Chris Leishman

Professor Chris Leishman


School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

I am the Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning and the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide. These research centres also act as the University of Adelaide AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute) Research Centre.

My personal research interests are focused on the economics of the housing market, including the relationship between housing supply and affordability, the behaviour of housing and land developers, and demographic / socio-economic processes such as household formation, housing consumption decisions and tenure choice.

2018, Social Housing exit points, outcomes, and future pathways: An administrative data analysis, AHURI, $150k

2018, The spatial and value distribution of housing stock growth, AHURI, $66k

2017, Social housing and employment pathways rapid evidence check, Sax Institute, $27k

2017, UK housing evidence centre (CaCHE), leader of ‘Understanding housing markets’ theme, ESRC, £125k of £6M

2015, Modelling housing need in Australia to 2025, AHURI, AUS $250k

2015, Rent restructuring in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, £25k

2013, Links between housing and poverty over the lifecourse, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £100k

2013, Modelling the impacts of property tax reform, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £50k

2012, The impact of welfare reform on social rented tenants in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, £25k

2011, Assessing the impacts of welfare reform on Glasgow Housing Association tenants, Glasgow Housing Association, £23k

2010, A long run model of housing supply for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, £50k

2009, Developing sub-regional models of housing markets, supply and affordability in England, National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, £52k

2008, Housing and Neighbourhood Monitor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £100k

2008, Understanding builder to builder residential land transactions, UK Government - Department of Communities and Local Government, £20k

2007, Factors affecting housing build-out rates, UK Government - Department of Communities and Local Government, £7k

2007, Scottish model of housing supply and affordability, Scottish Government, £130k

2007-10, Reconciling divergent views on the availability of residential development land, ESRC CASE award, £20k

2006-2008, Options for improving the performance of the existing built asset base, EPSRC and the Carbon Trust, £100k element of £1.5M consortium

2005, Housing investment and neighbourhood change, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £59k

2004, Measuring and modelling housing demand, UK Government - The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, £140k

2004, Housing market analysis based on the English House Condition Survey, UK Government - The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, £10k

2004, Assessment of the impact of GRO funding in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, Communities Scotland, £10k

2003, Sub-prime lending and sustainable owner occupation, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £27k

2003, Options for low cost owner occupation, East Lothian Council, £27k

2002, Secondary analysis of housing market data, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £20k

2002, Hybrid hedonic repeat-sales indices with U.S. and U.K. data, The RICS Education Trust, £5k

2002, Developing client participation in the private house building design process using flexible house types, EPSRC, £60k

2001, The influence of office occupiers' space requirements and office agents' behaviour on the dynamics of urban office markets, The RICS Education Trust, £5k

2001, Assessment of the options for council tax rebanding in Scotland, The Scottish Parliament, £39k

2001, Assessing and predicting the long-run impacts of the Right to Buy in Scotland, Scottish Homes and the Scottish Executive, £40k

2001, New housing characteristics and households' preferences: comparing buyers' with builders' perspectives on new houses, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £74k

2000, The role of the planning system in the provision of housing, The Scottish Executive, £53k

2000, The impact of former coal mineshafts on the housing market in Stoke-on-Trent, UK Government - Department of Trade and Industry, £30k

2000, Constructing local housing market indicators based on repeat-sales indices, The RICS Education Trust, £5k

1999, Hedonic models, submarkets and the valuation of office property, The RICS Education Trust, £5k

  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2015 - 2016 Scottish Government
    2004 - 2008 Department of Communities and Local Government (UK Government) United Kingdom
    2002 - 2004 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK)
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Editor Urban Studies United Kingdom
    2010 - 2015 Editor-In-chief Housing Studies United Kingdom
  • Position: Director
  • Phone: 83133216
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 21
  • Org Unit: Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning

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