Australian Centre for Housing Research

Welcome to the Australian Centre for Housing Research at the University of Adelaide.

The Australian housing system is an $8 trillion asset of more than 10 million owned, rented, and government assisted dwellings. It is used by governments as an economic engine, a welfare tool, and a conduit to deliver health and social interventions. For ordinary Australians, it represents our major lifetime investment, most significant day-to-day expenditure, the place we spend 70 per cent of our time. Our housing system is also set to grow substantially over the next 30 years as Australia’s economy and population expands.

The Australian Centre for Housing Research (ACHR) is a collaboration of researchers, policy stakeholders, industry, and advocacy. Based at the University of Adelaide, the Centre aims to:

  • Provide a focus for national and international collaboration around housing issues
  • Deliver high-quality, innovative and relevant research on housing
  • Inform social policy, practice, public debate, and decision making across the housing sector


Latest news



Welcoming Our Newest Member: Dr. Rowan Arundel, Adjunct Senior Fellow

Dr. Rowan Arundel joins us in 2024 as an Adjunct Senior Fellow within the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Dr. Rowan Arundel is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, based in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development. His research focusses on dynamics of housing inequalities and interactions between housing, labour and welfare regime, as well as a broader interest in spatial analysis and macro and micro quantitative methods. He has published widely on both the Netherlands and on comparative housing research across European contexts. He is the recipient of an ongoing Veni fellowship for his project ‘WEALTHSCAPES: the spatial inequality of housing wealth accumulation’ looking at the role of both housing market spatial polarization and divided housing access in driving wealth inequalities.



Hugh Stretton Oration 2024

Danielle Wood, Chair of the Productivity Commission explores the topic of Inequality in Australia and discusses "what role does government policy play?". Danielle presented her insights into economic inequality, how it has changed over time and explored the factors that contribute to how different groups are faring and whether governments can and should do more. This was followed by an in-depth conversation with Professor Emma Baker: Professor of Housing and Research, University of Adelaide and Professor Fran Baum: Director Stretton Health Equity, University of Adelaide. 



'What works' to sustain Indigenous tenancies - Report Publication

Congratulations to centre researchers Megan Moskos, Linda Isherwood, and Emma Baker for the publication of their AHURI Final Report 'What works' to sustain Indigenous tenancies in Australia, written in collaboration with Professor Michael Dockery and Dr Ngoc Thien Anh Pham.


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