My way home: competition and choice in human services–Professor Kath Hulse

Consumer choice, welfare reform and housing assistance: the research evidence

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

13 Apr 2016

Prof Kath Hulse, Professor of Housing Studies, AHURI Research Centre—Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Kath Hulse is Co-Leader of the Sustainable Cities Flagship at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (SISR). The Flagship focuses on a critical issue: the performance of our cities, which has major implications for economic growth, social sustainability, environmental performance, health and wellbeing. The Sustainable Cities Flagship consistently produces more than half of SISRs research income (NCG, government/industry, CRC); publishes extensively in academic and other genres, is well networked (a member of a number of national networks (e.g. the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the CRC for Low Carbon Living) and internationally connected (e.g. the Asia Pacific Housing Researchers’ Network).

Professor Hulse’s own research interests include socio-spatial disadvantage, insecurity and risk, the private rental sector, new models of affordable housing, and family homelessness. Until the end of 2006 she held a teaching/research position and was successful in obtaining a Tier 1 research only position from 2007. She has been CI on 30 grants since starting with Swinburne in 2001 (most since 2007), which are almost all NCGs (AHURI, ARC). Professor Hulse has published 46 HERDC/ERA countable publications since 2001 (not including refereed conference papers), most since 2007, as well as a variety of industry-focussed publications. She was the academic leader of 10 PhD symposia for students in the AHURI network of universities (2003-2013).

Professor Hulse has also contributed to public debate through her media interviews and in various other roles such as Policy Advisor on Housing and Homelessness to the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). She has a visiting position at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland (2011 to current). She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Network on Housing Research. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the journal Housing Studies.

Professor Hulse was awarded an Inaugural Carrick Institute Award Citation for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’ as part of Swinburne’s housing studies teaching team in 2006. She was the lead author of a paper which won the Emerald RICS Best Paper on Housing award at the European Real Estate Society Conference, Stockholm 2009 Prior to becoming an academic, Professor Hulse worked at a Senior Executive Service level in government in policy, research, project development and program implementation in areas including housing, homelessness, community services, and land and residential development. She has also been an active contributor to civil society, including as Director of Ecumenical Housing (2001-2003); Melbourne Affordable Housing (2003-2009) and Housing Choices Australia (2009-2012).