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Vivienne Milligan

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

Vivienne Milligan is an Honorary Professor at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. Prior to her retirement in 2016 she held the position of Associate Professor at the Centre from 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 successful career in public sector administration (1983-1999) to complete a doctoral thesis at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2003. Between 2004 and 2008, she was Director of the AHURI Sydney Research Centre at the University of Sydney. 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. 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. In 1993 she was awarded a Public Service Medal for her work in reforming social housing policy in Queensland. Vivienne is the co-author, with Hal Pawson and Judith Yates, of the 2020 book: Housing Policy in Australia: a Case for System Reform (Palgrave Macmillan ).


  • 2016–2023
    Honorary Professor , University of New South Wales


Public Service Medal, 1993