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Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Dr Julie Lawson is Honorary Associate Professor with RMIT AHURI Research Centre and Centre for Urban Research.
Julie has a long term interest in housing issues and their resolution in many different countries through her research of housing systems, explanations for their development pathways and policy alternatives. Since 1993 she has published on international developments in urban development, social housing, housing finance, performance management and systems of housing provision in Europe, Australasia, North America and Asia, via various mediums including leading academic journals, peer reviewed scientific reports, as well as national radio documentaries. She has worked for institutes and universities (OTB TU Delft, AHURI, University of Sydney, RMIT, UNSW, Institute of Housing Studies IHS, Erasmus and University of Amsterdam), the United Nations (UNCHS, Habitat, Nairobi, OHCHR, Human Rights, Geneva), the Dutch and Australian governments, the Norwegian Housing Bank as well as city governments and community organizations.

She obtained her PhD in urban planning (University of Amsterdam), post graduate studies in Public Policy (Melbourne) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (RMIT) while playing an active role in housing policy developments. Julie is currently living in Oslo (due to diplomatic posting) working with colleagues from the AHURI network and Husbanken, Norway's housing bank.

The main themes of her research concern:
• Housing and urban policy in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia
• Housing finance and affordable housing promotion
• Social housing management including performance management and regulation
• Social inclusion and environmental sustainability
• Comparative and evaluative research methods
• Historical research and long term case study research
• Theoretical and methodological developments in housing studies


  • 2012–present
    Honorary Associate Professor, RMIT