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How built environments can be structured to make them work for everyone, particularly those who have a disability.

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Competitive advantage

  • Significant national and international reputation in the area of enabling environments
  • Experience investigating how the assumptions and knowledge about built environments impact disabled people and whether they enable movement and independence, or disable people further
  • Expertise and research on:
    • Housing and care
    • Housing and health
    • Older people and sustainability
    • Accessibility of the built environment
    • Extensive research on home modification interventions


  • Aiming to raise awareness about the vital importance of design for inclusivity, and positively impact policy development and practice in this area.

Successful applications

  • Innovative research projects that have provided the evidence needed to directly influence national policy and standards, including the National Construction Code
  • Research has helped improve the quality of life of many thousands of people with disability in 190 countries around the world
  • Research reports have made a significant impact nationally and internationally on both housing policy and practice, and have been cited in National Productivity Commission reports

Capabilities and resources

  • World-leading expertise as part of the City Futures Research Centre and the larger Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Profile and committee membership in NSW, nationally and globally
  • Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) Project

Our partners

  • Caroma
  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
  • Local, State and Commonwealth Government