Welcome to the Centre for Population & Urban Research (CPUR)
The Centre for Population and Urban Research is an independent research organisation within the School of Political and Social Inquiry in the Arts Faculty of Monash University. Its funding derives mainly from external research grants and consultancies. It has prepared reports for a number of Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies, professional bodies and corporations.
- Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy This report documents the scale of the Melbourne’s recent inner-city high rise apartment boom and the scale of its likely further expansion.It shows that it is an investor led boom, which is disconnected from any underlying increased preference for apartment living. It is delivering thousands of tiny apartments which reflect developers’ ... Read more
- There has been a sharp decline in the growth of employment in Australia since 2010-11. The Australian Treasury expects this slow down to continue over the next two years and that as a result, unemployment will increase. At the same time as this slowdown is occurring, the Australian Government is running a record high permanent ... Read more
- The recent 2013 International Education Advisory Council report, Australia – Educating Globally recommends giving overseas students who graduate in Australia an additional advantage in the migration selection system. This report examines the implications. It notes that only a minority of these students are finding professional level positions in Australia. The additional advantage would make the situation worse ... Read more
- The federal and state governments base their GP manpower policies on the assumption that there is a shortage of GPs in Australia, particularly in non-metropolitan areas.This assumption is founded on a mindset that dates from the mid-2000s when there really was a shortage of GPs in some of these areas. There is a formidable bureaucracy ... Read more
- Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy, Virginia Rapson and T. Fred Smith – July 2012 This study explains why housing prices are amongst the highest in the world and why this has occurred despite the Melbourne 2030 compact city policy planning initiatives. Melbourne 2030 has failed because developers cannot build medium density apartments at an affordable price. The ... Read more
- The Australian Government is running a record-high migration program, which it intends to increase in 2012–13. The justification is that the program is delivering migrants with scarce skills needed in the resources industries. However, none of the skilled permanent entry or temporary visa categories targets such migrants. Employers can sponsor migrants regardless of the industry, ... Read more