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Professions and Professionalisation

A key aim of NHL is to share experiences and learnings among industry professionals to support growth in non-speculative housing markets.



Title: Without the developer, who does the …….? Collaborative self-development in Australian cities

Researcher: Dr Jasmine Palmer, UniSA.

Description:  This action research project follows stakeholders in Australian alternative housing delivery through the stages of group development, project proposal, design, and development. Using in-depth interviews at each stage, it aims to assist in understanding how the disrupted networks of traditional housing provision are reconfigured over time. Practically, it will deliver insights useful to the development of knowledge and professional skills necessary to advance alternative delivery.  

Status: Continuing since January 2017

Funded by: University of South Australia URIPA Grant

Title: "Collaborative Housing: Professional Roles”

Researcher: Dr Jasmine Palmer, UniSA and Dr Ir Lidewij Tummers, University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands. (Eds)

Description:  Special issue of the international journal Built Environment.

While households engaging in self-organisation frequently seek to realise housing which diverges in some way from that provided by the market, their planning, construction and development inevitably take place in the context of mainstream housing production. Households organising to self-commission, self-procure and self-manage housing clusters are often not equipped with the expertise required to articulate needs and negotiate the constraints and complexities of housing provision. Adding to the challenge, mainstream development partners (e.g., engineers, officials, housing associations, and financiers) frequently perceive such projects as complex, risky, and complicated. In locations where self-organisation is increasing, existing professional infrastructures need to adapt and new professions (e.g. facilitators) are emerging. This issue includes research and case studies from Australia, South America, Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe,  Africa and the UK.  It aims to prompt discussion of how self-organisation transforms mainstream housing practices.

Status: Published September 2019

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