AHURI celebrates award winners at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference

AHURI recognises research excellence at AHRC 2017

17 Feb 2017

Michael Fotheringham with Lyrian Daniel
Lyrian Daniel with Michael Fotheringham (AHURI)

AHURI is pleased to announce the winners of the Federal Minister's Award for Early Career Housing Researcher and The Berry, the Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research. Both awards were presented at the dinner of the 2017 Australasian Housing Researchers Conference on 16 February 2017.

Dr Lyrian Daniel, from the University of Adelaide, won the Federal Minister's Award for Early Career Housing Researcher for her research ‘Material Deprivation: Housing affordability risk made real’.

Her study investigated the relationship between material deprivation and housing affordability stress (HAS) in a sample of approximately 17,000 Australians. HAS is experienced by a much larger proportion of the population than material deprivation, only some people with HAS go on to experience material deprivation in later years, and there are key differences in the characteristics of the two populations.

'It is a real pleasure and honour to be received by the housing research community in such a manner,' says Lyrian. 'I feel lucky to be working within a space that so effortlessly examines both conceptual and highly practical issues led by high calibre early career and established researchers. I look forward to being able to make some small contribution to this field into the future.'

Associate Professor Daphne Habibis, from the University of Tasmania (AHURI Research Centre Director) won the The Berry, the Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research.

Daphne Habibis with Michael Fotheringham
Daphne Habibis with Michael Fotheringham (AHURI)

Daphne is Director of the Housing and Community Research Unit at the University of Tasmania. She is a sociologist who has published widely on housing and urban policy issues especially in relation to tenancy sustainment and Aboriginal housing. She is the lead investigator on a number of Australian Research Council and AHURI funded research projects concerning Aboriginal and settler Australian race relations, welfare conditionality in Aboriginal housing, and improving tenancy management in remote Aboriginal communities.

'It’s an honour to receive the Berry award, which is named after one of Australia’s most distinguished researchers, and when there is also so much excellent work done by AHURI and other housing researchers,’ says Daphne. ‘One of the attractive things about housing research is the way it combines scholarly and policy relevant research that has genuine potential to impact on the field. The complexity of the issues in Aboriginal housing make this especially true so it’s a privilege to be working in this space.'

Along with an engraved award, Daphne also received a $1,000 cash prize.

AHURI congratulates both award winners and commends all the researchers who presented at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference.

AHURI Awards recipients
Associate Professor Daphne Habibis, University of Tasmania (AHURI Research Centre Director) (left) and Dr Lyrian Daniel, University of Adelaide (right).