Professor Wood is a Professor of Housing and Urban Research. He was previously Director of the RMIT Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and held positions at Murdoch University, Western Australia and the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Professor Wood’s main research interests are in public policy and urban studies, housing finance and labour economics. He has published widely and is currently on the International Editorial Advisory Board of Urban Studies. Gavin Wood has consulted to a number of organisations including: the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the New Zealand Department of Labour, the Office of Fair Trading (WA), the Northern Housing Executive and the Australian Commonwealth Government’s National Housing Strategy.
In November 2006 the Australian Research Council awarded the RMIT centre a Linkage International Social Sciences Collaboration Grant for the project “Housing wealth and welfare: unlocking housing wealth over the life course". This is collaboration with researchers at the Department of Geography, Durham University.