AHURI Research Webinar Series

The lived experience of COVID-19: housing and household resilience

Monday 14 December at 11am (AEDT)

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Housing has taken on increasing significance with the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this project was to evaluate complex interrelated impacts that COVID-19 is having on households with a range of vulnerabilities. COVID-19 has exacerbated vulnerabilities such as poor housing quality and location, housing affordability, energy poverty, and a range of social, mental and physical health conditions.

This free webinar will present findings from a new AHURI research projects, which is part of the COVID-19 Research Agenda — eight priority research projects that will help governments at all levels make the best housing policy decisions during and following the coronavirus pandemic.

This free webinar will present findings from a new AHURI research project — The lived experience of COVID-19: housing and household resilience — led by Prof Ralph Horne, RMIT University. This project takes a longitudinal qualitative approach to examine differential impacts of COVID-19 for those in housing affordability stress across tenures, housing types and household composition.

The webinar will include a research presentation, followed by a discussion with AHURI’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham and audience Q&A.

In this 90 minute webinar you will learn about:

  • How are households impacted with regards to care, health, work, schooling, relationships, access to outside spaces, energy bills, food and privacy?
  • What coping mechanisms are being adopted by these households and how are the responding to  policy interventions designed to alleviate impacts of COVID-19?
  • What are the gaps in COVID-19 housing and welfare policy responses and what are the implications for future housing policy interventions?


Ralph HorneProf Ralph Horne, RMIT University

Ralph Horne is Professor of Geography and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. He is interested in social and policy change to support sustainable urban development, and has a specific research interest in equitable low carbon urban transitions, housing and households. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.


Emma King

Emma King,  VCOSS

Emma King joined the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) as Chief Executive Officer in 2013, providing a strong voice of leadership and advocacy on social justice issues for the community sector.

Emma was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria), the peak organisation representing parents and providers of early learning services in Victoria. Emma also has an extensive background in the public sector and in workforce and education issues, having worked as a Victorian policy adviser, a teacher, and in a range of industrial and training roles at the Victorian Independent Education Union and the Finance Sector Union. Emma’s qualifications include a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts.

Emma represents VCOSS on a range of ministerial advisory groups and committees. She is also the Chair of the Future Social Service Institute, President of the Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Board Member of Mental Health Victoria. Emma is a regular commentator on social affairs and justice issues.


Tom AlvesDr Tom Alves,  AHURI (facilitator)

Tom leads the Professional Services and Strategic Initiatives components of AHURI's business. As Head of Development, he works closely with AHURI’s University partners, Australian governments, industry, the community sector and other stakeholders to deliver responsive, high-quality professional services and to develop AHURI’s standing as an authoritative voice in international housing and urban policy discussion.

Tom has a PhD in Housing and Urban Studies and has held positions at RMIT University and The University of Melbourne in the disciplines of Property, Architecture and Urban Planning. He has substantial experience in policy and advisory work with the Victorian Government and fourteen years’ experience working in architectural practices in Melbourne and Sydney.