Our research engages with current policy debates around housing in Australia, bringing a robust, non-partisan research focus to these issues. 

Our research brings together the methods and approaches of geography, spatial science, econometrics, architecture, building science, social epidemiology, and planning to address urban problems through collaboration with professional practitioners and policy makers. Much of our work aims to contribute evidence which may be implemented by governments at local, state, and national levels.

In addition to commissioned research and analysis, the Centre’s research activities are supported by competitive funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical Research Foundation (NHMRC), the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Our core research themes include:

  • Healthy housing
  • Data and next generation methods
  • Housing quality and conditions
  • Spatial and social analysis



Our core researchers are supported by connections to researchers, centres, and institutes across Australia and the world. Through these national and international connections, we sit at the centre of a global network delivering cutting edge, relevant research and data to governments, stakeholders, and researchers.


Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

AHURI is a national independent research network whose mission is to develop high-quality, policy-relevant research for better housing and urban outcomes. Through AHURI’s national network of university research partners, the Institute undertakes research leading to the advancement of knowledge on key policy and practice issues in the areas of housing, homelessness, cities, and related urban research.

Australian Institute of Machine Learning

The Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) conducts globally competitive research and development in machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and deep learning. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, AIML is Australia’s first institute dedicated to research in machine learning.

Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC)

CHEC aims to accelerate evidence-based solutions that advance Canada’s National Housing Strategy to ensure every Canadian has “housing that meets their needs and that they can afford”. The collaborative brings together a network of more than 30 academics from across Canada and beyond who are engaged in independent, in-depth research exploring the connections between income, housing and health.

Healthy Housing Centre for Research Excellence

The Healthy Housing Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) is a 5-year project funded by the NHMRC from 2020-2025. It involves over 20 researchers from across Australia and the world. Across the disciplinary boundaries, this innovative Centre of Research Excellence brings together the leaders capable of answering questions around health issues and housing interventions in Australia.

The Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Studies

The Hugo Centre is a research hub dedicated to addressing the global challenge of population change. Based at the University of Adelaide, the Hugo Centre comprises a core team of professional researchers in collaboration with a wider network of research associates, conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research on population, migration, and demography issues.

The Stretton Institute

The Stretton Institute shapes policy debate by bringing together researchers and experts from across the University of Adelaide to address key policy issues of relevance to government. The Institute has a strong social justice focus and drives a multi-disciplinary and multi-method research approach that stimulates ideas and innovation and evaluates programs and policies.