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:


Abstracts will be peer reviewed, and the submission deadline 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.

AHURI Research Centre News Update

Congratulations to all the researchers from UniSA who have applied for funding in the AHURI National Housing Research Program (NHRP) 2019 grants round, particularly to the two teams led by researchers from UniSA. In total, UniSA has researchers involved in eight separate applications in the 2019 agenda. Successful applications will be announced towards the end of 2018.

We also wish to congratulate those members of our workgroups who have recently applied for UniSA's RTIS funding in collaboration with other workgroup members. We look forward to learning the results and to supporting your research in further workgroup collaborative meetings.

Please note that in this year's June news bulletin (archived below) we advised of an upcoming symposium at our research centre in October. This event has now been cancelled.

However, the AHURI Research Centre at UniSA is currently working together with the AHURI Research Cenre at the University of Adelaide to prepare for a joint hosting of the Australasian Housing Research Conference (exact dates to be advised). Please keep an eye on this webpage for further news about this exciting upcoming event.

AHURI Scholars' Symposium report by Top-up recipients Laura Hodgson and Jessica Porter

Two UniSA PhD candidates and AHURI Top-up Scholarship recipients, Laura Hodgson and Jessica Porter, attended the AHURI PhD Scholars' Symposium in Canberra, ACT at the end of May. The following report on the symposium was kindly provided by Jessica and Laura for our Research Centre's website:

The AHURI Scholars' Symposium was attended by 22 AHURI Top-up Scholarship recipients from across Australia. The two-day symposium gave PhD scholars the opportunity to present their work to date and receive constructive feedback from their peers and the Symposium mentors. Throughout the symposium Laura and Jessica participated in a number of workshops aimed to develop skills in research methodologies, housing theory, thesis examination, early career research and the chance to ask questions of completing PhD students. Prior to the symposium, both Laura and Jessica attended the AHURI one-day conference Ready for Growth: Affordable housing supply solutions.

The one-day conference was attended by delegates representing Federal, State and Local government, NGOs, academia, community housing providers, housing developers and private enterprise. The conference included the launch of research findings from three AHURI Inquiries, examining the supply of affordable housing; the role of local, state and Federal governments; and the role of the CHP sector.

Several State and Federal Minsters addressed the conference, which provided delegates with an insight into the political stance of affordable housing and produced passionate debate between delegates and presenters. Calls for a National Housing Strategy rang loud and clear from the floor.

The conference concluded with a session presenting a case study of the Communities Plus Ivanhoe redevelopment in Macquarie Park, New South Wales, which highlighted how government, Community Housing Providers and private industry can work together.

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 Top Up Scholars Symposium 2018 - Tuesday 29 May to Thursday 31 May, 2018 

Held by AHURI in Canberra (attendance by AHURI PhD Top Up recipients required) in conjunction with the AHURI One-Day conference on 29 May, focussing on 'Ready for growth: Affordable housing supply solutions'.

Joint APNHR and AHRC Conference - Wednesday 6 June to Friday 8 June, 2018  

The Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR) Conference and the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC) are holding a joint conference in 2018 on the Gold Coast, focussing on ‘Smart and Sustainable Housing Futures: Towards an Efficient and Equitable Housing Delivery System’

Wednesday 23 May, 2018, 12.30pm - Lunch meeting for UniSA PhD candidates and their supervisors at City West 

This informal lunch gathering is an opportunity for PhD candidates who are studying in an AHURI-related research area to meet with other students and their supervisors. Join us in the Kaurna Building at City West to share a meal and discuss your research interests. We will provide information about the 2019 AHURI Top Up Scholarship application processes and will discuss the structure and themes of our AHURI Research Centre's UniSA Symposium which is planned for later in 2018. Please bring a plate of food to share. Tea, coffee and fruit platters will be provided.

Tuesday 8 May, 2018 - Meeting with AHURI representatives to discuss the 2019 NHRP Funding Round and Agenda

On April 16 AHURI released the 2019 National Housing Research Program (NHRP) agenda and deadlines. This event is an opportunity for members of the AHURI Research Centre at the University of South Australia to meet with AHURI representatives and ask questions about the topics and grants application process for the 2019 funding round. Please contact the UniSA AHURI Research Centre administration for further information and details about the meeting.

Thursday 22 March 2018, 3pm - AHURI Grant Writing Information Session,

Held by the University of South Australia AHURI Research Centre, Yungondi Building, Executive Educational Meeting Room, Y1-70 (places limited – invitation only).

Thursday 22 March 2018, 5.45pm - University of South Australia AHURI Research Centre Official Launch and Networking Event

For researchers and industry partners, held by the University of South Australia AHURI Research Centre, Jeffrey Smart Building, City West, Hindley Street, Jeffrey Smart Forum, JS Forum JS1-13

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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