Research

We specialise in several aspects of Placemaking Economics.  Our research projects span academic, policy and private sector applications.  Highlights include:

The Kinomatics Project

Dr Bronwyn Coate (PEG) with Prof Deb Verhoeven, Assoc. Prof. Stuart Palmer, Assoc. Prof. Colin Arrowsmith, Dr Sarah Taylor, Dr Ben Eltham and Vejune Zemaityte.

External Partner(s): Various partners have been involved in sub projects including the Independent Cinemas Association of Australia (ICAA)

The Kinomatics Project collected, explored, analysed and represented data about the creative industries. The research was collaborative and interdisciplinary.  The current focus is on the spatial and temporal dimensions of international film flow.

Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups

In this project the social and economic value of community playgroups in Australia was investigated. In particular, Dr Sinclair together with several other colleagues from the Centre of Urban Research examined the contribution of playgroups to the landscape of social care and their adaptive response to changing social and economic trends. They explored the role of playgroups in developing social capital and acting as a catalyst for parents and carers to engage with other social settings and increase general social trust. The study drew on interview with playgroup participants and coordinators in addition to data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC).

All being well? Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk 

Together with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Dr Ashton de Silva as well Professor Roslyn Russell co-authored a report outlining concepts of Financial wellbeing.  This is part of a research program which also included a workshop in late 2016

Housing, multi-level governance and economic productivity

Drs Sinclair and de Silva earlier this year published the findings of an investigation focusing on the nexus between housing, governance and productivity.  Highlights from the report include a detail examination into the complexity of the housing market as well as results from several focus groups.  A suggested policy framework for assessing policy is proposed.  Macroeconomic and planning measures were used to illustrate the usefulness of the framework.

The ‘Florida hypothesis’ suggests that regional economic growth is driven by inflows of creative workers (the ‘creative class’), and that creative class workers are attracted to regions that are tolerant and diverse. This paper seeks to test the second part of the hypothesis for Australia. Evidence suggests that while there is some association between changes in the creative class and tolerance, the association with diversity is weak and inconsistent. We conclude that overall, the Florida hypothesis does not explain the locational decisions of creatives in the Australian context.
Retirees and creatives, significant cohorts in the Australian economy, are used in this article to demonstrate the challenges faced by policymakers when addressing the housing environment.
The housing market is characterised by many participants, often with competing needs and wants, all contributing to the complexity of housing policy. As a result, policy can be difficult to define with multi-directional interdependencies. We identify five characteristics of complexity—uniqueness, layers of government, dynamism, actors and knowledge spheres—that if duly considered in the policy formation process could contribute to a more integrated approach that minimises negative and conflicting policy consequences.