New Conversation article on informal housing among older Australians, by Sara Alidoust
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New Conversation article on informal housing among older Australians, by Sara Alidoust

The severe lack of affordable housing is hurting Australians right across the community – from young renters, to families seeking to buy and older people needing a stable home. The number of Australians over 55 who are homeless jumped by 28% between the 2011 and 2016 censuses. An increasing lack of affordable housing is forcing some older people … Continue reading

New book chapter on how to plan healthy and livable cities, by Sara Alidoust
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New book chapter on how to plan healthy and livable cities, by Sara Alidoust

This chapter provides a holistic view of the role of urban planning in promoting health. It discusses how planning decisions play a central role in the social, mental, and physical health of residents through the provision of healthy housing and urban infrastructure and promoting inclusive and equitable societies. Climate and environmental management can also create … Continue reading

New article on housing and health in Reviews on Environmental Health, by Sara Alidoust
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New article on housing and health in Reviews on Environmental Health, by Sara Alidoust

This paper provides a systematic review of the evidence linking housing and health. This involved a review of 59 peer-reviewed journal papers, that included case studies on the health impacts of housing and were published in English, in the past decade (2010–2020). Our systematic review of the literature suggested most of the research on the … Continue reading

New article on house-sitting and ‘home’-making among older people published in Australian Geographer by Sara Alidoust and Fahimeh Khalaj
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New article on house-sitting and ‘home’-making among older people published in Australian Geographer by Sara Alidoust and Fahimeh Khalaj

The growing housing unaffordability is forcing people to take on unconventional pathways and experiment with alternate means of ‘home’-making. This research explores opportunities for making ‘home’ that emerge from practices of house-sitting among older people, particularly those with no permanent housing. Findings from semi-structured interviews suggest that house-sitting is an affordable shelter that provides rent-free … Continue reading

New article on post-Covid urban futures in Journal of Urbanism, by Dorina Pojani and Sara Alidoust
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New article on post-Covid urban futures in Journal of Urbanism, by Dorina Pojani and Sara Alidoust

This article recounts a study of media predictions on the future of cities, post-pandemic. From a theoretical perspective, we consider discourse and storytelling (written, oral, or visual) as crucial public policy and planning tools. The study is based on a qualitative analysis of more than 110 media articles from more than 60 sources, which appeared … Continue reading

New encyclopedia entry on children’s active school travel, by UQ|UP team
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New encyclopedia entry on children’s active school travel, by UQ|UP team

This article reviews the available literature on children’s active school travel (walking and cycling) around the world. Rates of active travel to school vary substantially by setting but, cycling is much less popular than walking nearly everywhere. Active school travel is more consistently associated with (1) socio-economic and demographic variables including lower socio-economic background of … Continue reading