Carolyn Whitzman is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead researcher for Transforming Housing and lead editor of 'Melbourne: What Next? A discussion on creating a better future for Melbourne' (Research Monograph No. 1, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, 2014), 'Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City' (Earthscan, 2013), author of 'Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto Neighbourhood 1875-2002' (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and 'The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: practical planning tools' (Earthscan, 2008), and the co-author of 'Safe Cities: guidelines for planning, design, and management' (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995). She has also published numerous peer-reviewed scholarly publications, book chapters, and reports on partnerships for social justice in the city, with particular emphasis on the supporting the rights of women, children and people with disabilities to access affordable housing, public transportation, social services, and public space.
Average house rents in metropolitan Melbourne have increased by 5.3%, with apartment rents growing by 2.8%, over the last three months. A lack of affordable rental properties is a problem in Sydney too. This has fuelled...