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New research Inquiries to examine major policy issues

Four Inquiries underway as part of 2017 National Housing Research Program

6 Apr 2017

AHURI is pleased to announce the commencement of four new research Inquiries and one stand-alone research project as part of the 2017 AHURI National Housing Research Program. The Inquiry topics have been developed following extensive collaboration between the research and policy communities. This collaboration will remain integral to the research process with each Inquiry guided by a panel of expert advisers from government, private and the not-for-profit sectors.

Inquiry into social housing as infrastructure

The Inquiry into social housing as infrastructure will establish the policy rationale defining social housing as infrastructure; provide a business case for funding and financing it and recommend an appropriate investment pathway.

The Inquiry will be led by Associate Professor Julie Lawson at RMIT University and supported by research projects from:

  • Dr Kathleen Flanagan at the University of Tasmania – ‘A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure’
  • Professor Jago Dodson at RMIT University – ‘The business case for social housing as infrastructure’
  • Associate Professor Julie Lawson at RMIT University – ‘An investment pathway to provide social housing infrastructure’.

Inquiry into the potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy

The Inquiry into the potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy will equip housing policy-makers, providers and consumers to engage productively with emergent digital and disruptive technologies.

This Inquiry will be led by Professor Chris Pettit at the University of New South Wales and supported by research projects from:

  • Dr Laura Crommelin at the University of New South Wales – ‘Technological disruption in private housing markets: the case of Airbnb’
  • Professor Chris Pettit at the University of New South Wales – ‘Understanding the ‘disruption ecosystem’—a review of current and emerging technological disruptions’
  • Dr Andrea Sharam at RMIT University – ‘Could market design and technological disruption of housing and housing assistance improve social and economic outcomes?’.

Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families

The Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families will focus on the provision of integrated housing support for families, including those affected by domestic and family violence.

This Inquiry will be led by Dr kylie valentine at the University of New South Wales and supported by research projects from:

  • Dr Kathleen Flanagan at the University of Tasmania – ‘Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence’
  • Dr Kyllie Cripps at the University of New South Wales – ‘Improving housing and service responses to family violence for Indigenous individuals and families’
  • Dr Chris Martin at the University of New South Wales – ‘Family impacts of social housing legal responses to occupier misconduct’.

Inquiry into the housing aspirations and constraints for lower income Australians

The Inquiry into the housing aspirations and constraints for lower income Australians will explore the housing constraints facing diverse populations of lower income Australians to establish how existing and innovative housing solutions can support their shelter and non-shelter aspirations across the life-course from young adulthood to later-life.

This Inquiry will be led by Associate Professor Wendy Stone at Swinburne University of Technology and supported by research projects from:

  • Dr Sharon Parkinson at Swinburne University of Technology – ‘Young Australians and the housing aspirations gap’
  • Associate Professor Wendy Stone at Swinburne University of Technology – ‘Mid-life Australians and the housing aspirations gap’
  • Dr Amity James at Curtin University – ‘Older Australians and the housing aspirations gap’.

The stand-alone research project, ‘Housing impacts for Australian children and adolescents; including Indigenous children in remote Australia’, will be led by Dr Mike Dockery at Curtin University. This project will update and extend important empirical evidence on how housing circumstances shape young Australians’ health and educational outcomes.