Professor, Urban Research Program, Western Sydney University

Michael Darcy is a prominent researcher on social housing policy and management, and the connections between social disadvantage and place. His recent work questions orthodox approaches to concentration and de-concentration of disadvantage, and the way in which constructs of social capital and social mix have been deployed in public policy. His research approach reflects a commitment to deep engagement with local communities and organisations, and he is also a frequent and sought after commentator on these issues having made multiple appearances on media programs including Today Tonight, The World Today, Living Black, as well as invited presentations for organisations such as The Centre for Independent Journalism, Sydney Social Forum, Shelter NSW and NTEU.

Michael has worked with many research partners including the Westpac Foundation, Centrelink, NSW Dept of Housing, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and National Shelter. He was twice appointed by the Minister as an expert member of the NSW Housing Assistance Plan Advisory Committee and has been a Board Member of Shelter NSW and Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of Research Committee 43 (Housing and Built Environment) of the International Sociological Association.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Urban Studies, University of Western Sydney