Chris Martin

Senior Lecturer

Chris is a Senior Research Fellow in the City Futures Research Centre. 

Chris's research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability, with special interest in:

  • tenancy law;
  • the private rental market and related institutions;
  • social housing;
  • lodging and boarding houses;
  • residential parks and land lease communities;
  • housing investment and finance;
  • housing policy and intergovernmental relations;
  • history of housing policy
  • international comparative housing studies; and
  • intersections between housing and criminal justice.

Chris has led and participated in numerous inquiries and research projects for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and other research funders.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. He is also a past Chair of Shelter NSW. 

Chris Martin joined the City Futures Research Centre in May 2015 as a Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice.

Chris's research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability, with special interest in:

  • tenancy law;
  • the private rental market and related institutions;
  • social housing;
  • boarding houses, lodging and other marginal rental housing;
  • housing and taxation; and
  • the history of housing policy.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on residential tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. Chris's PhD research was in the government of crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales.

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/chris_martin#sthash.1seVsShP.dpuf

Chris Martin joined the City Futures Research Centre in May 2015 as a Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice.

Chris's research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability, with special interest in:

  • tenancy law;
  • the private rental market and related institutions;
  • social housing;
  • boarding houses, lodging and other marginal rental housing;
  • housing and taxation; and
  • the history of housing policy.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on residential tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. Chris's PhD research was in the government of crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales.

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/chris_martin#sthash.1seVsShP.dpu

Chris Martin joined the City Futures Research Centre in May 2015 as a Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice.

Chris's research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability, with special interest in:

  • tenancy law;
  • the private rental market and related institutions;
  • social housing;
  • boarding houses, lodging and other marginal rental housing;
  • housing and taxation; and
  • the history of housing policy.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on residential tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. Chris's PhD research was in the government of crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales.

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/chris_martin#sthash.1seVsShP.dpuf
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Chris Martin joined the City Futures Research Centre in May 2015 as a Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice.

Chris's research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability, with special interest in:

  • tenancy law;
  • the private rental market and related institutions;
  • social housing;
  • boarding houses, lodging and other marginal rental housing;
  • housing and taxation; and
  • the history of housing policy.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on residential tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. Chris's PhD research was in the government of crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales.

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/chris_martin#sthash.1seVsShP.dpuf

Chris Martin joined the City Futures Research Centre in May 2015 as a Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice.

Chris's research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability, with special interest in:

  • tenancy law;
  • the private rental market and related institutions;
  • social housing;
  • boarding houses, lodging and other marginal rental housing;
  • housing and taxation; and
  • the history of housing policy.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on residential tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. Chris's PhD research was in the government of crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales.

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/profile/chris_martin#sthash.DrKxnjZk.dpuf
Journal articles
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Martin C, 2021, 'Australia’s incipient eviction crisis: No going back', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 46, pp. 134 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X21990940
2021
Martin C, 2021, 'Australian Residential Tenancies Law in the COVID-19 Pandemic: considerations of housing and property rights', UNSW Law Journal, vol. 44, pp. 197 - 226, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/article/australian-residential-tenancies-law-in-the-covid-19-pandemic-considerations-of-housing-and-property-rights/
2021
Crommelin L; Parkinson S; Martin C; Troy L, 2021, 'Airbnb and Amenity: Is Short-Term Letting Reshaping How We Live in the City?', Critical Housing Analysis, vol. 8, pp. 119 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.13060/23362839.2021.8.1.528
2021
Pawson H; Martin C, 2020, 'Rental property investment in disadvantaged areas: the means and motivations of Western Sydney’s new landlords', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1709806
2020
Martin C, 2020, 'Security and Renewal in Australian Public Housing: Historical Representations and Current Problems', Urban Policy and Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2020.1829583
2020
Hulse K; Reynolds M; Martin C, 2019, 'The Everyman archetype: discursive reframing of private landlords in the financialization of rental housing', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1644297
2019
Lawson J; Martin C, 2019, 'Review of selected works by M. Mazzucato and colleagues on states, market shaping and value', Housing, Theory and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2019.1612153
2019
Martin C, 2018, 'Clever Odysseus: narratives and strategies of rental property investor subjectivity in Australia', Housing Studies, vol. 33, pp. 1060 - 1084, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2017.1414161
2018
Pawson H; Milligan V; Martin C, 2018, 'Building Australia's affordable housing industry: capacity challenges and capacity-enhancing strategies', International Journal of Housing Policy, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19491247.2018.1469108
2018
Martin C, 2018, 'Improving Housing Security through Tenancy Law Reform: Alternatives to Long Fixed Term Agreements', Property Law Review, vol. 7, pp. 184 - 194, https://www-westlaw-com-au.wwwproxy1.library.unsw.edu.au/maf/wlau/app/document?&src=search&docguid=I4d028561e38011e8b978b52e7aea20ea&epos=1&snippets=true&fcwh=true&startChunk=1&endChunk=1&nstid=std-an
2018
Crommelin LM; Troy L; Martin C; Pettit C, 2018, 'Is Airbnb a sharing economy superstar? Evidence from five global cities', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 36, pp. 429 - 444, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2018.1460722
2018
Martin C, 2018, 'The Commonwealth tenancy disputes legislation: A bad vibe', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 15 - 25
2018
Martin CL, 2016, 'One strike, three strikes: crime and anti-social behaviour in NSW public housing', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 41, pp. 262 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1604100410
2016
Martin C, 2015, 'Contracts and conduct: Using tenancy law to govern crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales', Property Law Review, vol. 5, pp. 81 - 100
2015
Martin CL, 2004, 'Law and Order in Public Housing: the Residential Tenancies (Public Housing) Act 2004', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 16
2004
Martin CL, 2002, 'Public Assembly and Dissent in Sydney – one year on from the Olympic Games', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 27
2002
Martin CL, 2001, 'Review of the Report of the Ombudsman Victoria, Investigation of Police Action at the World Economic Forum Demonstrations September 2000, June 2001', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 13
2001
Martin CL, 2000, 'Crime and Control in Australian Urban Space', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 12
2000
Reports
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Pawson H; Martin C; Sisson A; Thompson S; Fitzpatrick S; March A, 2021, COVID-19: Rental housing and homelessness impacts – an initial analysis, ACOSS and UNSW, Sydney, 1, http://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/COVID19_Rental-housing-and-homelessness-impacts_report-1.pdf
2021
valentine K; Cripps K; Flanagan K; Habibis D; Martin C; Blunden H, 2020, Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri7116001, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/339
2020
Ong ViforJ R; Pawson H; Singh R; Martin C, 2020, Demand-side assistance in Australia’s rental housing market: exploring reform options, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Ltd, Melbourne, 342, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri8120801, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/342
2020
Martin C; Habibis D; Burns L; Pawson H, 2019, Social housing legal responses to crime and anti-social behaviour: impacts on vulnerable families, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 314, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7116301, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/314
2019
Flanagan K; Martin C; Jacobs K; Lawson J, 2019, A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure, AHURI Ltd, Melbourne, 309, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-4114101, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/34861/AHURI-Final-Report-309-A-conceptual-analysis-of-social-housing-as-infrastructure.pdf
2019
Lawson J; Denham T; Dodson J; Flanagan K; Jacobs K; Martin C; van den Nouwelant R; Pawson H; Troy L, 2019, Social housing as infrastructure: rationale, prioritisation and investment pathway, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 315, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-5314001, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/315
2019
Pawson H; Martin C; van den Nouwelant R; Milligan V; Ruming K; Melo Zurita MDL, 2019, Build-to-Rent in Australia: product feasibility and potential affordable housing contribution, Landcom NSW, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/551/LCOM_0000_Build_to_Rent_Report_WEB_July_2019.pdf
2019
Powell A; Meltzer A; Martin C; Stone W; Liu E; Flanagan K; Muir K; Tually S, 2019, The construction of social housing pathways across Australia, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7118101, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/316
2019
Martin C, 2019, Boarding Houses in New South Wales: growth, change and implications for equitable density, Shelter NSW, Sydney, No 64, http://www.shelternsw.org.au/uploads/1/2/1/3/121320015/cfrcjuly2019___boarding_houses_in_nsw___shelterbrief64.pdf
2019
Liu E; Martin C; Easthope H, 2019, Poor-quality housing and low-income households: Review of evidence and options for reform, City Futures Research Centre, Sydney, Shelter Brief No. 63, https://www.shelternsw.org.au/blog/poor-quality-housing-and-low-income-households
2019
Crommelin L; Troy L; Martin C; Parkinson S, 2018, Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report No. 305, 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7115201, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/305
2018
Hulse K; Martin C; James A; Stone W, 2018, Private rental in transition: institutional change, technology and innovation in Australia, AHURI Ltd, Melbourne, AHURI Final Reports, 296, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-5112101, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/296
2018
Martin C; Hulse K; Pawson H, 2018, The changing institutions of private rental housing: an international review, AHURI, Melbourne, AHURI Final Report, Final Report 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7112201, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/292
2018
Muir K; Martin C; Liu E; Kaleveld L; Flatau P; Etuk L; Pawson H, 2018, Amplify Insights: Housing Affordability and Homelessness, Centre for Social Impact UNSW, Sydney, http://www.csi.edu.au/news/national-housing-affordability-framework-urgently-needed-address-critical-lack-affordable-housing-problem-affecting-everyone-says-new-report/
2018
Hulse K; Parkinson S; Martin C, 2018, Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector, AHURI, Melbourne, AHURI Final Reports, 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-5112001, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/24695/AHURI_Final_report_303_Inquiry_into_the_future_of_the_private_rental_sector.pdf
2018
Troy L; Martin C, 2017, Queensland Rental Vulnerability Index, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/396/RVI_final_to_TQ_public.pdf
2017
Milligan VR; Pawson H; Phillips, R; Martin, C, 2017, Developing the scale and capacity of Australia’s affordable housing industry, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne Australia, online, AHURI Final Report, 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7108402., http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/278
2017
Pawson H; Martin C; Flanagan K; Phillips R, 2016, Recent housing transfer experience in Australia: Implications for affordable housing industry development (AHURI Final Report #273), Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7108101, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/273
2016
Milligan V; Martin C; Phillips R; Liu EY; Pawson H; Spinney A, 2016, Profiling Australia's Affordable Housing Industry (AHURI Final Report #268), Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, Final Report 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7108401, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/268
2016
Martin CL, 2015, Heritage and social housing: implications for repairs, maintenance, modifications and redevelopments, Shelter NSW, Sydney
2015
Martin CL, 2007, Shelter - Hot Topics 57, State Library of NSW, Sydney, Hot Topics: legal issues in plain language, 57, http://www.legalanswers.sl.nsw.gov.au/hot_topics/pdf/shelter_57.pdf
2007
Martin CL; Blunden H, 2004, Leaking Roofs: Australian tenancy law, Tenants' Union of NSW, Sydney
2004
Creative Written Works
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Maalsen S; Martin C; Rogers D; Power E, 2020, Why housing evictions must be suspended to defend us against coronavirus, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/why-housing-evictions-must-be-suspended-to-defend-us-against-coronavirus-134148
2020
Martin C, 2020, Rents can and should be reduced or suspended for the coronavirus pandemic, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/rents-can-and-should-be-reduced-or-suspended-for-the-coronavirus-pandemic-135929
2020
Ong ViforJ R; Martin C; Pawson H; Singh R, 2020, $1 billion per year (or less) could halve rental housing stress, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/1-billion-per-year-or-less-could-halve-rental-housing-stress-146397
2020
Martin C, 2018, What Australia can learn from overseas about the future of rental housing, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/what-australia-can-learn-from-overseas-about-the-future-of-rental-housing-90401
2018
Martin C, 2018, Wealthy landlords and more sharehousing: how the rental sector is changing, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/wealthy-landlords-and-more-sharehousing-how-the-rental-sector-is-changing-94394
2018
Martin CL, 2017, Rental insecurity: why fixed long-term leases aren’t the answer, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/rental-insecurity-why-fixed-long-term-leases-arent-the-answer-73114
2017
Martin C; Troy L, 2017, Two pictures of rental housing stress and vulnerability zero in on areas of need, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/two-pictures-of-rental-housing-stress-and-vulnerability-zero-in-on-areas-of-need-77714
2017
Martin CL; Pawson H, 2017, Australia needs to reboot affordable housing funding, not scrap it, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-to-reboot-affordable-housing-funding-not-scrap-it-72861
2017
Martin CL, 2017, Saving Sirius: why heritage protection should include social housing, The Conversation, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/saving-sirius-why-heritage-protection-should-include-social-housing-81670
2017
Martin CL; Pawson H, 2017, Budget 2017 charts new social and affordable housing agenda, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/budget-2017-charts-new-social-and-affordable-housing-agenda-76794
2017
Martin CL, 2016, Might Labor's negative-gearing policy yet save the housing market?, Might Labor's negative-gearing policy yet save the housing market?, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/might-labors-negative-gearing-policy-yet-save-the-housing-market-59989
2016
Martin CL, 2016, Tenants' rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW, revised online 4th edition, Tenants' rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW, revised online 4th edition, State Library of NSW, http://www.legalanswers.sl.nsw.gov.au/guides/tenants_rights_manual/
2016
Conference Presentations
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Martin C, 2019, 'Social housing legal responses to crime and anti-social behaviour', presented at National Housing Conference, Darwin, Northern Territory, 27 August 2019 - 27 September 2019
2019
Martin C, 2019, 'Regulating Airbnb and short-term letting: an international review', presented at Sixth Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 11 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
2019
Martin CL, 2017, 'Property investor subjectivity in Australia: narratives and strategies', presented at RC43 - Unreal Estate? Rethinking Housing, Class and Identity, City University, Hong Kong, 18 June 2017 - 21 June 2017
2017
Martin CL, 2005, 'Government Housing: crime, order and security in public housing in New South Wales', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology annual conference, Wellington, New Zealand, -
2005
Martin C; Mott P; Landles Z, 2002, 'Marginalising public housing tenants: from the 'Good Neighbour Policy' to 'renewable tenancies'', presented at Housing, crime and stronger communities, Melbourne, 06 May 2002 - 07 May 2002, http://www.aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/housing/martin.pdf
2002
Martin CL; Stubbs J, 2001, 'Neither Panopticon nor Panacea: differing meanings of CCTV surveillance in Sydney', presented at Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology annual conference, Melbourne, -
2001
Book Chapters
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Pettit C; Ticzon C; Reades J; Wentz EA; Ong P; Martin C; Troy L; Crommelin L, 2018, 'How Disruptive Technology is Impacting the Housing and Property Markets: An Examination of Airbnb', in Reed R; Pettit C (ed.), Real Estate and GIS: The Application of Mapping Technologies, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 36 - 64, https://www.routledge.com/Real-Estate-and-GIS-The-Application-of-Mapping-Technologies/Reed-Pettit/p/book/9781138187986
2018
Arbuthnot G; Irving A; Lee J; Martin CL; Mowbray R; Smyth P; Wilkinson R, 2016, 'Housing', in The Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide to the Law in New South Wales, edn. 14, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, http://legal.thomsonreuters.com.au/the-law-handbook-your-practical-guide-to-the-law-in-nsw-14th-edition/productdetail/124551
2016
Conference Papers
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Martin C, 2018, 'Housing Reform and Classical Liberal Governmentality Before the Social Housing Era', in McShane I; Taylor E; Porter L; Woodcock I (eds.), Remaking Cities - Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2018, Remaking Cities - 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2018, Melbourne, pp. 303 - 313, presented at Remaking Cities - 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2018, Melbourne, 31 January 2018 - 02 February 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.25916/5c2446b63857c
2018
Troy L; Martin C, 2017, 'Rental Vulnerability: a new methodology for measuring and mapping disadvantage in rental housing', in State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, Adelaide, presented at State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, Adelaide, 28 November 2017 - 30 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/50/5b2de81a7591b
2017
Books
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Martin C, 2012, Tenants' Rights Manual: a practical guide to renting in New South Wales (4th edition), 4th, Federation Press, Annandale
2012
Theses / Dissertations
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Martin CL, 2011, Government Housing: governing crime and disorder in public housing in New South Wales, University of Sydney
2011

Housing policy

Housing affordability

Tenancy law

Private rental housing

Social housing

Marginal rental

Housing and criminal justice

Liu E; Martin C; Easthope H, 2019, Chilly house? Mouldy rooms? Here’s how to improve low-income renters’ access to decent housing, https://theconversation.com/chilly-house-mouldy-rooms-heres-how-to-improve-low-income-renters-access-to-decent-housing-116749
2019
Flanagan K; Martin C; Jacobs K; Lawson J, 2019, Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter, https://theconversation.com/is-social-housing-essential-infrastructure-how-we-think-about-it-does-matter-110777
2019
Crommelin L; Martin C; Troy L; Parkinson S, 2018, Who wins and who loses when platforms like Airbnb disrupt housing? And how do you regulate it?, https://theconversation.com/who-wins-and-who-loses-when-platforms-like-airbnb-disrupt-housing-and-how-do-you-regulate-it-106234
2018