Who we are and what we do

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

AHURI is a national independent research network with an expert not-for-profit research management company, AHURI Limited, at its centre.

As the only organisation in Australia dedicated exclusively to housing, homelessness, cities and related urban research, AHURI is a unique venture. Through our national network of university research partners, we undertake research leading to the advancement of knowledge on key policy and practice issues.

Our vision

Australian policy and decision making in housing and urban issues is informed by credible and independent evidence to facilitate:

  • the alignment of public, private and not-for-profit sector investment to optimise outcomes and value
  • an integrated approach to planning productive, sustainable, and liveable urban environments
  • healthy, cohesive and connected communities and places
  • affordable and secure housing for all Australians.
Through active engagement, AHURI's work informs the policies and practices of governments and the housing and urban development industries, and stimulates debate in the broader Australian community.

Our mission

To inform and impact better housing, homelessness, cities and related urban outcomes through the delivery and dissemination of relevant and authoritative research.

  1. Inform and influence cities policy, planning and practice
  2. Inform and influence housing policy, planning and practice
  3. Foster engagement across all sectors and stakeholder groups
  4. Build public and professional understanding of housing and cities issues
  5. Enhance national policy and research capability
  6. Optimise the value that AHURI delivers

AHURI Limited staff are experts in research management, research synthesis, knowledge transfer and research dissemination. We currently:

AHURI receives income from three sources: grants from the Australian and state and territory governments; contributions from our university partners in the National Housing Research Program; and contributions from third parties through professional services.

The funding we receive from Australian governments and university partners enables online publication of the National Housing Research Program research reports.

AHURI Limited, 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.

AHURI is purposely structured to support evidence-based policy development.

We are a national independent research network with an expert not-for-profit research management company, AHURI Limited, at its centre.

Research leading to the advancement of knowledge on key policy issues is conducted by our network of expert research partners. Using a diversity of academically rigorous approaches, our research partners undertake a variety of research activities, ensuring the flexibility to undertake longer-term projects when fundamental research is needed, while also responding quickly to new strategic policy issues as they arise.

AHURI Inquiries integrate evidence building and policy development via a collaborative process involving both researchers and policy makers.  Each AHURI Inquiry is guided by a panel of experts who are informed by the integrated suite of supporting research projects.

Once new knowledge and understanding on a key policy issue are available, we engage with the housing, homelessness and urban research policy communities through evidence-informed forums, conferences, workshops and other activities to actively transfer findings into evidence-based policy development and practice change. Research findings are available through our peer-reviewed report series.

AHURI Limited leads and manages the work of AHURI. It is comprised of three core areas of work: Research Services, Communications and Corporate Services.

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Our history

As a unique partnership between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and an Australia-wide network of university partners, AHURI has delivered vital research and insights that have guided governments and shaped community thinking. Over 20 years it has built a vast and informative evidence-base and advanced knowledge of housing, homelessness and urban issues.

In 2019, to celebrate two decades of research, policy engagement, public events and research capacity building, AHURI produced the ’20 Years of AHURI’ commemorative publication.

Download the 20 years of AHURI publication here.