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Vivienne Milligan

Honorary Professor – Housing Policy and Practice, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

Vivienne Milligan joined City Futures Research Centre as an Associate Professor and researcher (part time) in August 2008. A geographer and housing policy expert, she completed a BA Hons at the University of Sydney in 1973 and worked in academia for a decade (1973-1982) before returning from a highly successful career in public sector administration (1983-1999) to complete a doctoral thesis at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2003. She was Director of the AHURI Sydney Research Centre at the University of Sydney between 2004 and 2008 and was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor there in 2005. In addition to having a core focus on housing policy, Vivienne’s research and policy interests include urban renewal and community revitalisation, housing market dynamics and comparative housing research. Prior to returning to academia in the last decade, Vivienne had over 20 years of senior management experience in housing policy development and innovation in Australia, working at different times in the federal and three state jurisdictions. During her public sector career she was instrumental in developing new initiatives in public, community, Indigenous and affordable housing. She is highly regarded across Australia for her contributions to housing policy development and was awarded a Public Service Medal for her contributions to the social housing sector in Queensland in 1993. Vivienne has also held several important positions in non government organisations.


  • –present
    Associate Professor - City Futures Research Centre, Housing Policy and Practice, UNSW Australia