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About us

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national not-for-profit independent network organisation.

We are a unique venture. A professional research management company at the centre of a collaborative network of researchers, universities and policy and practice communities nationwide.

We fund, conduct, tailor and disseminate high quality research on housing, homelessness and related urban issues, including research specific to Indigenous Australians.

What is AHURI Limited?

AHURI Limited is the small not-for-profit management company based in Melbourne that leads and manages the work of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

It is comprised of three core teams: the Research Services Group, Communications Services Group and Corporate Services Group. Staff are experts in research management, research synthesis, knowledge transfer and research dissemination—including event design and management, and evidence informed facilitation.

AHURI Limited manages the National Housing Research Program, including a network of university Research Centres throughout Australia, and the National Cities Research Program. It also supports the Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network, convenes the biennial National Housing Conference, supports a range of events to engage the research, policy and practice communities, and supports the development of research capacity building.

The company, through the AHURI Limited Board, is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance—undertaking vigilant internal and external audit processes each year—and to the promotion of transparency in our operations.

What is our mission?

AHURI has a public good mission to deliver high quality, policy-relevant evidence for better housing and urban outcomes.

Our work informs the policies and practices of governments and industry, and stimulates debate in the broader Australian community.

What are our strategic goals?

  • To deliver policy relevant research.
  • To ensure high quality research.
  • To disseminate policy relevant evidence.
  • To foster dynamic collaboration.
  • To support and strengthen research capability.
  • To sustain and build management and governance performance.

How are we funded?

AHURI receives income from three sources: grants from the Australian and all state and territory governments, contributions from our university partners and third parties.

For further information see our current Annual Report.

The money we receive from these sources enables us to release our research via our website free of charge.

What is our research approach?

AHURI is purposefully structured to support the delivery of high quality research and actively transfer this into policy development. We broker engagement between policy-makers and researchers, which allows us to undertake research that is purposeful and actively contributes to national housing policy development.

We use a variety of academically rigorous research approaches, giving us the flexibility to undertake longer-term projects when fundamental research is needed and also respond quickly to new policy or practice issues as they arise.

Once research is complete, we ensure findings are actively disseminated through a variety of mechanisms, including our peer reviewed report series, events and conferences program, website, and our series of Evidence Reviews.

What is the best way for me to be kept informed?

Subscribe to our various email distributions, including our weekly e-update, to be kept informed about new AHURI research, reports, events and other activities. You can also connect with us through Twitter and Facebook.

Last updated: 7 Aug 2014