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AHURI Scholars Symposium builds future research careers

An ongoing commitment to capacity building within Australian housing and urban research

19 February 2019

Over 20 housing research students presented their ongoing doctoral research at the two day AHURI Postgraduate Symposium held in Adelaide on 4 and 5 February 2019. The students, who are all part of AHURI’s Housing Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up program, use the event as an opportunity to hear from mentors, share their research, debate with peers and to progress their theses.

The Symposium is also a great place for up and coming researchers to meet others from a wide range of universities from across the country and to build valuable connections that will enhance their academic careers.

The 2019 Symposium also featured a standout Masterclass ‘Theory and conceptualisation in research: an illustration’ presented by Professor David Clapham, University of Glasgow.

Students' research topics presented ranged from ‘Neighbouring behaviour and loneliness in apartment buildings: the impact of communal areas’ (Alexandra Kleeman, RMIT) to ‘The impact of Airbnb on New South Wales housing markets’ (Laura Hodgson, University of South Australia) and ‘The right to resist: theorising resident opposition to the Public Housing Renewal Program in Melbourne, Australia’ (Rachel Maguire, Swinburne University of Technology).

... an excellent learning, network-building and knowledge exchange opportunity ...

One of the students summed up the Symposium neatly saying ‘The most useful and positive aspects of the Symposium were listening to all the student's fantastic work—it was very inspiring… they gave me very constructive feedback and tips. From my perspective, the Symposium was an excellent learning, network-building and knowledge exchange opportunity.’

The Symposium is a key aspect of AHURI’s ongoing commitment to capacity building within Australian housing and urban research.

For further information about future symposia, please visit the AHURI website.