2020 National Housing Research Program commences

Research funded by the 2020 National Housing Research Program

12 May 2020

Research is underway for the suite of projects funded by AHURI as part of the 2020 National Housing Research Program (NHRP).

The research will be undertaken by collaborative teams from AHURI’s eight national university research partners.

‘We’re very excited by the quality and scope of the newly funded projects,’ says Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director of AHURI. ‘Congratulations to the successful research teams. This research has so much to offer in helping Australian governments and policy makers deliver effective and efficient solutions to housing and homelessness and urban policy challenges.’

The successful project include the following Inquiries:

  • Inquiry into population growth in Australia’s smaller cities will use quantitative and qualitative analysis to provide insights into the policies and programs needed to grow Australia’s second-tier cities. This inquiry is supported by research projects on:
    • The economic dynamics and population change of Australia’s regional cities
    • Understanding what attracts new residents to smaller cities
    • Understanding the perceived benefits of living in regional cities
  • Inquiry into housing policies and practices for precariously housed older Australians will investigate how to provide a more differentiated and diversified housing system that better caters to the needs of precariously housed, older individuals. This inquiry is supported by research projects on:
    • Mapping where older low-income renters live
    • Housing models for precariously housed older Australians
    • Housing aspirations for precariously housed older Australians

The 2020 NHRP also includes 12 stand-alone research projects:

  • How many in a crowd? Assessing overcrowding measures in Australian housing will use mixed-methods to reassess overcrowding measures for Australian households.
  • Estimating the population at risk of homelessness in small areas, 2016 aims to assist policy makers and stakeholders at local and regional levels in developing homelessness prevention strategies.
  • Measuring neighbourhood change through residential mobility and employment will draw on internal migration and journey-to-work data from the 2011 and 2016 Census to examine neighbourhood change based on residential mobility and employment connectivity.
  • Modelling sustainable regional and remote Indigenous housing will explore ways to most effectively plan, resource, and target Indigenous housing interventions to generate diverse and sustainable benefits.
  • Precarious housing, housing assistance and wellbeing: a multi-dimensional investigation aims to generate a comprehensive, up-to-date and national evidence base on the links between multiple dimensions of housing precariousness and wellbeing.
  • Housing key workers: scoping challenges, aspirations and policy responses for Australian cities will investigate evidence of housing affordability, housing choices, commuting patterns and residential moves amongst Sydney and Melbourne’s key workers.
  • Developing an Australian Social Housing Advanced Asset Management (ASHAAM) framework plans to both investigate Australian social housing asset management practices and develop an Advanced Asset Management framework suitable for Australian social housing managers.
  • Accommodating adults with disabilities and high support needs will examine how individual supported living (ISL) enables adults with disabilities to live in their own homes.
  • Understanding how policy settings affect developers’ decisions will unpick the process and examine the potential of various policy settings and alternative construction technologies to impact development project viability and deliver improved affordability outcomes.
  • Modelling a filtering process in expanding affordable rental supply will explore the opportunity of an innovative market driven mechanism (i.e. filtering process) to expand the supply of affordable rental properties that are affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
  • Filtering as a source of low-income housing in Australia: conceptualisation and testing will conceptualise how filtering can contribute to the provision of market-based low-income housing in Australia.
  • Understanding discrimination effects in private rental housing will investigate types and impacts of prejudicial discrimination in the private rental housing sector highlighting intersections of age, race, gender, sexuality and technology.

For more details of the 2020 NHRP projects please click here.