Adam Russell

Adam is an architect and educator drawing critical practice to his career through the lenses of regenerative design and permaculture. He is a registered architect in NSW and Casual Academic at Newcastle University and Western Sydney University. 

Adam has expertise as a designer and thought leader in affordable and alternative housing, public buildings and urban design. Adam also has extensive experience as a design critic, awards juror and assessment panel member in NSW working with industry bodies, universities and local government.

Andy Marlow

Andy is an architect and passivhaus designer. He believes all people should live, work and play in buildings that make them happy and healthy. His day job focuses on ensuring people with reasonable budgets get into the best homes possible through a focus on health, comfort and efficient in all its meanings.

Anitra Nelson

Anitra Nelson is Honorary Principal Fellow, Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne. She has researched housing affordability (specifically, mortgage default and marginal rental housing), the environmental sustainability of housing, and eco-collaborative housing. Her books include Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities (2018) and Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2018, available free access here). She is currently working on a book on progressive housing futures, Post-Carbon Inclusion, by four authors, led by Ralph Horne (RMIT University).

Jasmine Palmer

Having studied in the fields of Arts, Architecture, Design Science, Sustainability, and Social Sciences, Jasmine takes a multi-disciplinary view of sustainability challenges. Her PhD research focused on opportunities for resident-led housing development in Australia, drawing on international examples including Baugruppe (Germany) and Collective Self-Organised Housing (UK).

She is active in advocating for alternative housing models in urban Australia via Cohousing Australia, works as a freelance housing researcher, and provides consultancy services for professionals and organisation in the collaborative housing sector.

Jasmine was visiting researcher at TUDelft (The Netherlands) in the Collaborative Housing Research Lab in 2018 and has previously taught Architecture and Sustainability at universities in Australia, China, Spain and Germany. Jasmine’s ongoing research seeks to understand complex systems of housing provision and identify means of disrupting dominant housing regimes to realise a more equitable and sustainable housing future for all.

Jennifer Harris

As an Adelaide born and bred woman, I have slowly watched the rental market become harder and harder to access. After renting private homes since 1992, I had no problem until in 2006 when a landlord gave me 2 weeks notice that my lease wouldn't be renewed, as this is lawful in SA, I had no option but to leave. This directly led to 16 years managing homelessness with looking for suitable accommodation & employment, 8 of them with my youngest son. 

Karl Fitzgerald

Karl Fitzgerald (B.Ec) is an economist specialising in land economics and works as the Director of Grounded - the Community Land Trust (CLT) advocacy body. This is a new NGO established to push for more effective legislative, philanthropic and financial support for CLTs. He is working with a number of working groups around the country to enable stable affordable housing via the CLT model.

Karl has a long history as a land economist at Prosper Australia. His Staged Releases report found prices still increased by 5.5% p.a despite over 110,000 housing opportunities across 9 master planned communities.

Louise Crabtree-Hayes

Louise’s work focuses on principles, models, and governance options that can deliver and steward the entwined objectives of regenerative design, community benefit, and diverse housing options. She is the leading Australian researcher on community land trusts, and has expertise in community housing, cohousing, co-operatives, and shared equity housing.

Martin Freney

Martin Freney runs Earthship Eco Homes a consultancy dedicated to housing solutions that minimize expenses and environmental impacts and maximize beauty and resilience to climate change. He has a PhD from The University of Adelaide, a Bachelor of Industrial Design, Diploma of Building Design, Certificate 4 in Building and Construction, and Certificate of Permaculture Design, all of which he brings to bear upon the problem of how to create ecological housing. He is the owner-builder and creator of Earthship Ironbank, Australia’s first council approved “Earthship” which involved hundreds of volunteers who came to learn and assist with construction.

PRESENTATION: Earthship homes in Australia

Earthship homes are highly energy and water efficient and completely self-sufficient, transcending the idea of paying utility bills for power, water and sewage. The “ship” name is a reference to the off-grid systems that ensure the building, and its occupants, do not need “the grid”. Instead the occupants must “sail” their Earthship through the prevailing weather, opening windows and vents as required and monitoring their energy and water use – these are not unlimited resources! The unique “earth-sheltered” Earthship design provides stable indoor temperatures even in extreme heat waves and cold snaps without the need for mechanical heating and cooling systems. In this presentation, Martin will use recent and upcoming projects, and his PhD research, to explain how Earthship homes can provide ecological and affordable housing that is resilient to climate change challenges such as bushfires and storms.

Matthew Daly

Matt is a research fellow at the Sustainable Building Research Centre, University of Wollongong. His interdisciplinary research considers the role of buildings, and particularly homes, in providing environments and spaces that support the wellbeing, comfort and sustainability of the occupants. He has a strong interest in collaborative housing as it brings together interests in grassroots-led sustainability action, the built environment and household consumption. Matt has been a board member of Cohousing Australia since 2018, and convenes the Cohousing Australia Researcher Network.

Megg Evans

Megg Evans is an interior architect, researcher and university educator who believes the built environment influences human behaviour in inequitable ways. As a single mother, her lived experience prompted research on trends facing women including insecure housing, financial stress and the cost of motherhood. Her focus on the inequity of responsibility explores the gendered nature of planning, policy, and intergenerational social and economic immobility. 

Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB(Hons),PhD) is Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA), Adjunct Senior Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University; and Director of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and Future Dreaming Australia. She advocates for systems change, in order to shift industrialised societies from a human-centred, to an Earth centred governance system.

Myfan Jordan

Myfan Jordan is the Director of Grassroots Research Studio. Myfan has spent 20 years working with communities at the grassroots, as an advocate and researcher. Myfan’s areas of focus include housing, ageing, the gift economy and degrowth. Myfan co-convenes NENA’s Women’s Hub and sits on the board of CoHousing Australia.

Peter Hickson

Peter Hickson – EBAA President, Master Builder currently Licensed to conduct building work in NSW, Australia. He has over 40 years of experience specialising in the design and construction of buildings with raw unfired earth and in the promotion of earth building. Peter’s business, Earth Building Solutions, offers services such as building, training and consultancy.

Peter Phibbs

Peter was the founding  Director of the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney (a research trust established as a result of philanthropy) as well as the Professor  of Urban Planning and Policy at the same University. He is now an Emeritus Professor and runs a small consulting company fopcussing on training about the planning system and furthering the cause of affordable housing in Australia. 

His current interest is to improve the level of debate about housing affordability in Australia. His main research interests are in the area of affordable housing and the relationship between planning and housing supply. He recently reflected that he spent the first half of his career building evidence to assist the development of housing policy and the second half of his career researching why politicians do not seem all that interested in evidence or in making housing more affordable.

His email is peter.phibbs@sydney.edu.au and his twitter handle is peterfizz.

Ray Trappel

Ray Trappel – Architect. Ray has been involved in earth building for over forty-five years and is an active member of the Earth Building Association of Australia. He has devoted his time to many community projects – his most recent, The New Secret Garden at Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury.

Rob McLeod

Rob leads the Climate Resilient Homes campaign at Renew, a national not-for-profit organisation providing expert advice on sustainability. Rob has extensive experience in campaigns, policy, advocacy, research, and federal politics. He has worked on housing, energy and climate issues as a caseworker, community organiser, and policy adviser.

Robin Allison

Robin Allison was the initiator and development coordinator of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, a 32-home cohousing neighbourhood in Auckland, New Zealand. A former architect, she combines knowledge of design and the building industry with sustained experience of working within a cooperative group to achieve an innovative community-led housing project. Robin now writes, teaches and consults around New Zealand to inspire and support thriving connected communities. She is the author of "Cohousing for Life – A Practical and Personal Story of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood", available from www.robinallison.co.nz.

PRESENTATION: Cohousing as a Crucible for Change

Cohousing is already part of the paradigm shift required to live a more connected and sustainable life. Community by community, cohousers envision a new kind of living environment and put in the hard work to bring it about. We learn to care about, and care for, the shared home of our cohousing neighbourhood beyond our individual homes. What if we considered all human and other-than-human life as our neighbours, and all of earth as our shared home? Imagine if we applied those same skills that we learnt creating cohousing to envision a just and sustainable life for all, and become active citizens to help regenerate a flourishing living planet.

Sara C. Motta

Sara C. Motta is a proud Indigenous-Mestiza of Colombia Chibcha/Muisca, Eastern European Jewish and Celtic lineages currently living, loving and re-existiendo on the unceded lands of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples, NSW, so called Australia. She is mother curandera, poet, political philosopher, popular educator, and Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Newcastle, NSW. Her latest book Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (Rowman and Littlefield) was winner of the 2020 best Feminist Book, International Studies Associate (ISA).

Sidsel Grimstad

Sidsel is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Her research interest are in collaborative and cooperative business models for sustainability. For four years she was the program convener for Australia’s only postgraduate degree on co-operative management and organisation. Sidsel is currently part of a research team examining the value of housing co-operatives in Australia and potential for housing cooperatives as an affordable housing model. She brings with her knowledge about both the Australian and European housing co-operative sectors, and has lived experience from housing cooperatives in Norway.

Sue Gilbey

Sue Gilbey (she/her) is an unashamed tree hugger and a fiercely freelance activist for social justice, living with an acquired disability in an urban eco-community on unceded Kaurna land.  In 2009 she became the first and still, the only Australian to receive the internationally acclaimed Bremen Peace Award, for her volunteer activism working locally, assisting people on Temporary Protection Visas and her international speaker tours on the correlation between military bases, climate change and environmental degradation and its compounded effects on women and children. 

Her craft is in gathering stories and listening to people about what a sustainable inclusive future might look like, including and incorporating First Nations peoples’ knowledge and wisdom. You can listen to some of her stories here.

Tim Riley

Tim Riley is the founder of Property Collectives.

Property Collectives are developers and advisors who focus our time and money on projects with purpose & impact.

Our Advisory cooperative brings together the collective intelligence of a likeminded network of investment, development, project & asset management experts.

Our building groups bring people together to co-develop the homes and communities they want at cost.

Since 2010 Property Collectives has established itself as the leading deliberative development group in Australia, building 80 homes across 10 projects in Northcote, Thornbury, West & North Melbourne, St Kilda, Brunswick and Eltham.