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Urban Affect is an independent consultancy focused on influencing urban outcomes through leading edge research and advisory services in urban and social planning, social policy and social sustainability.

Enlightened urban and social policy is focused on the creation of sustainable communities that will endure.

A genuinely quadruple bottom line approach to strategic planning and policy development recognises the physical, economic, social, and governance dimensions of sustainability.  It relies on effective stakeholder engagement.

Urban Affect is headed by Allison Heller, a former Associate Director of Social Policy at Urbis.  Allison is an experienced professional who is a member of the Association for Sustainability in Business; the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Women in Development Business Advisory Committee; the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, and the Green Building Council of Australia’s Liveability Technical Committee, which is developing Green Star rating tools for new communities.

She is also a Board Director of not-for-profit housing association, Women’s Housing Company, which owns and manages 780 properties throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

Allison is highly skilled in qualitative research, stakeholder engagement and social impact assessment techniques.

Urban Affect will ensure that you are provided with the very best technical expertise to achieve your project goals. We operate a flexible business model and can readily scale up for larger projects through harnessing the resources of our trusted network of independent consultants and associates, experienced in:

  • stakeholder engagement
  • social research and evaluation
  • organisational capacity-building grounded in corporate responsibility and shared value principles
  • web development/online technology applications
  • development feasibility appraisals.

Urban Affect is engaged in a range of projects for the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure; NSW Department of Family & Community Services; City of Sydney Council; Wesley Mission; Urbis; Environa Studio, Wynne Planning, David Crane & Associates; Australian Institute of Urban Studies; Macquarie University, and the University of Technology, Sydney.

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