2018 APNHR and AHRC Conference

Welcome to the 2018 APNHR and AHRC Conference website.  On this page you will find information on the conference themes, submitting abstracts, registering, accommodation options and getting around the Gold Coast during your stay. We look forward to seeing you in June on the Gold Coast.

Smart and Sustainable Housing Futures:  Towards an Efficient and Equitable Housing Delivery System

In 2018 the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR) Conference and the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC) are combining to hold a joint conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to meet with colleagues from Asia, the Pacific and Australasia whose research examines a broad range of housing issues – physical, economic, social, environmental and political.

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed, and only those papers which are accepted will be scheduled for presentation at the Conference and for publication in the Proceedings.

Conference theme

Smart and Sustainable futures’ issues are expected to be looked at in an integrative and holistic way in addressing the different sustainability pillars taking into account future studies and changes within the global context. This joint APNHR and AHRC conference will provide a special forum for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of academic institutions, government departments, and private sector organisations.  Within the specific conference sub-themes listed, we will cover broad areas of current and emerging issues which will enable affordability and livability while at the same time accelerating the speed, quality and equity of housing delivery in the Asia Pacific region.


  • Cities, neighbourhoods and livability
  • Social housing: its future, financing and management
  • Housing market stability
  • Innovations in housing finance
  • Affordable housing solutions and its planning and policy implications
  • Resilience of housing supply chains
  • High-rise living and property management
  • Ecology and development of housing solutions
  • Social issues in housing and homelessness
  • Disruptive technologies in housing: impact and applications
  • Comfort, health and safety issues in housing
  • Housing typologies and usability: efficiency and the cultural dimension
  • Prefabricated houses and transportable homes
  • Informal responses to current housing problems
  • Sustainable home ownership futures
  • Housing and non-shelter outcomes


The Conference will be held at Griffith University Gold Coast campus.  The City of the Gold Coast has an international airport located at the southern end of the coast, 25 km south of the University campus, and approximately 100 km south of Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane. An excellent network of public transport exists connecting the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Conference Information:

APNHR 2018 Program

APNHR 2018 Proceedings


Academic advisory Board:

  • Prof Rebecca L. H. Chiu, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Prof Ray Forrest, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Prof Kath Hulse, The Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia
  • Prof Jago Dodson, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Prof George Earl, Sustainable Living Infrastructure Consortium, Australia
  • Prof Yosuke Hirayama, The Kobe University, Japan
  • Prof Seo Ryeung Ju, Kyung Hee University, South Korea
  • Assoc Prof Wan Nor Azriyati Abd Aziz, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Prof Andreas Wibowo, Research Institute for Human Settlements, Indonesia

Local Organising Committee:

International Organising Committee

  • Prof Rachel Ong Viforj, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • Prof Yuzhe Wu, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China
  • Assoc Prof Imriyas Kamardeen, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
  • Assoc Prof Nicholas Chileshe, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  • Prof Adnan Enshassi, Dept of Civil Engineering, Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine
  • Dr Islam Abohela, Applied Science University, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Prof Liyin Shen, Chongqing University, China
  • Prof Chien-Ho Ko, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Prof Canfei He, Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Peking University

Accommodation and Transport

There are a large variety of accommodation options to choose from on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast city has a large range of accommodation to choose from including hotels, apartments and Airbnb. Whilst we have not secured any rooms, we recommend accommodation close to the tram line which runs straight to the Griffith Gold Coast campus. Some options include Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach, the Broadwater.

There is also the new Mantra property, Mantra at the Sharks which is walking distance to the campus.

For other accommodation options please visit these sites, just a few of many:

The G: light rail system runs from Broadbeach to Helensvale train station and stops right outside Griffith University Gold Coast campus. All public transport from Gold Coast to Brisbane requires the purchase of a Go Card to pay for fares. Translink provides an electronic travel card, the seeQ card, for visitors to Queensland which allows you to travel for 3 or 5 consecutive days using G:Link tram, bus, ferry and train services. You can purchase a 3 day card for $79 or 5 day card for $129. Purchases can be made online or at specified retailers. Go to this Translink page for more information and to purchase the seeQ Card

For more information on how to get around the Gold Coast visit the City of Gold Coast public transport pages.

Uber, limousine and taxi services are available in Queensland.

There are many things to do and see on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane if you are looking at staying on a little longer. Here are some suggestions:

  • The 'Worlds' - Seaworld, Dreamworld, Wet'n'Wild, Movie World (packages are avaliable for some of these);
  • Australian Outback Spectacular;
  • Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck;
  • Springbrook National Park and Glowworm Night Tour;
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary;
  • Hot Air Balloon over Gold Coast;
  • Tamborine Mountain Food and Wine Trail;
  • Gondola Cruise through the Gold Coast Waterways;
  • Brisbane City Cat;
  • Brisbane city, Southbank and surrounds;
  • Australia Zoo.