Assembling housing using digital data

Dr Rae Dufty-jones1

1Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia


Digital technologies are changing how we imagine, make and consume housing.  These technologies have produced a surfeit of data that is both lauded for its research potential while also being at the centre of a methodological crisis in the social sciences. This paper examines these debates and how they relate to housing research. The paper draws on a case study of using a digitally generated data set by social housing tenants in Australia to examine these issues and the opportunities and challenges of using digital data in housing research.


Rae is a Senior Lecture in Geography at WSU. Her research is concerned with the development of housing, population and regional development policies in Australia historically and present day. Rae is also the President of the Geographical Society of NSW.


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