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Professor Chris Leishman

Chris Leishman


Chris Leishman is an internationally leading housing economist and academic, currently Professor of Property and Housing Economics at the University of South Australia, Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide, Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield, and Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He is an editor for the Urban Studies journal and was previously Editor-In-Chief of the Housing Studies Journal.

His research focuses on the economics of the housing market, including the relationship between housing supply and affordability, the behaviour of housing and land developers, and demographic/socio-economic processes such as household formation, housing consumption decisions and tenure choice. His work has helped inform and shape government policy on housing supply and affordability, particularly in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is currently developing quantitative models of housing need and demand for Australia.

He has undertaken numerous studies for a variety of government departments and entities in several countries, third sector organisations, and a range of academic funders including the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. Most recently, he has led projects on Australia’s housing policy responses to COVID (AHURI), and contributed to policy development work funded by CHIA, Shelter and the Community Housing Council.

Member - Audit, Assurance and Risk Committee