Professor, School of Economics and Finance, Curtin Business School, Curtin University
Director - Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute - Curtin Research Centre
Chair – Housing Industry Forecasting Group
Director - Learning and Teaching, School of Economics, Finance and Property
Steven Rowley is a professor of property in the School of Economics, Finance and Property at Curtin University. He has been director of the Australian Housing Urban Research Institute’s (AHURI) Curtin research centre since 2011 and is chair of the WA Housing Industry Forecasting Group (HIFG) which consists of 15 industry organisations brought together to forecast housing market activity. Since joining Curtin from the University of Sheffield in 2007 Steven has secured around $2.5m of research income from organisations such as AHURI, ARC and industry. His primary research focus is housing affordability and has published industry reports (Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Department of Communities), academic journal articles (Housing Studies) and AHURI documents (Modelling housing need; Housing stress and household wellbeing) on the topic. Specifically he has written on ways to improve the measurement of affordability and strategies to increase affordable housing supply. Steven has also written on issues around property development, particularly delivering infill housing, and residential property finance. He is a prolific media commentator including numerous appearances on TV, local and national radio and within a variety of national print media publications. In 2018 he was awarded a research impact award from Curtin University for his activities disseminating research findings which also included a number of industry events, including the launch of three publications by the State Minister for Housing. During his academic career Steven has secured 30 research grants, leading around half of them, published 12 journal articles, 10 AHURI reports, 7 book chapters, 26 industry reports and 16 refereed conference papers. He has made a major contribution to housing research, particularly housing affordability and affordable housing supply, bridging the gap between academia and industry. On top of his academic achievements Steven has considerable leadership experience, In addition to his roles with AHURI and the HIFG he was a head of department for 7 years, an acting head of school for 6 months, is currently the School’s director of learning and teaching, is part of a number of faculty committees, was a member of University academic board, was chair of the 2013 Australasian Housing Researchers Conference organising panel and has served on a number of industry committees.