May 2021

Research project seeking co-op members

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.

Applications due 5pm, 11 June 2021.

More Information

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

  • The project
  • Tasks and requirements for participation in the research
  • Eligibility and selection criteria


For more information about this project please email:

Bronwyn Bate:
Louise Crabtree-Hayes:

If you are Interested in participating in the project, please submit a CV and a written response demonstrating how you meet the Selection Criteria by 5pm Friday, 31 May 2021 to Laura Freeman:

Read more about the origins of the research