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Unlocking the potential for working closer to home


This project, funded by the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre examined the barriers and opportunities for increasing the number of people able to work closer to their home in both regional and metropolitan Western Australia. The role of local neighbourhood-based ‘shared working spaces’ to support telecommuting and home-working is a particular focus. A review of international literature enables development of a comprehensive model of the social, economic and cultural dimensions of shared working spaces, telecommuting and home-working. Census analysis provides detailed spatial patterns of home-working and commuting in WA. Case studies examine the potential contribution of shared working spaces for local neighbourhood vitality and urban self-containment in order to inform policy settings required to support these initiatives.

The research team was Prof Carey Curtis, Dr Courtney Babb, Dr Amanda Davies, David Robertson and Sam McLeod.


Babb, C., Curtis, C., and McLeod, S. 2018. Co-working spaces are part of the new economy, so town planners better get with the times. The Conversation, 11 July 2018

Babb, C., Curtis, C., and McLeod, S. 2018. The Rise of Shared Work Spaces: A Disruption to Urban Planning Policy? Urban Policy and Research, 1-17. doi:10.1080/08111146.2018.1476230

Babb C, Curtis C, McLeod S and Robertson D (2017), Unlocking the Potential for Working Closer to Home, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Perth.