I am regular commentator on Australian housing and home cultures. My writing appears in The Conversation and Parity Magazine and has been syndicated nationally through ABC News, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, among others. I contribute to radio and print media across the country including ABC Radio National, ABC News Radio and ABC Local Radio across the country.

Parity Magazine

The Conversation

Hort Journal


ABC Radio

  • News coverage of the "Housing and housing assistance pathways with companion animals" report. Dr Power speaks about the private rental housing system, and the significance of pet-inclusive housing options for people experiencing domestic violence or homelessness. Coverage includes: ABC News Radio nationally, 702 ABC Sydney, ABC Mid North Coast NSW, ABC New England North West AM, ABC Upper Hunter AM, ABC Illawarra, 1233 ABC Newcastle, ABC North Coast NSW, savings.com.au, Mirage News, Elite Agent Magazine and E-Global Travel Media.
  • Extended interview on the significance of pet-inclusive housing options for people experiencing domestic violence or homelessness. Interviews broadcast across the ABC News Radio network, ABC Radio Broken Hill, ABC Radio Illawarra, ABC Radio Goulburn Murray, and ABC Radio New England North West. Online coverage includes ABC News Online and MSN Australia.
  • The housing have-nots, ABC RN 'The Money' with Richard Aedy, across Australia (from 08'48").
  • Older women tell heartbreaking stories of rental stress, ABC PM across Australia.
  • Older women in housing crisis as experts appeal for rental law overhaul, 2GB.
  • Older women struggling in the private rental sector, 2SER (at 46'00").
  • The Future of Renting in Australia , ABC Radio National Breakfast.
  • Older women in the private rental sector: unaffordable, substandard and insecure housing report released, news briefs on 2GB, ABC NewsRadio, 702 ABC Sydney, 774 ABC Melbourne, 666 ABC Canberra, 936 ABC Hobart, 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Sunshine Coast, 720 ABC Perth, 1233 ABC Newcastle, ABC Upper Hunter AM, ABC Central Coast NSW, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC North Coast NSW, ABC North and West SA, ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Illawarra, 891 ABC Adelaide, ABC Broken Hill, ABC Alice Springs, 105.7 ABC Darwin, smooth fm91.5 Melbourne, amongst others.
  • ABC News Radio - How to stay cool during heatwaves
  • Radio National, Breakfasts - The Future of Renting in Australia
  • ABC Darwin, Breakfasts – commenting on changes to tenancy legislation in the Northern Territory that will make it easier for renters to have pets.
  • ABC Central West, Mornings – discussing life as an older renter (3/10/18)
  • ABC Radio Illawarra, Breakfasts – discussing the housing risks facing single older women who are not homeowners in the Illawarra region (12/9/18)
  • ABC Radio Sydney 5pm News – discussing Census 2016 release – Median weekly rent has increased faster than median weekly income. Single-person and single parent households are among the most affected. (27/6/17)
  • ABC Radio Newcastle 5pm News – discussing Census 2016 release – there is a need for flexible and affordable housing options to accommodate families living on a single income. (27/6/17)
  • ABC Radio Canberra Drive – discussing the need for greater security in the rental market and arguing for three key policy changes in tenancy legislation. (21/4/17)
  • ABC Radio Brisbane Statewide Evenings program – Chatted with Trevor Jackson about the changes needed to make renting more affordable and secure in Australia. Listen here (from 23’45”) (20/4/17).
  • ABC 702 Evenings program – Chat with James O’Loghlin about the challenges renters face finding pet-friendly rental properties.
  • ABC 891 Adelaide – About the health and social benefits of pets, and pets in apartments.
  • ABC Newcastle Evenings program – About how people live with native wildlife that cohabits their home.
  • 666 Canberra Drive program – About pet-friendly apartment policy and design
  • ABC Tropical North 12.30pm News – About how councils and developers could create a better sense of community by building more pet-friendly units.
  • 612 ABC Brisbane – Kieran Clair, Editor, Australian Property Investor discusses my research: challenges renters with pets face finding rental properties

2SER Radio

  • Housing is an infrastructure of care

Your Strata Podcast

2UE 954 News Talk

  • Jimmy Thomson (flat-chat.com.au) discusses the Renting with Pets research.

2GB 873AM

  • About finding pet friendly rentals, and the ways that pets help to build a sense of community


Canberra Weekly

  • Older renters struggling, but not just because of the pandemic.  "Western Sydney University’s Emma Power said for older renters on very low incomes, the pandemic has only exacerbated affordability issues in the housing system, with many older renters unable to afford basic essentials like food and bills, as well as experiencing social isolation."

ABC News

Central News

  • Running out of time with nowhere to go. “Dr Emma Powerfrom the University of Western Sydneyhas been researching olderassetpoor women in the private rental market since 2016. She said they are at particular risk of housing insecurity and homelessness…”


The Fifth Estate

Property Observer

Tenants Union of NSW

  • The Landlord’s budget. “It’s been dubbed the Budget that forgot the renters.”, Tenants Union of NSW Blog.

Border Mail

  • Housing investment plea. “We do actually need to see government committing to this and not just relying on the private market to provide housing,” said Dr Power
  • Social Housing Scant. “Dr Emma Power said it was clear that housing affordability was having a significant impact on the rising rate of homelessness.”

Huffington Post

Daily Telegraph

  • Pet project for high-rise living: New bylaws propose making it easier to keep pets in apartments. About proposed changes in NSW Strata law to allow pets to live in apartment buildings, and the social benefits that pets can bring in neighbourhoods.
  • On the way to the top: Families are opting for the convenience of apartment living. About the trend towards families considering apartment living.
  • Scratching the anti-pet clause: Why are landlords so reluctant to rent to pet-lovers. About why it is difficult for renters with pets to find pet-friendly rental properties.

Residential Property Manager

  • Pet friendly rentals have an advantage. About the challenges renters face finding pet-friendly properties.


  • Living with pets: interview with Dr Emma Power. About my research background and renting with pets research.


  • Groundbreaking study about pets and renters, About how moving house can lead to renters giving up their pets.

Hills News

  • Renting with a pet, About the challenges renters face finding pet-friendly properties, and the connection between renting and pet relinquishment.

Financial Review | Sydney Morning Herald

  • Tenants and pets: the truth is out there.

The Sunday Telegraph

  • A dog’s life for renters: tenants battle to keep pets – About the stresses that pet owners face trying to find pet friendly properties.
  • Pet-friendly property on the rise. About the trend towards pet-friendly apartments.

and syndicated across: Parramatta City Star, Liverpool Champion, Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser, Camden Advertiser, Fairfield City Champion, Hills News, St Mary’s Star, Blacktown Sun, Northern News.

Strata Community Australia

  • Planning for pet-friendly strata. About how dogs help to build a sense of community in apartments and neighbourhoods.

Weekend Australian

  • Pet Owners Unite! – About the need for pet-friendly apartments.
  • Flats with bang for their buck: Cashing in on demand for pet-friendly apartments. About growing trend for pet-friendly apartments and the benefits dogs can bring for sense of community.

News Local Central Sydney

  • Wanted: Dog Lovers. About the social benefits of pets, and my research about pets in apartments.


  • Dog ban paw for high life

North Shore Times

  • Puppy love good for unit dwellers

Real Estate Journal

  • Pets boost strata communitiesresearch shows pets can promote more than good health, they can benefit Owners Corporations and agents too.

Redland News, Brisbane

  • Push for high-rise households.

Parramatta Sun

  • Carefully count cost of owning high-rise hound
  • Study weights up benefits of dogs in high rise places

Penrith City Star

  • Things are looking up for dogs

Street Corner

  • Sky high puppies: Research to explore the lives of four-legged friends in high-rise homes

Campus Daily News

  • Sky High Puppies: Research to explore the lives of our four-legged friends in high-rise homes.

Sunday Examiner

  • Pet properties on the rise

Yahoo! News Australia

  • Apartment living in a dog-eat-dog world

Housing Journal Podcast

The Housing Journal Podcast is a collaboration between the best Taylor and Francis housing journals; the International Journal of Housing Policy, Housing Studies, and Housing Theory and Society. This international podcast is hosted by Dr Dallas Rogers and Dr Emma Power (Australia) from International Journal of Housing Policy, Dr Beth Watts (UK) from Housing Studies and Dr Julie Lawson (Netherlands) from Housing, Theory and Society.

Other Podcasts

Your Strata Property Podcast

Interview –  How to deal with pets in strata buildings

City Road Podcast

Interviewed –Pets and Cities - You can’t take your dog on the train in Australia, and if you’re a renter owning a pet, well that can make things really difficult when you try to secure a home. In this episode of City Rd Podcast we talk with Drs Emma Power from the University of Western Sydney and Jen Kent from Sydney University, about why Australian cities don’t necessarily share Australians’ love of pets.

Make Renting Fair, Keynote, Renting in later life, Parliament House NSW, October 2018.

National Homelessness Conference. Panel member, Older people and homelessness, talking on “Housing as a care infrastructure”, Melbourne, 6-7 August 2018.

Cities of Care Symposium, Keynote, Assembling caring capacity: care as a process of caring-with, University of Melbourne, 2018.

National Housing Conference. Keynote at launch of report, Ageing on the Edge in NSW – A State of Crisis for Older Renters, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 2017.

Older Women and Violence: Innovative Policies, Programs and Practices Symposium. Bridging Housing & Home: Older women’s housing securityOlder Women’s Network (OWN) and School of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University, Wednesday 21st September, 2016.

Tenants Union of NSW 40th Anniversary Forum House and Home: Looking back, looking forward. Monday 15th August, 2016. Discussion panel with Dr Dallas Rogers and Ned Cutcher, Senior Policy Officer, TUNSW.

New South Wales Vice Chancellor’s Committee Future Vision: Reimagining NSW Project, February 2016. 

Australian Companion Animals Council Think Tank 2013 Keynote speaker, Renting with Pets: The Challenges, June 2013.

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