Dr. Tom Alves
Tom Alves is a researcher of urban housing systems and an advocate for how we can better influence these systems to get the outcomes we want. His particular interest is the role that higher density housing can play in the future of general housing provision for Australian cities.
Tom holds an honours degree in History from The University of Sydney and a PhD in Housing and Urban Studies from Swinburne University, where his thesis investigated the provision of medium density housing in Melbourne. Tom has worked previously in prominent architectural practices in Sydney, on the design of bespoke houses, and in Melbourne on the design of facilities for the community sector.
Dr Alves is currently Senior Adviser, Urban Design and Architecture, at the Office of the Victorian Government Architect where he has advocated for improved quality and affordability in the planning and delivery of housing. He was the lead author of the housing chapter during the development of the Melbourne metropolitan planning strategy and is part of a national working group established to explore opportunities for a viable disability housing market under the NDIS.
Tom has contributed to ARC and AHURI-funded research at several universities and holds an adjunct position at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. Recent research collaborations have applied contemporary economic theory to the provision of apartments in Australian cities to achieve appropriate and affordable supply.