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Gender housing

Gendered housing opportunities, pathways, assistance and impacts

Despite national and international evidence suggesting the lifetime significance of gender as a key determinant in housing outcomes and housing assistance recipiency, no comprehensive approach to understanding gender and its role in housing currently exists in Australia, nor internationally.

The project aims to develop a framework for assessing the gendered nature of housing. It will establish a national evidence-base of gendered housing opportunities, pathways, assistance and impacts, and examine the adequacy of gender data and reporting to directly inform policy and practice development opportunities.

Four research questions will be addressed: 

  1. How can gendered housing be understood in a coherent, policy-oriented framework? 
  2. How does gender intersect with housing opportunities, pathways, assistance and impacts across the lifecourse, for women, men and non-binary individuals, and generational cohorts? 
  3. How can housing (and related) data be improved to support gender-focused housing policy development? 
  4. What are the policy and practice implications of the research findings and how can these be actively developed? 

The project will draw on national Census, longitudinal panel and survey data, desk-based review, a National and International Advisory Group and online Policy Workshop.

Lead Researcher: Professor Wendy Stone, Swinburne University of Technology

Project Number: 51299