National Housing Research Program (NHRP)

International collaboration

Building research capacity

International collaboration is an integral feature of AHURI's activities, and it is a growing feature of the National Housing Research Program (NHRP). Housing researchers are encouraged to explore prospective collaborative and comparative research activities with international partners.

AHURI’s international collaboration aims to meet the following objectives:

  • leveraging NHRP funding by securing additional resources (cash and in-kind) by international partners
  • adding quality to research through international comparative analysis by experts in other countries
  • building research capacity by creating international exchange and professional development opportunities
  • building the profile of AHURI as an institute of international standing
  • enabling AHURI to present and participate in international research events
  • supporting AHURI events programs by encouraging international experts to visit Australia.

There are opportunities to establish links with the following international research organisations to collaborate on housing and homelessness research.

AHURI has formal agreements with the following international research organisations and associations, with whom we encourage AHURI housing researchers to explore collaborative and comparative research activities.

Centre for Housing Policy
The University of York, United Kingdom
The Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) is one of Europe's leading centres for housing and social policy research. Their researchers have expertise across the full range of housing issues, and skills from analysis of large-scale data sets to interviewing vulnerable people.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) research departments focus on language, culture, communications, society, government, public administration, social policy and human service intervention. This partnership will include collaborating on an international comparative analysis examining young people’s housing careers.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
United Kingdom

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has established a Housing Market Taskforce which is focusing on what longer term measures, including policy approaches, might promote a more stable housing market cycle. In Australia, Professor Mike Berry from the AHURI Research Centre—RMIT University, has completed a comparative analysis on socially sustainable housing systems, with the UK component funded by JRF.

OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

OTB and AHURI share a common interest in housing and urban research, policy development and evaluation. Each institute provides a strategic platform in their respective nations and regions—Western Europe and Australasia—and aim to further the internationalisation of their research expertise.

The University of Aukland
Auckland, New Zealand

The The University of Auckland and AHURI share a desire for healthier, more vibrant and liveable cities and communities, and both aim to further the internationalisation of their respective research expertise.

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
The University of Hong Kong and AHURI have complementary interests in housing and urban research and policy contribution and evaluation.

The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
New York, USA
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy is a joint research centre of the New York University School of Law and the New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. The Center has an extensive housing research program on issues including: metropolitan house prices and economic productivity, downsizing by older households, the capacity of not-for-profit housing developers/providers, and the issue of evictions and homelessness.

The Wellesley Institute
Toronto, Canada
The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. It focuses on developing research, policy and community mobilisation to advance population health. The Institute has a particular interest in issues of affordable housing supply (including the prospective role of institutional investment) and the dynamics of homelessness.

International Alliance to End Homelessness
AHURI is a member of the International Alliance to End Homelessness (IAEH) and is developing relationships with other research organisations in the USA and Canada that have an active interest in housing and homelessness research.

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
York University, Canada
AHURI is a Partner Organisation of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH). It is a non-profit, research institute committed to conducting and mobilising research to contribute to solutions to homelessness. COH operates as a group of researchers, service providers, policy and decision makers, and people with lived experience of homelessness, with a desire to solve homelessness in our communities.

AHURI is a member of two international research networks:

Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research
The Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR) aims to provide a forum for housing academics, policy makers and the like who have a strong interest in housing in the region, to critically examine and review housing issues and experiences in the respective and comparative socio-political and economic contexts, and to draw lessons from outside the region.

European Network for Housing Research

The European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) is composed of researchers from a variety of social science disciplines dealing with housing and urban issues. In addition to its basic goal of supporting research, the Network also seeks to promote contacts and communications between researchers and practitioners within the housing field. The Network sponsors major international conferences every two years, publishes a comprehensive Newsletter four times a year, provides a framework for nearly 20 working groups, encourages smaller conferences and seminars every year and has an active group of PhD students (new housing researchers).

In addition to formal ongoing partnerships with international research organisations, we also collaborate on other international research projects. The most recent include:

  • 2014 – Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: International evidence and policy implications for Australia
    London School of Economics Project, Harvard Joint Centre for Housing Studies and University College Dublin
  • 2014 – Subsidising the supply of affordable rental housing: an international comparison
    London School of Economics and New York University