Professor Nicky Morrison

Professor Nicky Morrison

Professor of Planning,
Geography and Urban Studies


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 was a long-serving Board member of a UK community housing provider. SHE serves on Habitat International Editorial Board, WESTIR Ltd. Board, and the Planning Institute of Australia NSW Judging Panel for Planning Awards for Excellence.

In 2019, the Royal Town Planning Institute commended Professor Morrison for her recognised leadership and significant contribution to the planning profession.

This information has been contributed by Professor Morrison.


  • Community Capacity Building
  • Housing and Neighbourhood Studies
  • Planning Policy and Planning Reforms

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography and Urban Studies


Phone: (02) 47360 734
Location: P.G.40
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Chapters in Books

  • Morrison, N. (2019), 'Innovative affordable housing finance delivery model in England', Affordable Housing Governance and Finance: Innovations, Partnerships and Comparative Perspectives, Routledge 9781138082786.
  • Morrison, N. (2017), 'Struggling for the right to be recognized : the informal settlement of Old Fadama, Accra, Ghana', Geographies of Forced Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Resistance, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137511263.
  • Morrison, N. and Davies, M. (2014), 'Accessing the public sphere in Africa through a Slum Radio Project', Reclaiming the Public Sphere: Communication, Power and Social Change, Palgrave Macmillan 9781349485567.

Journal Articles

  • Morrison, N. and Nouwelant, R. (2020), '[In Press] Western Sydney's urban transformation : examining the governance arrangements driving forward the growth vision', Australian Planner, .
  • Morrison, N. and Szumilo, N. (2019), 'Universities' global research ambitions and their localised effects', Land Use Policy, vol 85 , pp 290 - 301.
  • Morrison, N. and Szumilo, N. (2019), 'The drivers and implications of mega-mergers : evidence from English not-for-profit housing organisations', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol 34, no 3 , pp 661 - 681.
  • Ehwi, R., Morrison, N. and Tyler, P. (2019), '[In Press] Gated communities and land administration challenges in Ghana : reappraising the reasons why people move into gated communities', Housing Studies, .
  • Agyemang, F. and Morrison, N. (2018), 'Recognising the barriers to securing affordable housing through the land use planning system in Sub-Saharan Africa : a perspective from Ghana', Urban Studies, vol 55, no 12 , pp 2640 - 2659.
  • Manzi, T. and Morrison, N. (2018), 'Risk, commercialism and social purpose : repositioning the English housing association sector', Urban Studies, vol 55, no 9 , pp 1924 - 1942.
  • Morrison, N. (2017), 'Playing by the rules? : new institutionalism, path dependency and informal settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa', Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, vol 49, no 11 , pp 2558 - 2577.
  • Morrison, N. (2017), 'Selling the family silver? : institutional entrepreneurship and asset disposal in the English housing association sector', Urban Studies, vol 54, no 12 , pp 2856 - 2873.
  • Morrison, N. (2016), 'Institutional logics and organisational hybridity : English housing associations' diversification into the private rented sector', Housing Studies, vol 31, no 8 , pp 897 - 915.
  • Morrison, N. and Xian, S. (2016), 'High mountains and the faraway emperor : overcoming barriers to citizen participation in China's urban planning practices', Habitat International, vol 57 , pp 205 - 214.
  • Burgess, G. and Morrison, N. (2016), 'Improving housing outcomes : the value of advice and support for vulnerable older people', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol 31, no 2 , pp 197 - 211.
  • Morrison, N. and Burgess, G. (2014), 'Inclusionary housing policy in England : the impact of the downturn on the delivery of affordable housing through Section 106', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol 29, no 3 , pp 423 - 438.
  • Morrison, N. (2014), 'Building talented worker housing in Shenzhen, China, to sustain place competitiveness', Urban Studies, vol 51, no 8 , pp 1539 - 1558.
  • Morrison, N. (2013), 'Meeting the Decent Homes Standard : London Housing Associations' asset management strategies', Urban Studies, vol 50, no 12 , pp 2569 - 2587.
  • Morrison, N. (2013), 'Reinterpreting the key worker problem within a university town : the case of Cambridge, England', Town Planning Review, vol 84, no 6 , pp 721 - 742.
  • Morrison, N. (2010), 'A green belt under pressure : the case of Cambridge, England', Planning, Practice and Research, vol 25, no 2 , pp 157 - 181.
  • Morrison, N. and Monk, S. (2006), 'Job-housing mismatch : affordability crisis in Surrey, South East England', Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, vol 38, no 6 , pp 1115 - 1130.

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Economic Analysis of the Wisbech Travel to Work Area: Main Report: March 2014', Report

Current Projects

Title: Effectiveness of community-based food hubs and peer support on food accessibility and dietary intake
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Freya Macmillan, David Simmons, Levi Osuagwu, Kate Mcbride, Catharine Fleming and Nicky Morrison
Years: 2020-02-05 - 2021-02-05
ID: P00026433
Title: NSW built environment practitioners' perspectives on place-making opportunities that deliver health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Nicky Morrison and Ryan Van Den Nouwelant
Years: 2019-08-20 - 2020-09-30
ID: P00026047

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