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Multi-stakeholder partnerships in affordable rental housing: An investigation using soft systems framework
International Conference on Engaging Communities (2005)
  • Connie Susilawati
  • Martin Skitmore
  • Lynne Armitage

Queensland Department of Housing has proposed partnerships as one possible option to deliver affordable housing. Although this initiative is supported by other stakeholders, many constraints have impeded its implementation for real projects. It might be applicable for mixed housing projects with some relaxation on tax and/or planning requirements. In general, affordable housing has not been seen as a valuable investment. Moreover, the partnerships require stakeholders to work across boundaries and outside their comfort zones.

This initial study examines the use of Soft System Framework to explore stakeholders’ views of multi-stakeholder partnerships in affordable rental housing. A series of in-depth interviews with major stakeholders representing housing providers, regulators and users in Queensland has been conducted.

Soft System methodology has been used to express the unstructured problem by using systematic thinking to develop a conceptual model to solve the problem. A complex problem is broken down into role analysis, social and political system analysis. This study provides an example of using systematic thinking in solving conflicting problems. The gap between conceptual model and implementation in the real world situation was also investigated. Major changes in the socio-cultural aspects of our community as well as between stakeholders were required to implement further developing multi-stakeholder partnerships for affordable rental housing.

© Copyright Connie Susilawati, Martin Skitmore & Lynne Armitage, 2005

  • multi-stakeholder,
  • partnerships,
  • affordable housing,
  • rental housing,
  • soft systems methodology
Publication Date
August 17, 2005
Citation Information
Connie Susilawati, Martin Skitmore and Lynne Armitage. "Multi-stakeholder partnerships in affordable rental housing: An investigation using soft systems framework" International Conference on Engaging Communities (2005)
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