AHURI Research Centre at the University of South Australia


The AHURI Research Centre at the University of South Australia is a joint centre of the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and the Business School. Our centre is a member of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), a national, independent research network that provides high quality research to influence and improve policy development in relation to housing and urban needs.  

Our Focus

AHURI LogoProviding critical, evidence-based research for policy development on a range of issues, including:

  • housing supply and affordability;
  • urban planning and infrastructure development;
  • homelessness; economic productivity;
  • social cohesion and wellbeing.

Mission Statement

The aim of the AHURI Research Centre at UniSA is to bring together industry partners and high calibre researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to develop policy-relevant, evidence-based research focussing on housing and urban subjects. Our researchers collaborate across divisions in UniSA, with other research institutions in South Australia and nationally, and with practitioners involved in the design, delivery and provision of housing and urban infrastructure, homelessness services, ageing and finance. Along with the research funding opportunities that arise through our partnership with AHURI, we also source grants and projects through industry and interdisciplinary collaboration.  


News and Events

2019 Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference (AHRC) Call for Abstracts

We are proud to announce that the AHURI Research Centre at UniSA will be co-hosting the Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference together with the University of Adelaide from 6 - 8 February, 2019. Registrations will open shortly and there is a call for abstracts open on the conference website, available at:


The submission deadline for abstracts is 30 November 2018, 11.59pm CST. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our research centre's administration, or contact the conference secretariat directly via the above linked web address.

New AHURI Reports

The AHURI website regularly publishes reports on research completed by its members, as well as work in progress, under 11 key themes.

Their themes include: Financing Social and Affordable Housing, Home Ownership, Homelessness, Housing Aspirations and Careers, Housing Assistance and Social Policy, Housing and the Economy, Indigenous Housing, Private Rental Market, Supply of and Demand for Social and Affordable Housing, Tax and Housing Policy, and Urban Planning and Housing.

To access these reports and see the kind of research produced by AHURI funded collaboration, please visit the AHURI homepage, or click on the research themes outlined above and you will be redirected to the relevant pages.


AHURI Research Centre News Bulletin

View News Bulletin June 2018

View News Bulletin December 2017 (PDF, 547Kb)

Our People

Leadership and Management Team


Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
Associate Professor in the School of Art, Architecture and Design Education, Arts and Social Sciences (EASS)

Deputy Director:

Dr Braam Lowies,
Senior Lecturer in Property School of Commerce
UniSA Business School (BUE)

Administrative and Project Officer:

Dr Kyra Wood
Recent PhD graduate (architecture) from the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia


The AHURI Research Centre at UniSA has established a series of 'workgroups' involving researchers from across the divisions of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and the UniSA Business School. Each workgroup collaborates on a particular theme related to the AHURI agenda. So far our workgroups incorporate three primary research themes, which are housing, homelessness, and ageing-related housing inquiry. We are also currently in the process of establishing an urban workgroup. Within these workgroups researchers from different divisions and from different disciplines within the same division are invited to meet and discuss potential research crossovers and areas of interest, to form working relationships and build their track record of interdisciplinary research outputs. Although the annual AHURI NHRP Agenda changes from year to year, the aim of our workgroups is to continue to practise, strengthen and develop research in related areas.

If you are interested in joining one of our workgroups, please contact Dr Kyra Wood using our Research Centre's administrative email address: ahuri-research-centre@unisa.edu.au

If you are already involved in one of our workgroups, the below links will redirect you to our main SharePoint site and to individual sites for your workgroup. Please note these links require UniSA login details.

AHURI Research Centre SharePoint

Housing Workgroup SharePoint

Homelessness Workgroup SharePoint

Ageing-related Workgroup SharePoint

Urban Workgroup SharePoint


Administration for this centre is currently based in the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Contact Person: Dr Kyra Wood
Address: K3-14, Level 3, Kaurna Building, City West campus
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide  SA  5001

Phone:  +61 (8) 8302 1928
Email: ahuri-research-centre@unisa.edu.au
Internal Post: CWE-01

Call for Information

Are you supervising a PhD?

Part of AHURI's aim is to encourage and support the involvment of PhD candidates in AHURI-related topics. We invite supervisors whose PhD student's topic is aligned with AHURI's research interests to advise our centre administration. Students within the first year of candidature may be eligible to apply for an AHURI Top-up Scholarship.

Areas of study and research

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