DR Ilan Wiesel

DR Ilan Wiesel


  • Disability studies (Intellectual disability, social inclusion, housing for people with disability)
  • Housing studies (Affordable housing, residential mobility, housing choice)
  • Urban geography (Social inequality,spatial justice, urban renewal, social stratification)



  • I am a senior lecturer at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. My research is focused on matters of social and economic inequalities in cities. Specific areas of interest include: housing affordability; social inclusion and exclusion of people with intellectual disability; the geographies of elites; and, inequalities in the spatial distribution of public urban infrastructures. I currently lead an ARC Discovery funded study titled “The Disability Inclusive City”, and have recently completed a DECRA fellowship on Australia's elite neighbourhoods. My work has been published in key journals in the fields of urban and social geography, including Urban Studies, Housing Studies, Environment and Planning A, Urban Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, and Geoforum. My book “Power, Glamour and Angst: Inside Australia’s Elite Neighbourhoods” was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2018. Before joining the University of Melbourne in 2016, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales (2009-2016).   


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2016-2019 - ARC Linkage - Effective Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability –.

    2015 - 2016 - Pathways into homeownership: shared equity for people with disability 2014-2016

    2014-2015 – AHURI – Accommodating DisabilityCare: Maximising housing choice in a reformed disability sector – 2014-2015

    2015 - AHURI - NDIS, housing assistance and choice and control for people with disability – $35,000.

    2013 – 2014 – AHURI – Social housing exits: Analysing incidence, motivations and consequences – .

    2013 – 2014 – AHURI - Sustaining private rental tenancies: targeted tenant support across life events and housing transitions –

    2012 – 2013 – AHURI – Public housing stock transfers in Australia: past, present and prospective –

    2011 - 2013 – ARC Linkage – Understanding Encounter as a dimension of social inclusion for people with intellectual disability –

    2010 - 2011 – AHURI – Pathways and choice in a diversifying social housing system –

    2010 - 2011 – AHURI – How sustainable are Australia’s contemporary affordable housing projects? –


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016



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