The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) engages in research focused on the complex political, economic, social, cultural and environmental processes and relations that are transforming cities and regions.

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CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE RENTAL SECTOR
Climate change adaptation in the rental sector

Research team

A project of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Newcastle funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research FacilityNCCARF logo

Chief Investigators

  • Dr Lesley Instone, Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Kathy Mee, Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle

Research team members

  • Dr Jane Palmer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle
  • Ms Miriam Williams, Doctoral candidate, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle
  • Ms Nicola Vaughan, Doctoral candidate, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the project represents end-users of the research outputs, such as property managers working for real estate agents, Housing NSW which is the provider of public housing in NSW, and both Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie City Council.  A range of other organisations were also invited to participate in the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee will meet at regular intervals to ensure the project is on track and is meeting end-user needs.

Membership of the Steering Committee is as follows:

  • Dr Robyn Dowling, Associate Professor, Department of Environment and Geography, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University
  • Mr Ross Fallins, Assistant Manager, Asset Supply, Housing NSW, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • Mr Wayne Stewart, President, Real Estate Institute of NSW
  • Mr Peter Dormand, Manager, Environment and Climate Change Services, Newcastle City Council
  • Dr Geoff Evans, Environmental Security Coordinator, Sustainability Department, Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Dr Lesley Instone, Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Kathy Mee, Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle