Regenerative Housing: Emerging perspectives webinar series

Australia’s COVID-19 recovery plan offers the perfect opportunity to stimulate the social housing sector and give it the respect and attention it so desperately needs. With the right stimulus packages from the government, we may be able to not only create local jobs but also draw on the best in quality sustainable design and construction to create healthy, equitable communities on the path to meeting the national shortfall in social housing which is estimated at a horrifying 433,000 dwellings.

Join our presenters and panellists from Australia’s housing industry, research institutes and academic experts as we discuss our current housing situation and look at how we can work towards restoring this community to create healthy, equitable environments where people can thrive.

This series has been developed in partnership with Community Housing Industry Association

Events will be hosted by Claire Bowles, Sustainability Lead, i2C

Event partners
Partner websites:
Community Housing Industry Association 
Cultivating Community 

Event One: 23 September, 8am-9am (AEST)

Finding Refuge. What are the pathways to permanent housing for those most in need?

Data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, Australia’s homelessness rate was on the up having increased by 4.6% over the last five years. When we look at people within our lower-income demographic here in Australia, over half of them are forced to live in ‘rental’ distress. As we watch unemployment rise in our COVID world, what does this mean for those most in need within our communities?  Australia’s population is projected to reach around 40 million people by 2061. This event will explore the current housing situation and discuss how this housing crisis can and is being addressed.


Tom Alves, Head of Development, AHURI

Jenny Samms, Consultant specialising in Aboriginal and social housing

Nicholas Proud, CEO, Powerhousing


Event Two: 7 October, 8am-9am  (AEST)

Restoring community. How can housing transform the way we live in community?

A housing co-operative is a community of people who voluntarily work together to meet their common need for affordable, secure and sustainable housing. Housing co-ops empower residents to make decisions about the management and maintenance of their homes. The co-op model results in economic, social and environmental benefits to both members and the wider community. Housing co-ops provide more than just housing and are an important solution, both in the past, present and into the future.


Eugenie Stockmann, CEO, Cooperative Housing

Oliver Jones, Research Director, Ryder

Ken Marchingo, CEO Haven Home Safe


Event Three: 21 October, 8am-9am (AEST)

Cultivating Compassion. How to sow seeds of love and compassion through community and urban agriculture in housing.


Nick Rose, Exec Director, Sustain

Rob Rees, CEO Cultivating Community

Maree Mackenzie, CEO Homes North Community Housing


Event Four: 4 November 8am-9am (AEST)

Restoring ecosystems.  How can housing work in harmony with nature and deliver multiple benefits along the way?


Prof Sarah Bekessy, RMIT

Morag Gamble, Founder, Permaculture Education Institute

Schored Projects, Director Schored Projects


Event Five: 18 November 8am-9am (AEST)

Decolonising our futures. How can housing seek to imagine and enact the world differently?


Louise Crabtree, Associate Professor Western Sydney University

Margaret Pfoh, CEO Aboriginal Housing Management Association

Keith Gregory, Deadly Guardians


Event Six: 2 December 8am-9am (AEST)

Designing for hope and resilience. What next, how can our housing address issues we face?


Wendy Hayhurst, CEO CHIA

Warren Schmidt, Ryder Vancouver

Prof Elizabeth Grant, RMIT

Dayne Davis, Managing Director, Timber Design Studio