that demonstrates the investment benefits of improving housing for health, social and environmental outcomes and presents the case for a broad-based housing strategy that recognises the interconnected nature of housing supply and demand and the implications for urban sustainability.

About Philippa Howden-Chapman

Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities and sector agencies to provide an evidence base to inform housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health International Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 1 October 2014