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May 2021

Articulating Value in Housing Co-operatives

JULY 2021 Update

The research team have put together this video to outline the purpose of this important housing co-op research



June 2021 update

Articulating Value in Housing Co-operatives research project successfully recruited CEHL Co-operative Housing Program members from a Community Managed Cooperative (CMC) and a Common Equity Rental Housing Cooperative (CERC) and Rental Housing Cooperative. to help the research team from Western Sydney University :

  • identify the benefits generated by housing co-ops
  • understand how those benefits are created
  • understand the work required by co-op members in creating benefits

Why take part? 

  • This research will provide a valuable evidence base for policies to increase the supply of affordable, beneficial housing in Australia
  • Successful applicants will receive $50 per month during the research

Read more about the origins of the research


Article first published in May 2021

Articulating Value in Housing Co-operatives research project seeks to identify the benefits generated by housing cooperatives and how those benefits are created.  It includes the work of cooperative members in creating those benefits.

The proposed research develops a methodology to test the assertion that housing cooperatives generate social value. Testing this assertion can provide an evidence base for policies to expand the supply of affordable, socially beneficial housing in Australia.

This is a timely response as governments seek new, innovative, and effective responses to Australia’s housing affordability crisis.

The project is seeking two CEHL Housing Co-operative members to join the project

The research team are seeking two CEHL housing co-operative members, one CERC and one CMC member to provide 'expert co-op' advice on the development of the research project.

This research is being conducted by Western Sydney University and has been developed in collaboration with the Australian Cooperative Housing Alliance (ACHA). ACHA comprises housing cooperative organisations Common Equity NSW, Common Equity Housing Ltd, United Housing Cooperative Victoria, Common Equity Housing SA, and Co-operation Housing (WA).

Project Team Members

  • Associate Professor Louise Crabtree-Hayes – Western Sydney University
  • Ms Bronwyn Bate – Western Sydney University
  • Dr Sidsel Grimstad – University of Newcastle
  • Dr Neil Perry – Western Sydney University
  • Dr Emma Power – Western Sydney University
  • Dr Piret Veeroja - Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Wendy Stone – Swinburne University of Technology

Seeking two CEHL Housing Co-operative members to join the project one CERC and one CMC members to provide expert co-op advice. 

Successful applicants will receive a $50 per month stipend as a 'thank you' for participating in this research project.


More Information

See the attached EOI Articulating Value in Housing Cooperatives participation for more details 

Read more about the origins of the research

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