AHURI Research Centre, 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

Footage from the National Housing Conference, Darwin 2019

The AHURI website has published presentations, video and audio from the recent National Housing Conference that was held in Darwin between August 27-30.

New AHURI report on the future of South Australian housing

A new report titled 'Audit of South Australia’s current housing assets and mapping of future demand' has been commissioned by the South Australian Housing Authority and delivered by AHURI’s Professional Services team and the University of Adelaide. From the AHURI website:

'The research is an extensive audit of the State’s current housing assets and maps upcoming demand in order to fully understand present and future housing needs. This knowledge will help the South Australian Government plan what housing and infrastructure resources will best be deployed in different regions across the state.'

The report has been published on the AHURI website: 



2019 Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference

The AHURI Research Centre at the University of South Australia recently co-hosted the 2019 Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference with the University of Adelaide. Over three days we heard from a diverse group of researchers including plenary speakers Professor Sarah Johnsen, Professor Gavin Wood, Professor David Clapham and Professor Geoff Meen as well as presentations from local, interstate and international delegates on topics varying from homelessness research to new models of tenure and consumption to population ageing and housing. Some particular highlights of the conference were a panel of early career researchers chaired by Dr Hazel Easthope who discussed their visions for the future of housing research to 2040, the social, collegial atmosphere that existed throughout the conference, and the high calibre of the researcher presentations across the board.It was an honour to co-host the event with the University of Adelaide and we look forward to joining the next AHRC in 2020. Please feel free to send any feedback to our administrative email.

2019 AHURI Top-up Scholars Symposium in Adelaide

Prior to the start of the 2019 AHRC, AHURI held its annual Top-up Scholars Symposium. Our centre director, Associate Professor Christine Garnaut, attended the symposium along with UniSA's AHURI Top-up Scholars Jess Porter and Laura Hodgson. 


UniSA AHURI Top-up Scholars Laura Hodgson, Jess Porter and Christa Viljoen with our research centre director, Assoc. Prof Christine Garnaut

 From left: Laura Hodgson, Jess Porter, Christine Garnaut, Christa Viljoen

Current UniSA AHURI Scholarship Top-up Recipients
Jessica Porter:  

Working title – ‘Local Government and affordable housing provision in Australian regional cities: an analytic of government’ 

Jessica’s research considers the policy measures that have been developed to boost the supply of affordable housing; and investigates how governance arrangements at the state and local government levels shape affordable housing outcomes in Australian regional cities. 

Laura Hodgson: 

Laura is in her third year of a PhD at the University of South Australia investigating the impact of Airbnb on New South Wales housing markets. Laura uses two case study areas in Sydney and the Northern Rivers to examine the impact of Airbnb. Laura is interested in the decision-making and complex relationships between government, the community and non-government actors during this period of disruption. 

Sara Mirhadi: 

My research titled "Place Attachment in Transition; A Critical Evaluation of Design Elements and Human Perceptions of Migrants' Houses in Australia" aims to identify lived experiences of migrants in their Australian houses. This study investigates migrants' ways of adaptation and appropriation of the houses to their preferences. Accordingly, the project focuses specifically on capturing socio-spatial modifications of migrants' houses through a rigorous triangulation methodology combining social and architectural research methods. 

Australia, as a distinctive multicultural context, faces with household diversity which leads to a changing in housing demands and ultimately housing design approaches. Observing and researching on these housing design changes is way important for anticipating future housing market. Thus, the anticipated outcome of this research is to offer new insights into effective housing design approaches and planning policies. 

2018 End of Year News Bulletin and successful NHRP funding announcements

We are delighted to congratulate Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson and her research team on their successful application for funding in AHURI's NHRP 2019 agenda. For further details about this and other successful applications that involve researchers from the University of South Australia, please follow the link to our end of year news bulletin below. 


View News Bulletin December 2018 (PDF 214Kb) 

View News Bulletin June 2018 (PDF 271Kb)

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 Jack Wilde

e-mail: ahuri-research-centre@unisa.edu.au 

Ph: (08) 8302 1928


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 us 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

Current UniSA-led AHURI  Projects

Title: ‘Urban Indigenous homelessness: much more than housing’.

Research statement: This project reviews policy, practice and service delivery in relation to Indigenous homelessness in urban settings. It explores culturally safe responses to homelessness from Indigenous perspectives and considers options for more holistic and better targeted, coordinated and operationalised support for Indigenous people experiencing homelessness in urban settings.

Research team: Associate Professor Deirdre Tedmanson, Associate Professor Alwin Chong, Dr Skye Akbar, Dr Selina Tually, Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith and Associate Professor David MacKenzie from UniSA, and Associate Professor Daphne Habibis from University of Tasmania.

UniSA AHURI Research Centre at the Social Enterprise Hub

UniSA's AHURI Research Centre is a member of the University's Social Enterprise Hub, a meeting place for research and education that 'connects staff and students to each other and the broader community to nurture and develop creative solutions for pressing social problems'.

Find it here: https://www.unisa.edu.au/research/social-enterprise-hub/ and the list of other members here: https://www.unisa.edu.au/research/social-enterprise-hub/members/ 


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

Contact Person: Jack Wilde
Address: 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

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.

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.

UniSA-led AHURI Reports

The final report from the UniSA-led investigation with the University of Tasmania ‘Understanding Specialist Disability Accommodation funding’ (2019) has been published and is available to access on the AHURI website.  

Title: ‘Understanding Specialist Disability Accommodation funding’

Authors: Andrew Beer; Kathleen Flanagan; Julia Verdouw; Braam Lowies; Elizabeth Hemphill; Gina Zappia

Access: https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/310

Areas of study and research

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