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Sustainable Cities Research Flagship - Completed Projects

The built environment

Project, funding source, date commenced Swinburne researcher(s)
Towards a new development model for housing regeneration in greyfield precincts (Investigative Panel), AHURI, 2010
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Peter Newton (with Shane Murray Monash University and Ron Wakefield RMIT University)
Consuming the Environment: Determinants of Resource Consumption in Australian Cities, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 2008-2010
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Peter Newton, Terry Burke, Maryann Wulff and Denny Meyer
Hybrid Buildings, funded by DEWAH, DPCD, BCV, SV and ARUP, 2008-09
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Peter Newton
Political and social factors in the decline of mass transit: an investigation of failed policies to rebuild Melbourne's mass transit, ARC APAI LP0347712 Swinburne Research Bank:
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John Stone (PhD thesis) with Terry Burke (and Paul Mees RMIT)

Housing and place

Project, funding source, date commenced Swinburne researcher(s)
Housing Needs and Opportunities: Discussion Paper, Mount Alexander Shire, 2012

Sean McNelis, Liss Ralston
Short project on prospective intergenerational housing opportunities for the township of Hurstbridge, Shire of Nillumbik, 2012

Sean McNelis
Supported Lodgings Feasibility Study, YMCA-Victoria Community Housing, 2013

Sean McNelis
Forecasting Social Housing Demand - Development of Indicators, Department of Human Services, 2013

Sean McNelis, Liss Ralston and Terry Burke
Changes in the private rental system and the effects of long-term private rental, AHURI nationally competitive grant 50683 2011-2013
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An increasing proportion of Australians are now renting privately, many for over 10 years or more. Long-term renters experience higher levels of housing stress and are less likely to feel part of the community. Policy-makers need to respond to the needs of long-term renters, especially households with children and those facing retirement.
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Wendy Stone, Terry Burke, Kath Hulse, Liss Ralston
Social inclusion and housing: a household and local area analysis, AHURI nationally competitive grant 50683 2011-2013
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Social exclusion is measured across a range of life domains, such as access to material resources, employment, education, social participation and community attachment such as volunteering. 'Marginal' and 'deep' forms of social exclusion are found to be distributed across all housing tenures. High proportions of households resident in public housing are socially excluded households (80%), followed by outright owners (41%); private rental (39%), and purchaser owner households (16%). - This study suggests that in addition to focusing on local areas characterised by entrenched, concentrated disadvantage, joined-up policy responses to disadvantage also need to address issues of geographically dispersed social exclusion. There is a need for both household-based and place-based initiatives to support socially excluded households and to enhance the living environments in which many live.
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Wendy Stone, Margaret Reynolds, Maryann Wulff and Kath Hulse
Residual Incomes in Australia: Analysis and Implications, AHURI, 2010
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Terry Burke and Liss Ralston (with Michael Stone University of Massachusetts)
Housing, Public Policy and Social Inclusion, AHURI, 2009-2011
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Publications produced:
  • Hulse, K., Jacobs, K., Arthurson, K. and Spinney, A. (2010) Housing, public policy and social inclusion, Positioning Paper No 135, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
  • Hulse, K., Jacobs, K., Arthurson, K. and Spinney, A. (2011) At home and in place? The role of housing in social inclusion, Final Report No 177, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
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Kath Hulse and Angela Spinney (with Keith Jacobs University of Tasmania and Kathy Arthurson Flinders University)

Secure occupancy in rental housing: A comparative analysis, AHURI, 2009-2011
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Publications produced:
  • Hulse, K., Milligan, V. and Easthope, H. (2011) Secure occupancy in rental housing: conceptual foundations and comparative perspectives, Final Report No 170, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
Kath Hulse (with Vivienne Milligan and Hazel Easthope UNSW in collaboration with OTB, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)
The advantages and disadvantages of home ownership for low-moderate income households, AHURI, 2008-2010
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Publications produced:
  • Hulse, K. and Burke, T. (2009) The benefits and risks of home ownership: disaggregating the effects of household income, Positioning Paper No 120, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
  • Hulse, K., Burke, T., Ralston, L. and Stone, W. (2010) The benefits and risks of home ownership for low-moderate income households, Final Report No 154, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
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Kath Hulse, Terry Burke, Liss Ralston and Wendy Stone
Australia's private rental market: changes (2001-2006) in the supply of, and demand for, low rent dwellings, AHURI, 2008-2011
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Publications produced:
  • Wulff, M., Dharmalingam, A., Reynolds, M. and Yates, J. (2009) Australia's private rental market: changes (2001-2006) in the supply of, and demand for, low rent dwellings, Positioning Paper No 122, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
  • Wulff, M., Reynolds, M., Dharmalingam, A. Hulse, K. and Yates, J. (2011) Australia's private rental market: the supply of, and demand for, affordable dwellings, Final Report No 168, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
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Maryann Wulff, Margaret Reynolds and Kath Hulse (Dharmalingam Arunachalam Monash University and Judith Yates University of Sydney)
Independent Living Units National Database, funded by FaHCSIA, 2010-2011
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Sean McNelis and Andrea Sharam
Public housing and employment: challenges and strategies, 2008-10
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Kath Hulse and Lise Saugeres
Good practices for managing Australia's public housing assets, AHURI, 2008-2010
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Russell Kenley, Maxwell Chiazor, John Hall, Christopher Heywood (Faculty of Business and Enterprise) and Sean McNelis
Preparing for and responding to natural disasters and environmental emergencies: a guide for state housing authorities, AHURI, 2008-09
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Peter Newton (part of a research team led by Keith Jacobs University of Tasmania)
Housing Insecurity, AHURI, 2007-2009
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Kath Hulse and Lise Saugeres
Sub-markets in public sector housing, AHURI, 2006-09
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Terry Burke and Maryann Wulff
Older Persons in Public Housing, AHURI, 2006-2008
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Sean McNelis and Caroline Neske (with Andrew Jones and Rhonda Phillips from University of Queensland
Motivations of investors in the private rental market, AHURI, 2005-2009
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Terry Burke and Sean McNelis as part of team led by Tim Seelig, University of Queensland
Out of the Institution, ARC Linkage Project 2005-08
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Meg Carter, Terry Burke, Sue Moore
Improving access to social housing: common housing registers and other potential reforms, AHURI, 2005-2007
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Kath Hulse and Terry Burke
Housing, housing assistance and social cohesion in Australia, AHURI, 2005-2007
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Kath Hulse and Wendy Stone
Housing assistance and economic participation, AHURI multi-year collaborative research program, AHURI, 2004-09
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Kath Hulse and Lise Saugeres (part of research team led by Gavin Wood RMIT University
National Research Venture 1, Housing affordability for lower-income Australians, AHURI multi-year collaborative research program, 2004-2008
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Terry Burke as part of team lead by Judith Yates, University of Sydney
Affordable Housing for Young People Employed in the City of Melbourne, 2005
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Sean McNelis, Alexis Esposto, Caroline Neske
Shire of Yarra Ranges Housing Strategy Issues Paper, 2005
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Sean McNelis, Beverley Kliger, Max Nankervis, Terry Burke, Liss Ralston, Caroline Neske
Bass Coast: Affordable Housing Strategy, funded by Bass Coast Shire Council, 2004-2005
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Sean McNelis, Beverley Kliger, Terry Burke, Liss Ralston and Caroline Neske
Geelong Housing Strategy, funded by Greater Geelong City Council, 2004

David Hayward, Beverley Kliger and Max Nankervis
'Bleak House: The Implications of the Contest Between Private Utilities and Landlords for the Non-discretionary Income of Vulnerable Households', funded by Consumers Utility Advocacy Centre, 2004. The Swinburne Institute for Social Research Working Paper No. 9 October
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Andrea Sharam and Barry Duggan
Long-term housing futures for Australia - using 'foresight' to explore alternative visions and choices, AHURI 50225, 2003-06
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Terry Burke
Rental systems in Australia and overseas, AHURI, 2003-2006
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Sean McNelis and Terry Burke
Entering rental housing, AHURI, 2003-2005
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Terry Burke
Kensington Estate Redevelopment, Social Impact Study, Victorian Department of Human Services, 2003-04
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Kath Hulse, Karyn Down and Tania Herbert
The changing role of allocations systems in social housing, AHURI, 2002-2005
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Terry Burke and Kath Hulse
Housing costs, housing assistance and work disincentives: attitudes to work and employment decisions, AHURI, 2002-2005
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Kath Hulse as part of team led by Bill Randolph, UNSW
Public-private partnerships as a solution to housing affordability problems, ARC APAI, LP0232196
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Ron Aspin PhD thesis (Terry Burke and David Hayward)
Managing medium density development: A municipal case study, ARC APAI, LP0232200
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Tom Alves PhD thesis (with Terry Burke and David Hayward)
Independent Livings Units (ILUs) provided by not-for-profit organisations, AHURI, 2002-2003
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Sean McNelis and Tania Herbert
Analysis of expenditure patterns and levels of household indebtedness of public and private rental households, 1975 to 1999, AHURI, 2001-2004
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Terry Burke
Demand subsidies for private renters: A comparative review, AHURI, 2001-03
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Kath Hulse
Lone parents, social wellbeing and housing assistance, AHURI, 2000-2002
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Terry Burke and Kath Hulse
A private retail investment vehicle for the community housing sector, AHURI, 2000-2002
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Sean McNelis, David Hayward and Hal Bisset
Rent Assistance and young people's decision making, AHURI, 2000-2002
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Terry Burke

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Homelessness, poverty and disadvantage

Project, funding source, date commenced Swinburne researcher(s)
The impact of financial counselling on debt resolution and personal wellbeing - Funded by The Salvation Army/Westpac

Acknowledging that social factors and well-being are highly interconnected with financial capability, the research examines the value of financial counselling to clients and seeks to understand the importance of financial counselling in the context of providing a holistic approach to service provision and support to disadvantaged Australians. The research is informed by survey responses from 225 financial counselling clients from across Australia and reports on the client's own evaluation of the impact of financial counselling and their circumstances, influential structural factors, behaviours and well being (both psychological and physical)
Outcomes:
  • Brackertz, N (forthcoming) The impact of financial counselling on alleviating financial stress in low income households: A national Australian empirical study, Social Policy and Society.
  • Brackertz, N (2012) I Wish I'd Known Sooner: The Impact of Financial Counselling on Debt Resolution and Personal Wellbeing, Swinburne University and The Salvation Army, Melbourne.
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Nicola Brackertz
Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence: innovations in policy and practice. AHURI, 2010
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Angela Spinney, Kath Hulse (with Sarah Blandy University of Leeds)
Early Intervention Strategies to Reduce the Need for Women and Children to Make Repeated Use of Refuge and Other Crisis Accommodation. National Homelessness Research Partnership Agreement, Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2010
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Angela Spinney
Workforce Training for the Homelessness Sector. National Homelessness Research Partnership Agreement, Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2013
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Angela Spinney
Families on the Edge, Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, 2008, LP0883848
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Kath Hulse, David Mackenzie, Angela Spinney and Andrea Sharam
Report of the National Youth Commission R
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David Mackenzie
Counting the Homeless 2006, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006-2008
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David Mackenzie (with Chris Chamberlain RMIT University)
Counting the Homeless 2001, Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2001-2003
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Other lines of enquiry

Women and housing affordability survey, 2011, funded by Salvation Army
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Andrea Sharam
Exploring the experience of security in the Australian Vietnamese community, Australian Research Council Linkage project, 2008
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Michael Gilding, Helen McKernan and James Scambary (with Nita Cherry Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Denise Meredyth and Trang Thomas RMIT University and Leanne Weber UNSW)
Census operations: non response to Census, Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, 2008
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Scott Ewing (with CI Andrew Flitman)

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