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'The rapid economic recovery is not being followed by construction sector'

Problems in housing are deeper than conventional thinking, warns leading academic

3rd November, 2016
Tom Dunne of Dublin Institute of Technology

What's your name?

Tom Dunne

What is your organisation, what does it do and what position do you hold?

I am the Head of the School of Surveying and Construction Management in the Dublin Institute of Technology, one of Ireland’s largest third level institutions.

How long have you held your current role?

15 years

What are your day to day responsibilities?

Academic management of the School of Surveying & Construction Management with 14 programmes leading to undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Property and Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Real Estate and Geographical Sciences.

What is your professional background and experience?

Chartered Surveyor with 10 years experience in the private sector followed by many years as a lecturer in property valuation and housing. I have also chaired the Private Residential Tenancies Board.

Tell me about yourself away from work?

Married with two children and have long term involvements in sailing and hillwalking

Tell us something very few people know about you?

I am a firm believer and advocate for local property taxes.

You are speaking at the Residential Property Summit conference. What are you speaking about?

The housing crisis, why it emerged and why it will be difficult to fix. The rapid recovery from economic crisis is not being followed by the expected recovery in house construction. This is because there are underlying changes to the housing market which were masked during the second phase of the celtic tiger and which are now inhibiting the recovery. The underlying causes of problems in housing are deeper than conventional thinking about housing suggest. We need to understand these and develop a public policy approach to housing that will work in the 21st century.

What challenges do you see for the sector?

Creating the economic and physical environment that allows households to find and afford suitable accommodation.

Where would you like to see the industry in 10 years time?

Providing a stable and sufficient supply of housing at a sustainable level.

Tom Dunne, Head of the School of Surveying and Construction Management at the Dublin Institute of Technology will be speaking at The Sunday Business Post Residential Property Summit on December 6 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin. See www.propertysummit.ie for further details.

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