Dr Michael Fotheringham has been appointed as the new executive director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), a role he will commence when Dr Ian Winter steps down in mid-December after 14 years in the role.

Dr Fotheringham is the current head of research services and deputy executive director of AHURI, and has a background as a public health researcher and policy specialist and executive in health and human services.

He said AHURI had a strong reputation for its housing research and that the organisation was ready to develop a more comprehensive approach to urban policy issues.

“There is now a great opportunity for AHURI to grow through increased emphasis on broader urban policy – including infrastructure, urban design, smart cities and the city deals,” he said.

Board chairperson Tony De Domenico said Dr Fotheringham’s experience would prove invaluable in fulfilling AHURI’s mission to deliver high-quality housing and urban research that influences policy development and improves outcomes for all Australians.

“Since starting at AHURI in early 2014, Michael has been a dedicated and highly valued member of the executive team,” Mr De Domenico said. “His appointment is testament to the skills he has already brought to AHURI”.