Gavin Wood

Professorial Affiliate

Ph.D 1996 (Murdoch University)
M.Sc. Economics 1977 (London University)
B.Sc. Economics 1976 First Class Hons (Brunel University)

Telephone+61 8 9266 2873
Research Fields

Housing Finance; Urban Economics; Labour Economics; Public Policy


Gavin is Professorial Affiliate with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Research Centre and works closely with staff on a suite of research projects funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. He also holds the position of Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at RMIT University, and Guest Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, TU Delft, Netherlands. He previously held positions in the economics departments of Murdoch University (Western Australia), the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

Professor Wood’s main research interests are in urban economics, housing finance, labour economics and public policy. He has published widely, and in recent years has authored articles on housing and tax issues in Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Housing Economics. His applied research covers a wide range of approaches from applied econometric modelling, through microsimulation modelling to the application of qualitative research methods. In recent years he has been conducted research on housing tax issues, including negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount; the relationship between intergeneration transfers, the distribution of wealth and home ownership; housing assistance, work incentives and labour supply; and modelling the price elasticity of housing supply

Gavin Wood has consulted to a number of organisations in both Australia and internationally. Overseas experience includes: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The New Zealand Government’s Department of Labour, and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. In Australia he has consulted to the Office of Fair Trading (Western Australia), Premier and Cabinet (State Government of Victoria), the Office of Fair Trading (Western Australia),

Australian Federal Government’s National Housing Strategy (1991-1993), Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services Panel of Experts on Housing, and more recently by the Australian Government’s Henry Review and Productivity Commission. He has been awarded numerous grants from the Australian Research Council, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, the ex- Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research and the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. He is currently on the International Editorial Advisory Boards of Urban Studies and Housing Studies and is a research panel member for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Centre, Urban Big Data Centre.