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 UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre. In this role he has led numerous major research projects funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI),by the Australian Research Council (ARC), and by non-government agencies Hal’s key interests include housing policy governance and strategy, private rental housing, social and affordable housing, and urban renewal. From 2011-19 Hal served as Australasian Editor for the international journal Housing Studies; from 2019-23 he was a Housing Studies Managing Editor. Before moving to UNSW, Hal worked at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1995-2011. He retains an Honorary Professorship at Heriot-Watt and is also an Associate of Sheffield University’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In 2023 he became a non-Executive Director of Community Housing Canberra.

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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

David Lilley – PhD thesis: public health and urban renewal

Parian Hoseini – PhD thesis: studentification in Sydney

Rivver Baumgaertner – PhD thesis: COVID-19 effects on homelessness temporary accommodation

Lerisca Lensun – MPhil thesis: Affordable rental housing and employment

My Teaching

Post-graduate course leader:

- Housing Policy and Finance

- Urban Renewal