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The University of Amsterdam is part of a consortium that has been awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to investigate unequal access to housing in Australia.

Housing has become Australia’s key driver of inequality. But we know very little about what the consequences of these inequalities are on current and future generations. The new consortium will use never-before analysed combinations of datasets and new data on Australian housing conditions. These data will model the consequences of unequal access to housing. It will also evaluate individual and national benefits of housing interventions across generations.


The consortium is made up of the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Amsterdam. On behalf of the UvA, Richard Ronald is one of the partner investigators. Ronald is Professor of Housing, Society and Space in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development and at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He has published widely on housing in relation to social, economic and urban transformations in Europe and Pacific Asia including a number of monographs and edited volumes.

Prof. R. (Richard) Ronald

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

GPIO : Geographies of Globalizations

Approaching the housing market in an interdisciplinary way

The research has an important interdisciplinary component, bringing together disciplines such as epidemiology, sociology, economics and geography. Professor and partner investigator Richard Ronald:  “Through my previous research project HOUWEL I have been involved in similar interdisciplinary research, such as about housing wealth and social exclusion. I am interested in studying the case of Australia, because I expect this particular case to tell us much about the route other countries are taking, too. The situation when it comes to housing inequality in Australia is very severe – but through this research we hope to contribute to preventing more inequality in the housing market in the future”.


The project will run for three years and has been granted 500.000 AUD. The consortium aims to give policymakers robust evidence and direction for tackling this defining problem of our time. The results will be shared on the AISSR website.

Further reading

Druta, O., Limpens, A., Pinkster, F. & Ronald, R. (online) Early adulthood housing transitions in Amsterdam: Understanding dependence and independence between generations, Population, Space and Place, DOI/10.1002/psp.2196

Manzo, L., Druta, O. & Ronald, R. (online) Supported home ownership and adult independence in Milan: The gilded cage of family housing gifts & transfers, Sociology, DOI/10.1177/0038038518798761

Druta, O. and Ronald, R. (online) Young adults’ pathways into homeownership in Tokyo: Shifting practices and meanings, Environment and Planning A, DOI/10.1177/0308518X18763372

Van Duijne, R.J & Ronald, R. (online) The unravelling of Amsterdam's unitary rental system, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, DOI: 10.1007/s10901-018-9601-x

Ronald, R. (2018) ‘Generation Rent’ and intergenerational relations in the era of housing financialization, Critical Housing Analysis, 5(2) pp. 14-26 

Ronald, R. & Kadi, J. (2018) The revival of private landlords in Britain’s post-homeownership society, New Political Economy, 23(6) pp. 786-803

Druta, O. & Ronald, R. (2018) Intergenerational support for autonomous living in a post-socialist housing market: homes, meanings & practices, Housing Studies, 33(2) pp. 299-316

Ronald, R. & Lennartz, C. (2018) Housing careers, intergenerational support and family relations, Housing Studies, 33(2) pp. 147-159