Professor Hal Pawson

Professor Hal Pawson

Arts,Design & Architecture
City Futures Research Centre

Hal Pawson is Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW. In this role he has led several major research projects funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and by the Australian Research Council (ARC). Hal’s key interests include private rental housing, social and affordable housing, and urban renewal. Before moving to Sydney, Hal worked at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1995-2011.

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In the Media

Pawson, H. (2015, August 6). Experts set to address Far North Coast housing issues. The Northern Star. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, July 22). The Australians Who Prefer to Rent Not Buy. SMH/ Domain. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, July 17). Australia’s Housing Debate. 2SER Radio. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, July 2). Could First Home Buyers be the new Drawcard for Developments? Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, June 26). The geography of homelessness. Geographical Magazine. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, June 25). Victoria Considers Introducing 10 years Rental Leases. ABC Radio. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, June 24). Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan. Gladstone Observer. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, March 20). Affordable housing solution. The Canberra Times. 

Pawson, H. (2015, March 20). Super funds tipped for cheap rentals. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, February 4). Homelessness more widespread than official figures show, charities warn. BBC News UK. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2015, February 4). Homelessness ‘on the rise’ amid cuts to benefits. The Telegraph UK. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2014, December 19). Australia Needs More than Dense Housing Arguments. The Conversation. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2014, December 15). New generation of boarding houses go upmarket. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2014, November 16). Demand for public housing increases with sell-off. The Sun Herald. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2014, November 15). Western Sydney’s overheated housing market. SBS World News. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2014, March 20). Should we be selling public housing? The Project. Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2013, May 7). Tenancy reviews don't cut waiting list. The Age.  Retrieved from

Pawson, H. (2012, July 1). Homeless run up $100 million hotel bill. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from



Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing

Managing Editor (Australasia), Housing Studies

My Research Supervision

Rupa Ganguli - PhD thesis title: Role of the rental market in satisfying immigrant demand in Sydney
Jin Zhu - PhD thesis title: Housing affordability and urban form - the case of Shanghai

My Teaching

Program leader: Master of Urban Renewal and Housing

Course leader: Housing Policy and Finance; Housing Management and Markets; Urban Renewal