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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.

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

Our People

Leadership and Management Team

Dr Jack Wilde
Administrative and Project Officer


The AHURI Research Centre at UniSA has established a series of 'workgroups' in which members collaborate on a particular theme related to the AHURI agenda. Our workgroups currently address three primary research themes: housing and homelessness, ageing, and urban. Within these workgroups, researchers from different disciplines 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 link will redirect you to our main SharePoint site. Please note this link requires UniSA login details.

Current UniSA-led AHURI  Projects

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.

News and Events

New Leadership structure for UniSA AHURI Research Centre

The UniSA AHURI Research Centre welcomes its new directorship team for 2020. Replacing former Director Associate Professor Christine Garnaut is Dr Braam Lowies, and Professor Stefanie Dühr has taken the role of Deputy Director.


The National Homelessness Conference for 2020 is currently on hold in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

More details can be found on the AHURI website.

National Homelessness Conference 2020 announced

AHURI has annnounced this year's National Homelessness Conference will be held at Canberra's National Convention Centre from 10-12 August .

'As the meeting place for the Federal Government, the 2020 Conference will present a unique opportunity to engage with our national leaders across all political parties on the state of homelessness in Australia.'

For further details please visit https://www.ahuri.edu.au/events/national-homelessness-conference-2020

‘Untreated and deteriorating mental health increases chances of experiencing financial hardship and being forced to move’

19th February, 2020

A joint research project by AHURI and Mind Australia studies how mental health issues can affect a person’s financial and subsequent housing situation.

‘According to the research completed by AHURI and Mind Australia, people who experienced severe psychological distress had an 89% increased likelihood of financial hardship within one year and were 28% more likely to be forced to move from their existing accommodation.’

View here: https://www.ahuri.edu.au/news-and-media/news/session-to-highlight-circuit-breakers-that-allow-people-experiencing-mental-health-issues-to-overcome-barriers-to-housing-instability2


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. 


UniSA AHURI Research Centre News Archive 

Contact information

For media enquiries please visit the Media Centre 

General enquiries
e: ahuri-research-centre@unisa.edu.au
t: +61 8 8302 0457
Internal Post: CWE-01

AHURI Research Centre
University of South Australia,
Level 2, Way Lee Building, City West campus
Adelaide SA 5001

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.