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Urban Planning and the Housing Market

International Perspectives for Policy and Practice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
    Pages 1-12
  3. Planning and the Housing Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 15-43
    3. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 45-84
    4. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 85-120
  4. International Perspectives on Planning, Housing Supply and Affordability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-122
    2. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 123-163
    3. Kirk McClure, Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 165-200
    4. Michelle Norris, Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 201-229
    5. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 231-258
    6. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 259-290
  5. Implications for Policy and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-292
    2. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 293-336
    3. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 337-361
    4. Nicole Gurran, Glen Bramley
      Pages 363-385
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 387-435

About this book


This book re-examines the role of urban policy and planning in relation to the housing market in an era of global uncertainty and change. The relationship between planning and the housing market is a contested problem across research, policy, and practice. Problems with housing supply and affordability in many nations have been linked to planning system constraints, while the global financial crisis has raised new questions about the role of urban planning regulation and processes in responding to housing market trends. With reference to international cases from the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia, the book examines how different systems of urban planning and governance address complex and dynamic housing market trends. It also offers practical guidance on how urban planning can support an efficient supply of appropriate and affordable homes in preferred locations. A detailed study, which explains and decodes the workings of the planning system and housing market, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of human geography and urban planning, as well as housing policy makers and practitioners. 


geography planning urban planning housing market housing supply comparative housing studies affordable housing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Architecture Design and PlanningThe University of SydneyDarlingtonAustralia
  2. 2.School of the Built EnvironmentHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has authored numerous publications on land use planning, housing and the environment in Australia, and is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Glen Bramley is Professor of Urban Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has published numerous books and journal articles on the housing market and urban regulation over the past three decades and has provided senior advice to governments in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Bibliographic information


“Urban Planning and the Housing Market draws extensively upon research funded over recent years … so it is pleasing to see the investment coming to fruition in this volume. The extra effort that has gone into the tabular presentation of inter-country differences in strategic approach, policy development, planning instruments, and housing outcomes is to be applauded. As a teaching resource and handbook for practitioners, this text will admirably fill a long standing gap in planning education.” (Blair Badcock, Urban Policy and Research, February, 2018)