The Housing and Homelessness Research Program (HHRP) has a national and international reputation for innovative, policy-relevant research.
Drawing on different disciplinary perspectives including sociology, economics, social work, and political economy, our researchers apply a range of methodologies – from in-depth qualitative work to modelling longitudinal datasets – to generate evidence to inform policy and practice reform.
Many of our researchers are former practitioners and draw on their substantial knowledge of policy and service delivery environments to deliver high quality research that is relevant, grounded and accessible.
An important part of the Urban Housing and Homelessness Research Program is the Unison Housing Research Lab, a five year partnership between RMIT University and Unison Housing. The partnership takes a unique industry-led approach to address the ongoing issue of housing and homelessness. The program is the largest of its kind in Australia and houses a team of six dedicated research staff who pursue a program of applied research tailored to support the needs of Unison Housing.
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Chamberlain, C., & Johnson, G. (2017). ‘Counting rough sleepers’, in Parity, 30 (3).
Cigdem, M.,Ong, R.,Wood, G. (2017). A new look at the channels from housing to employment decisions In: AHURI Final Report, 275, 1 – 68
Hurley, J.,Wood, G.,Groenhart, L. (2017). Long run urban analysis using property records: A methodological case study of land use change In: Urban Studies, , 1 – 16
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Murray, S., Bullen, J., Watson, J. & Theobald, J. (2017) Profiling Women and Children Experiencing Family Violence who Require a Crisis Supported Response. Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Government.
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Johnson, G.,Grigg, S.,Tseng, Y. (2016). Using a randomised controlled to evaluate an innovative homelessness intervention: the J2SI pilot In: Creating and Implementing Public Policy, Routledge, United Kingdom
Johnson, Gb,Cook, K.,Sesa, S. (2016). Engaging young people: Using the pathways young people take in and out of homelessness as the foundation for a person centred service culture In: Melbourne City Mission Melbourne, Australia
Rowe, J.,Harris, L. (2016). ‘Get up, stand up!’ – giving people the means to respond to opioid overdose In: The Salvation Army Melbourne Australia
Cobb-Clark, D.,Herault, N.,Scutella, R.,Tseng, Y. (2016). A journey home: What drives how long people are homeless? In: Journal of Urban Economics, 91, 57 – 72
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Johnson, G., Cook, K. & Sesa, S. (2016) Dealing with diversity: Understanding young people’s entry into and experiences of the homelessness system. Melbourne City Mission, Melbourne.
Watson, J. (2016), Gender-based Violence and Young Homeless Women: Femininity, Embodiment and Vicarious Physical Capital, The Sociological Review, 64: 256–273. DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12365
Wood, G.,Ong, R.,Cigdem, M. (2016). Housing tax reform: Is there a way forward? In: Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 35, 332 – 346
Wood, G.,Sommervoll, D.,De Silva, A. (2016). Do urban house prices converge? In: Urban Policy and Research , 34, 102 – 115