Professor Nicky Morrison

nicky_morrisonProfessor of Planning WSU Urban Living Futures and Society Champion Geography Discipline Leader Leader of School of Social Sciences' Urban and Regional Research Program WSU Representative on SPHERE HUE Executive Committee WSU Representative on UDIA Steering Committee

Nicky Morrison is Professor of Planning at Western Sydney University and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. She is a leading academic authority on overcoming barriers to securing affordable housing through the planning system and ways to deliver sustainable communities and inclusive growth through participatory planning practices. Nicky has over 27 years of experience, working with interdisciplinary teams on high impact international and UK planning and housing research projects, attracting major competitive external funding from the European Commission, Norwegian, German, UK, and local governments, Shelter Homeless Charity and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She has acted as a strategic advisor to Chinese Ministers as they implemented China’s first Public Housing Act and Amnesty International ‘Housing rights live here’ programme in Africa. Nicky is passionate about developing truly collaborative planning through effective partnerships between government, the private sector, NGOs, and community agencies. She is currently working on two projects on delivering healthy place-making funded by SPHERE's Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory. She was a long-serving Board member of a UK community housing provider. She serves on Habitat International Editorial Board, WESTIR Ltd. Board


  • PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, 1992

Selected Publications

Morrison, N & Van Den Nouwelant, R 2020, ‘Western Sydney’s urban transformation: examining the governance arrangements driving forward the growth vision’, Australian Planner

Ehwi, R, Morrison, N & Tyler, P 2019, ‘Gated communities and land administration challenges in Ghana: Reappraising the reasons why people move into gated communities’ Housing Studies,

Morrison, N & Szumilo, N 2019, ‘Universities global research ambitions and their localised housing price effects’ Land Use Policy 85 290-301

Morrison, N & Szumilo, N 2019, ‘Drivers and implications of mega-mergers: Evidence from the English not for profit housing sector’ Housing and Built Environment, 34 (3) 661-681

Agyemang F & Morrison N 2018, ‘Recognizing the barriers to securing affordable housing through the land use planning system in Sub-Sahara Africa. A Perspective from Ghana’. Urban Studies 55 (12) 2640-2659

Manzi, T& Morrison, N 2018, Risk, Commercialism and Social Purpose: Repositioning the English Housing Association sector. Urban Studies 55 (9) 1924-1942

Morrison, N 2017, ‘Playing by the rules. Path Dependency and informal settlements in Sub Saharan Africa’. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 49 (11) 2558-2577

Morrison, N 2017, ‘Selling the family silver? Institutional entrepreneurship and asset disposal in the English Housing Association Urban Studies 54 (12) 2856-2873

Morrison, N & Xian, S 2016, ‘High mountains and the faraway emperor: Overcoming barriers to citizen participation in China’s urban planning practices’ Habitat International 57: 205-214

Morrison, N 2016b, ‘Institutional logics and organisational hybridity: English Housing Associations’ diversification into the private rented sector’, Housing Studies 31 (8) 897-915

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