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Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney

Peter Phibbs is a geographer, planner and social economist with extensive experience in program evaluation, financial analysis and cost benefit analysis. He has undertaken economic and financial appraisals of a diverse range of projects including numerous housing programs and projects.

Peter has over thirty years experience undertaking housing research. Previously he was the Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney and the Foundation Director of the Henry Halloran Trust at the same University. He is now an Emeritus Professor and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

His recent housing research has been on the development of the affordable housing strategies in Australia. He has a particular interest in the risks associated with lobbyists and rent-seekers on the integrity of these strategies. He is also been researching the connections between planning systems and housing markets.

One of his key teaching interests is to ensure urban planners have a good grasp of the fundamentals of property economics. He provides a course on Property Economics for Planners for the Planning Insititute of Australia as well as his very popular course - Planning for Non-Planners.


  • 2013–present
    Chair of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Sydney


  • 1986 
    UNSW, PhD