Doctor Michael Darcy

Doctor Michael Darcy

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR,
Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Biography

Michael Darcy is a prominent researcher on social housing policy and management, and the connections between social disadvantage and place. His recent work questions orthodox approaches to concentration and de-concentration of disadvantage, and the way in which constructs of social capital and social mix have been deployed in public policy. His research approach reflects a commitment to deep engagement with local communities and organisations, and he is also a frequent and sought after commentator on these issues having made multiple appearances on media programs including Today Tonight, The World Today, Living Black, as well as invited presentations for organisations such as The Centre for Independent Journalism, Sydney Social Forum, Shelter NSW and NTEU.

Michael has worked with many research partners including the Westpac Foundation, Centrelink, NSW Dept of Housing, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and National Shelter. He was twice appointed by the Minister as an expert member of the NSW Housing Assistance Plan Advisory Committee and has been a Board Member of Shelter NSW and Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of Research Committee 43 (Housing and Built Environment) of the International Sociological Association.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Darcy.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • MAdmin Kuringai CAE
  • BSocWk University of New South Wales

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Social Sciences
  • Geography and Urban Studies (SSAP)

Contact

Email: M.Darcy@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9173

Mobile: 0414909013
Location: EH.G.11
Parramatta

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Publications

Books

  • Roffey, C., Darcy, M., Keenahan, D. and Varua, M. (2012), 'Developing a Common Language between Corporations and Small Community Organisations : A Resource Handbook', : University of Western Sydney 9781741082395.
  • Darcy, M., Garland, D., Schraner, I., Richardson, R., Bolzan, N., Onnudottir, H. and Brooker, R. (2010), 'Homeless In Parramatta', : Parramatta City Council and University of Western Sydney 9781741082135.
  • Keevers, L., Treleaven, L., Backhouse, H. and Darcy, M. (2010), 'Practising Social Justice: Measuring What Matters', : Illawarra Community Forum 9780958087032.
  • Darcy, M., Waterford, M. and Mcivor, J. (2009), '"To Market, to Market . ." Competitive Tendering and Purchase of Service in the Community Sector', : UWS 9781741082012.
  • Sidoti, E., Banks, R., Darcy, M., O'Shea, P., Leonard, R., Atie, R., Di Nicola, M. and Stevenson, S. (2009), 'A question of balance: Principles, contracts and the government-not for profit relationship', : UWS The Whitlam Insititute 9781741081817.
  • Bolzan, N., Darcy, M. and Mason, J. (2006), 'Fenced Out Fenced In: Border Protection, Asylum and Detention in Australia', : Common Ground Publishing 1863355995.

Chapters in Books

  • Rogers, D., Darcy, M. and Arthurson, K. (2017), 'Researching territorial stigma with social housing tenants : tenant-led digital media production about people and place', Negative Neighbourhood Reputation and Place Attachment: The Production and Contestation of Territorial Stigma, Routledge 9781317089537.
  • Darcy, M. and Rogers, D. (2017), 'The real 'housos' : reclaiming identity and place', From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing: Interaction of Communities, Residents and Activists, UCL Press 9781787350359.
  • Arthurson, K. and Darcy, M. (2015), 'The historical construction of 'the public housing problem' and deconcentration policies', Housing in 21st Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies, Ashgate 9781472431134.
  • Rogers, D., Arthurson, K. and Darcy, M. (2013), 'Disadvantaged citizens as co-researchers in media analysis : action research utilising mobile phone and video diaries', Sage Research Methods Cases, Sage 9781446273050.
  • Darcy, M. and Gwyther, G. (2012), 'Recasting research on 'neighbourhood effects' : a collaborative, participatory, trans-national approach', Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives, Springer 9789400723085.
  • Darcy, M. and Bolzan, N. (2006), 'Who Are 'We'?: Inclusion and Exclusion in Australian Political Discourse.', Fenced Out Fenced In: Border Protection, Asylum and Detention in Australia, Common Ground Publishing 1863355995.
  • Darcy, M. and Stubbs, J. (2005), 'Housing and Contemporary Social Work Practice', Social Work: Fields of Practice 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press 0195550471.
  • Darcy, M. and Manzi, T. (2004), 'Organisational Research: Conflict and Power within UK and Australian Social Housing Organisations', Social Constructionism in Housing Research, Ashgate Publishing Ltd 0754638375.
  • Darcy, M. (2004), 'Sydney as a Case Study of Housing and Social Justice in Australia', A Fair Go: Some Issues of Social Justice in Australia, Common Ground Publishing 1863355618.

Journal Articles

  • Darcy, M. (2018), 'Research approach or policy problem : which comes first?', Housing, Theory and Society, vol 35, no 2 , pp 220 - 222.
  • Davison, G., Legacy, C., Liu, E. and Darcy, M. (2016), 'The factors driving the escalation of community opposition to affordable housing development', Urban Policy and Research, vol 34, no 4 , pp 386 - 400.
  • Darcy, M. and Rogers, D. (2016), 'Place, political culture and post-Green Ban resistance : public housing in Millers Point, Sydney', Cities, vol 57, no 1 , pp 47 - 54.
  • Darcy, M. (2016), 'The challenge of community engagement', Inner Sydney Voice, , no Summer 2015/16 , pp 21 - 21.
  • Darcy, M. (2015), 'Community engagement or community capture', Inner Sydney Voice, vol Winter, no 125 , pp 19 - 19.
  • Darcy, M. (2015), 'Citizens' rights to the global city', Inner Sydney Voice, vol Summer 2014-15, no 123 , pp 22 - 23.
  • Rogers, D. and Darcy, M. (2014), 'Global city aspirations, graduated citizenship and public housing : analysing the consumer citizenships of neoliberalism', Urban, Planning and Transport Research, vol 2, no 1 , pp 72 - 88.
  • Arthurson, K., Darcy, M. and Rogers, D. (2014), 'Televised territorial stigma : how social housing tenants experience the fictional media representation of estates in Australia', Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, vol 46, no 6 , pp 1334 - 1350.
  • Darcy, M. and Rogers, D. (2014), 'Inhabitance, place-making and the right to the city : public housing redevelopment in Sydney', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol 14, no 3 , pp 236 - 256.
  • Darcy, M. (2013), 'From high-rise projects to suburban estates : public tenants and the globalised discourse of deconcentration', Cities, vol 35 , pp 365 - 372.
  • Keevers, L., Treleaven, L., Sykes, C. and Darcy, M. (2012), 'Made to measure : taming practices with results-based accountability', Organization Studies, vol 33, no 1 , pp 97 - 120.
  • Arthurson, K., Darcy, M. and Rogers, D. (2012), 'Housos : the TV series, the stage show, and real life', Architect Victoria, vol 3 , pp 25 - 25.
  • Drake, G., Blunden, H. and Darcy, M. (2012), 'Rough sleepers in Parramatta : from street to home', Parity, vol 25, no 5 , pp 25 - 26.
  • Drake, G. and Darcy, M. (2011), 'Chronically Homeless Men in Parramatta CBD', Parity, vol 24, no 9 , pp 42 - 42.
  • Darcy, M., Blunden, H. and Hall, N. (2011), 'Unintended Consequences: the impact of delivery systems on homelessness', Parity, vol 24, no 9 , pp 45 - 45.
  • Darcy, M. (2010), 'De-concentration of Disadvantage and Mixed Income Housing: a Critical Discourse Approach', Housing, Theory and Society, vol 27, no 1 , pp 1 - 22.
  • Garland, D. and Darcy, M. (2009), ''Working Together?': The Salvation Army and the Job Network', Organization, vol 16, no 5 , pp 755 - 774.
  • Darcy, M. (2008), 'Housing Sydney', The Sydney Journal, vol 1, no 1 , pp 27 - 37.
  • Darcy, M., Nicholls, R., Roffey, C. and Rogers, D. (2008), 'Research students and community development : the challenges of integrating academic expectations with community needs and values', Metropolitan Universitites: An International Forum, vol 19, no 1 , pp 21 - 37.
  • Darcy, M. (2007), 'Place and Disadvantage: the need for reflexive epistemology in spatial social science', Urban Policy and Research, vol 25, no 3 , pp 347 - 361.
  • O'Shea, P., Leonard, R. and Darcy, M. (2007), 'Does 'Competition' Kill Social Capital', Third Sector Review, vol 13, no 2 , pp 49 - 69.
  • Tregeagle, S. and Darcy, M. (2007), 'Child welfare and information and communication technology : today's challenge', British Journal of Social Work, .
  • Darcy, M. and Georgiou, D. (2004), 'Purpose, Professionalism and Management Culture - the challenges for housing providers and their staff in delivering community renewal', Housing Works, vol 2, no 1 , pp 13 - 18.
  • Jacobs, K., Marston, G. and Darcy, M. (2004), ''Changing the mix': contestation surrounding the public housing stock transfer process in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania', Urban Policy and Research, vol 22, no 3 , pp 249 - 263.
  • Darcy, M. (2003), 'Markets, Markets Everywhere', The Australian Universities Review, vol 46, no 1 , pp 17 - 18.
  • Darcy, M. (2002), 'Community Management: how management discourse killed participation', Critical Quarterly, vol 44, no 4 , pp 32 - 39.

Conference Papers

  • Arthurson, K., Rogers, D. and Darcy, M. (2012), 'Territorial stigma : 'Housos' and the representation of disadvantage in the media', Australian Sociological Association. Conference, University of Queensland.
  • Rogers, D., Darcy, M., Butler, P. and Smith, R. (2012), 'Satirical mediation : stigma, social satire and the representation of public housing tenants and estates in Housos', Australasian Housing Researchers? Conference, Adelaide, S. Aust..
  • Darcy, M. and Gwyther, G. (2010), 'Centrelink's 'Place Based Services': Can a national service delivery agency address local needs and conditions?', Innovation in Public Policy Making' Symposium, Social Policy Association Conference 2010 Symposium:nd practice, Lincoln UK.
  • Darcy, M. and Blunden, H. (2004), 'Housing costs and work locations in Sydney', State of Australian Cities Conference, Parramatta.

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Estimating Transport Disadvantage and Unmet Transport Need: Methodological Options: Final Report', Report
  • 2014, 'Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Delivery Systems on Homelessness in the Nepean/Blacktown Region: Final Report', Report
  • 2013, 'Rough Sleepers in Parramatta: From Street to Home: Final Report', Report
  • 2013, 'Australian Housing and Urban Research Insitute Final Report Series', Report

Urban Studies, Housing and Social Policy, Community Organisations and New Public management.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Darcy.

Previous Projects

Title: Parramatta Boarding House Review
Funder:
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Gabrielle Drake, Hazel Blunden and Michael Darcy
Years: 2012-12-17 - 2013-06-28
ID: P00021353
Title: Determining the financial barriers in moving from welfare to work
Funder:
  • Pacific Link Housing Limited
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Hazel Blunden
Years: 2013-10-01 - 2014-03-31
ID: P00021858
Title: Evaluation of the WorkFast Pilot Program
Funder:
  • Neami National
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Hazel Blunden and Dallas Rogers
Years: 2013-10-01 - 2014-07-31
ID: P00021860
Title: Housing costs and work location in Sydney
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Labor Council of NSW
  • Shelter New South Wales
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy
Years: 2004-04-28 - 2005-04-27
ID: P0010716
Title: ARC Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science [via University of Queensland] No funding to UWS
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy
Years: 2006-03-17 - 2010-03-17
ID: P0014965
Title: AHURI Scholarship - Dallas Rogers
Funder:
  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy
Years: 2007-04-26 - 2010-11-04
ID: P0015693
Title: Harnessing Information Communication Technology for Vulnerable Children - No Funding To UWS
Funder:
  • Barnardos Australia
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Jan Mason
Years: 2006-10-23 - 2009-10-16
ID: P0015370
Title: Finding a Common Language for the Corporate and Community Sectors
Funder:
  • Westpac Foundation
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Debra Keenahan and Maria Estela Varua
Years: 2007-02-01 - 2009-12-31
ID: P0015499
Title: Social Policy Research and Evaluation Panel SPREP Services for FACSIA - No funding to UWS
Funder:
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Rosemary Leonard, John Macdonald, Jan Mason, Natalie Bolzan, Jane Mears, Moira Carmody, Ingrid Schraner and Julia Perry
Years: 2007-08-23 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0015519
Title: Understanding and addressing local opposition to affordable housing projects [via UNSW]
Funder:
  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Awais Piracha
Years: 2012-03-30 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00021283
Title: Unmet Transport Need in Western Sydney Stage 1 [via Western Sydney Community Forum]
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Awais Piracha, Chyi Lin Lee, Michael Darcy and Hazel Blunden
Years: 2014-07-01 - 2014-11-20
ID: P00022333
Title: Social Housing Stock Transfer in NSW
Funder:
  • Shelter New South Wales
Western Researchers: William Randolph and Michael Darcy
Years: 1999-07-01 - 1999-09-30
ID: P0012110
Title: Pathways to homelessness: Assessing the impact of structural and socio-demographic factors on the scope and nature of homelessness in Sydney
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy
Years: 1999-01-01 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0009638
Title: Community Management of Human Services in the Quasi-market: A critical examination of management practices in government funded community service providers
Funder:
  • Local Community Services Association Inc
  • WESTIR Limited
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Rosemary Leonard
Years: 2003-09-18 - 2007-06-17
ID: P0012684
Title: The impact of market driven funding models on local service provision
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Macarthur Community Forum
  • Western Sydney Community Forum
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Genevieve Kelly
Years: 2007-02-21 - 2008-03-30
ID: P0015410
Title: Tackling Social Exclusion: Models for Building Successful Communities
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: William Randolph and Michael Darcy
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2001-12-30
ID: P0009650
Title: AHURI Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship - Gordon Bijen
Funder:
  • Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Awais Piracha and Michael Darcy
Years: 2012-06-18 - 2015-06-17
ID: P00021063
Title: Community renewal of public housing estate: A responsive evaluation
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Housing
Western Researchers: Steve Wilson, Michael Singh and Michael Darcy
Years: 2005-10-26 - 2006-11-30
ID: P0014763
Title: Purchasing, Partnerships & Social Contracts: Giving effect to Government-NGO relationships
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Jobs Australia Limited
Western Researchers: Eric Sidoti, Rosemary Leonard and Michael Darcy
Years: 2008-02-19 - 2011-12-31
ID: P0015883
Title: Public tenants and 'mixed income' housing - Engaging tenants in design and delivery of international comparative research
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Gabrielle Gwyther and Barbara Holland
Years: 2008-06-17 - 2009-06-16
ID: P00016147
Title: Developing Critical Practice in Results Based Accountability
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Western Sydney Community Forum
  • Community Resource Network (CRN) Inc
  • Family Worker Training and Development Programme Incorporated
Western Researchers: Michael Houlbrook and Michael Darcy
Years: 2009-01-13 - 2011-04-30
ID: P00016464
Title: Finding a Common Language for the Corporate and Community Sectors
Funder:
  • Western Sydney Community Forum
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Debra Keenahan and Maria Estela Varua
Years: 2008-07-01 - 2010-07-31
ID: P00016261
Title: Neighbourhood indicators and measurement of advantage and disadvantage
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Heather Macdonald, Peter Phibbs and Michael Darcy
Years: 2008-11-21 - 2009-11-30
ID: P00016441
Title: Residents' Voices: Advantage, Disadvantage, Community and Place
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Flinders University of South Australia
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Tenants' Union of NSW
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Hart Cohen
Years: 2010-12-01 - 2014-05-31
ID: P00017822
Title: Evaluation of Centrelink's Place Based Services (PBS)
Funder:
  • Centrelink
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Gabrielle Gwyther
Years: 2009-04-28 - 2011-12-31
ID: P00017007
Title: Homelessness in Parramatta - The extent and experience of Homelessness in the City of Parramatta
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy, Ingrid Schraner and Natalie Bolzan
Years: 2009-11-17 - 2010-11-30
ID: P00017667
Title: Service delivery systems and the unintentional causation and perpetuation of homelessness in the Nepean/Blacktown Region
Funder:
  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • Hawkesbury City Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Penrith City Council
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Wentworth Community Housing
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Neil Hall
Years: 2011-11-03 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00020298
Title: Chronically Homeless Men in the CBD [via Parramatta Mission]
Funder:
  • City of Parramatta Council
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Gabrielle Drake
Years: 2011-08-25 - 2012-01-17
ID: P00020457
Title: Maximising the contribution of NGO's in a new planning framework for community services provision
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Illawarra Forum Inc.
Western Researchers: Lesley Treleaven and Michael Darcy
Years: 2005-07-29 - 2006-05-25
ID: P0014575
Title: Ethnic Discrimination in the Rental Market and Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn, Michael Darcy, Rae Dufty-Jones and Laura Schatz
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2016-03-08
ID: P00020461
Title: Nepean Regional Taskforce on Homelessness Scoping Project
Funder:
  • Wentworth Community Housing
Western Researchers: Michael Darcy and Neil Hall
Years: 2011-03-01 - 2011-04-30
ID: P00020079

Supervision

Doctor Darcy is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Housing Estate of Mind: Exploring the Impact of Public Housing Renewal upon Community Life
Field of Research:

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