The AHURI Research Centre at the University of South Australia 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

Providing 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.

Our People

Leadership and Management Team

Dr Jack Wilde
Administrative and Project Officer

Current UniSA-led AHURI  Projects

NHRP2020 Projects:

Inquiry into Growing Australia’s smaller cities to better manage population growth.

Led by Professor Andrew Beer (Business), the inquiry involves UniSA researchers Professor Stefanie Dühr (Creative) and William Veitch (Business). The inquiry project ‘Understanding the drivers and motivations of migration to smaller cities’ is led by Dr Akshay Vij (Business).

Inquiry into Housing policies and practices for precariously housed older Australians

Led by Dr Debbie Faulkner, the inquiry includes the projects ‘Housing models for precariously housed older Australians’, led by Dr Selina Tually (Business/TAASE) and ‘Mapping where older low-income renters live’ led by Dr Helen Barrie.


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 operated 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.

News and Events

NHRP 2022 Priority Brief Funding Round

The UniSA AHURUI Research Centre would like to congratulate Professor Chris Leishman for being successful with an application to the NHRP 2022 Priority Brief Funding Round. Professor Andrew Beer, as well as researchers from 4 network universities forms part of the research team that will conduct ‘An evaluation of Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic housing policy responses’, with the funding received.

We wish Chris, Andrew and the team well in completing this important research project.

UniSA AHURI Research Centre Newsletter, April 2021

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share the following AHURI news and announcements.

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington joins national AHURI board

We extend warm congratulations to Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington (UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise) for her recent appointment to the national AHURI board. UniSA will have strong representation on the AHURI board in the coming two years.

UniSA funding successes from the NHRP2021 round

AHURI has now confirmed the results of the National Housing Research Program (NHRP) funding round for 2021, and contracts have been signed with the lead universities. We are excited to announce that the following UniSA researchers have been successful with grants from the NHRP2021:

  • Professor Stefanie Dühr is leading a project entitled ‘Sustainable housing at a neighbourhood scale’. The project is part of a larger Inquiry into housing in a circular economy led by Professor Ralph Horne (RMIT). Other UniSA researchers involved in the ‘sustainable housing at a neighbourhood scale’ project are Dr. Rob Crocker, Dr. Stephen Berry, and Dr. Jennifer Bonham.
  • Professor Andrew Beer is involved in a project on A data-driven policy roadmap for the rental sector in post-pandemic Australia, which is led by Emma Baker (University of Adelaide)
  • Dr. Selina Tually and Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith are involved in the project Rethinking social housing stock matching and allocations: innovations in policy and practice, which is led by Iris Levin (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Professor Eileen Webb is involved in the project Regulation of residential tendencies and impacts on investment in changing rental markets, which is led by Chris Martin (UNSW)
  • Dr. Selina Tually, Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith and Dr. Veronica Coram are involved in the project entitled Crisis Accommodation in Australia: Now and for the Future, which is led by Deb Batterham (Swinburne University of Technology)

We wish to congratulate the successful researchers and thank everyone who contributed to submissions for funding application submissions for the NHRP2021 round.

UniSA AHURI Research Centre Occasional Grant - Publications

Based on the research funded by the UniSA AHURI Research Centre - Occasional Grant Scheme in 2020, the following journal article has recently been published:

Dühr, S.; Gilbert, H., Peters, S. (2021) Spatial data requirements for metropolitan spatial planning in South Australia: challenges for evidence-informed policy-making and monitoring. Planning Practice and Research. OnlineFirst (

Published AHURI research

The past year has seen successful publications by UniSA researchers through AHURI, as follows. All project reports are available for download from the AHURI website (

AHURI reports
AHURI COVID-19 reports


UniSA success in AHURI NHRP 2020 Funding Round

We are pleased to announce the outcomes of the AHURI National Housing Research Program 2020. The AHURI research centre at UniSA has received funding from this Category 1 programme to the total amount of $615,000.

The UniSA AHURI Research Centre was successful with the following applications:

(1) The Inquiry into Growing Australia’s smaller cities to better manage population growth, led by UniSA and involving UNSW and RMIT as partner centres.The Inquiry Leader is Professor Andrew Beer (Business) and involves UniSA researchers Professor Stefanie Dühr (Creative) and William Veitch (Business). One of the Inquiry projects on ‘Understanding the drivers and motivations of migration to smaller cities’ is led by Dr Akshay Vij (Business). Professor Stefanie Dühr (Creative) is further involved in another Inquiry project led by UNSW on ‘The lived experience of regional cities’.

(2) The Inquiry into Housing policies and practices for precariously housed older Australians. The Inquiry leader is Dr Debbie Faulkner who has recently accepted a position at UniSA (Welcome!). One of the projects within the Inquiry on ‘Housing models for precariously housed older Australians’ is led by Dr Selina Tually (Business/TAASE). Another Inquiry project is led by Dr Helen Barrie, who has recently accepted a position at UniSA (Welcome!) and is titled ‘Mapping where older low-income renters live’. Other UniSA AHURI centre researchers involved in the Inquiry are Dr Braam Lowies and Veronica Coram (Business) and Professor Eileen Webb (Justice and Society).

(3) the UniSA AHURI Research Centre is further a partner centre in two stand-alone research projects, one led by RMIT and the other by UNSW, as follows: A project on ‘Developing an Australian Social Housing Advanced Asset Management (ASHAAM) framework’, led by Dr Andrea Sharam, RMIT. UniSA researchers involved in the project are Dr Peter Rossini and Dr Hyunbum Cho (both UniSA: Business). A project on ‘Modelling a Filtering Process in Expanding Affordable Rental Supply’, led by Associate Professor Chyi Lin Lee, UNSW. Dr Braam Lowies (UniSA: Business) is involved in the research project.

Many congratulations to our successful researchers!


Current UniSA AHURI Scholarship Top-up Recipients

Zahra Yousefi:

This study follows the AHURI approach in “building an evidence-base of practical applied research to support policy development, and is adding new knowledge to cities, urban policy and related disciplines”. The PhD research evaluates the current policy frameworks for active travel as emerging from planning, transport and health policy sectors in Australia, and will seek to provide empirical data on how to achieve better active travel policies and outcomes for older residents. The research is expected to inform policymakers, urban planners and developers in improving built environments in the future. The outcome of this study can bring new insights for  the needs of an ageing population in urban environments to support active and healthy ageing.

During two years of research as a master’s degree student, my primary research focus was around the city growth models in the first rank university in Iran. During my PhD, I am now focusing more on urban planning, transport and health policies for older residents, in order to apply the findings to promote strategies and policies towards active travel of older residents. Both projects needed a

comprehensive overview of all the knowledge available on the topic, and a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Anita Fairuz:

Recent studies show that home ownership rates among all Australians, including recent migrants are falling; primary reasons being- rising house price, deposit constraints, mortgage stress amongst others. Some people find initial deposit payment as a major obstacle of home ownership as it involves paying a large portion of lifetime savings which is hard for common people. Others find monthly mortgage payment as an impediment unless they have sound and stable income. Hence, analysis needs to be done to find out the demographic characteristics of people finding the type of obstacle more profound. Accordingly, new financial rules and regulations can be initiated to address the specific challenges of vulnerable groups. Part of this research aims to find the trade-offs people are willing to make between initial payment and mortgage payments to purchase a particular type of housing. This will enable us to understand the underlying barriers; and accordingly, new opportunities of home ownership can be introduced. Moreover, studies show that cities are not providing the type of housing that residents say they want. Detached and semi-detached houses are being constructed more than what is required; whereas there is under-supply of apartment-style housing facilities which are of greater preferences and needs of smaller households looking for rental and/or homeownership purposes. This research will look into peoples’ preferences over types of housing which can help to analyse the extent of mismatch that the market is delivering; and appropriate policy can be undertaken.

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. 


UniSA AHURI Research Centre News Archive 

Latest reports

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: 

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.

Visit the AHURI homepage

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 the UniSA-led AHURI Reports

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Part of AHURI's aim is to encourage and support the involvement 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.