Global Local Executive Panel: Sustainable & affordable housing

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In this discussion on the critical challenges and innovative strategies surrounding affordable and sustainable housing, we were privileged to have a panel of distinguished experts who will share their insights, experiences, and visions for the future. Each panelist brought a unique perspective, rooted in extensive work within their field, from local government initiatives to economic analysis, all aimed at addressing the pressing need for housing solutions that are both accessible and environmentally responsible.


Our panel today included Dr. Grace Vickers, whose leadership in Midlothian Council is paving the way for well-being economies; Robert Burns, who has spearheaded Monaghan County Council’s remarkable housing delivery record; Diwa Hopkins, whose economic expertise at the Regional Australia Institute is crucial for understanding housing market dynamics; and Rushda Halith, whose work with the City of Melbourne is at the forefront of advocating for systemic changes in housing policies.

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Resource pack: Sustainable & affordable housing

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Global Local: Sustainable and affordable housing

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