From barn to yurt – the geography of Airbnb in Australia


The short term rentals (STRs) together with other aspects of sharing economy took the world by a storm. However little is known about their distribution and functioning in Australia. With lack of data and patchy analyses, the discussion is often polarized between strong proponents of free market on one side and calls for bans and regulation on the other. Using complete time series of Airbnb data for Australia, this talk will give a short overview where the listings are located, what are their characteristics and how much money is involved. The second part of the talk will explore the relationship between Airbnb pricing and its effect on rent across small areas of Australia.


Radek is a geographer turned epidemiologist who embarked on a career in data science. He enjoys team-driven cross-disciplinary work as well as tackling problems with spatial components. Before joining the University of Queensland Radek worked at University of Swansea, University of Bern and University of Zurich. Among many other projects, he developed a neighbourhood index of socioeconomic position, contributed to work on tracking activity of eosinophilic esophagitis, worked on the epidemiology of violent deaths and tracked spatial patterns of height among Swiss military conscripts. Currently, he is involved in a project estimating temporary populations in Australia which aims to bridge together traditional types of population data such as censuses and surveys with non-traditional sources. He is a strong advocate of teaching and implementing reproducible methods in science. He is part of the steering committee of the Australia & New Zealand Open Research Network (ANZORN) initiative where he leads the Brisbane chapter of the network.