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Housing and Community Research Unit grant success

Social scientists from the University of Tasmania's Institute for the Study of Social Change’s Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) have had a number of grant successes this year.

The most recent is the award of three National Housing Program (NHP) grants to investigate housing and homelessness issues in Australia. Dr Michelle Gabriel and Brendan Churchill will identify the housing circumstances of disability support pension recipients and identify the factors that facilitate and constrain their access to housing security. Their work will provide a baseline for tracking changes in the housing circumstances of individuals who receive the income support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dr Gabriel has won a second grant (with Prof Pawson, UNSW), to analyse and learn from recent experience of larger scale public housing transfers to the community housing sector. 

The third grant has been won by Associate Professor Daphne Habibis (with Dr Angela Spinney, Swinburne University of Technology). Her work will investigate the impact of mixed funding sources on homelessness support for Indigenous Australians. 

Earlier in the year Associate Professor Habibis was awarded a University of Sydney Henry Halloran Trust grant to investigate an innovative strategy for improving community engagement with individuals and families living in some of Hobart’s more disadvantaged communities. 

These successes follow the achievement of ARC Future Fellow Professor Keith Jacobs, who won two grants in an earlier NHP round. Both of Associate Professor Habibis’s grants will investigate aspects of current trends towards the privatisation of welfare provision. 

Published on: 19 Dec 2014 1:04pm