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Global Local Executive Panel: Sustainable & affordable housing


This session is part of our Global Local Executive Panel series. Explore more local solutions to global challenges – FREE for LGIU members.

Session overview

Access to safe and affordable housing is a basic human right, but the housing crisis is growing globally. With increasing cost pressures, and population growing faster than build times, what can local government do to address the crisis? This panel will look at barriers to housing accessibility, development, the role of all levels of government to work together and short and long-term strategies in each jurisdiction.

This event takes place at 8:30-10:00 am BST / 5:30pm – 7:00pm AEST via Zoom

Key areas of exploration

  • Causes of the housing crisis – what are the local issues?
  • Barriers for increasing supply, density, nimbyism
  • Issues other than infrastructure – employment opportunities, transport, community, livability
  • Other impacts – short stay accommodation, unoccupied dwellings, rental affordability
  • Forming effective partnerships
  • Examples from around the world in programs or policy
    What role can local government play in providing solutions to the crisis?


Robert Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Monaghan County Council, Ireland

Rusha Halith, GM Cities & Community, City of Melbourne, Australia

Diwa Hopkins, Senior Economist, Regional Institute Australia

Dr Grace Vickers, Chief Executive Officer, Midlothian Council, Scotland

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About Global Local Executive Panels

At LGIU, we are exploring new ways of bringing our members high-level insights from councils across the world on how local government is dealing with key global issues.

The Global Local Executive Panel Series aim to bring together executive speakers from local government across the countries we work in and beyond to share solutions they’ve found to critical challenges faced worldwide. These sessions bring together senior executives from international councils to share ideas, compare approaches and explore learning opportunities.

LGIU and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) are thrilled to gather together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore harmonious decision-making in councils!