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Join Curtin researchers to discover their latest housing research and explore the challenges of delivering safe, healthy, affordable and sustainable homes for Western Australians. This dynamic session includes presentations on research spanning many housing-related issues such as sustainability, housing supply, affordable housing. There will also be an opportunity to engage with the researchers and help shape the future of housing research in WA.
Associate Professor Amity James
Associate Professor Amity James leads the Property discipline area of Curtin’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. She is also the deputy director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute – Curtin Research Centre.
Amity has a national reputation for excellence in housing research, particularly in the areas of housing affordability and homelessness, residential mobility, aging and housing and housing policy. She has extensive experience in qualitative research methods and draws on the lived experience to inform policy relevant outcomes.
In 2020, Amity won Shelter WA’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Research Award and received a Highly Commended award in the Industry Project of the Year category.
Professor Josh Byrne
Professor Josh Byrne is the Dean of Sustainable Futures at Curtin University. Josh has extensive experience in the urban design and development sector. His research expertise spans water sensitive design, energy efficient housing and sustainable urban development.
Josh is well known as the WA presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program where over the past 20 years he has demonstrated how gardening can improve urban livability to a national audience. He is also a member of the Waste Authority of Western Australia and the state government’s Design Review Panel.
Ms Emma Colombera
Ms Emma Colombera is Executive Director for the Office of Homelessness at the Western Australian Department of Communities. Emma and her team lead ‘All Paths Lead to a Home’, a ten-year whole-of-community strategy to improve outcomes for vulnerable Western Australians experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Dedicated to developing evidence-based policies and initiatives, and community sector development, Emma is also committed to implementing Housing First approaches that provide sustainable solutions to address complex social issues.
Dr Gemma Crawford
Dr Gemma Crawford has more than 20 years’ experience in the practice, advocacy, leadership, policy, teaching and research of health promotion and public health.
Her research has included the topics of population mobility, housing and community participation, and she is currently a lead researcher on a migration, health and housing research project titled Journey to Home.
Professor Steven Rowley
Professor Steven Rowley is a Professor of Property in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. He has been Director of the Australian Housing Urban Research Institute’s (AHURI) Curtin Research Centre since 2011 and is a member of the WA Housing Industry Forecasting Group.
Steven’s primary research focus is housing affordability and supply, an area in which he has contributed more than 90 research publications, including reports on behalf of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.
Mr Ammar Shemery
Amma Shemery is the Chief Operating Officer of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, hosted by Curtin. Ammar has more than 20 years’ international senior management experience across the construction, assets, facilities, engineering and education sectors; and strong business transformation and stakeholder management experience across government, industry and with research stakeholders.
The centre’s activities include national industry-research collaborations in social and affordable housing, decarbonisation of the built environment, waste management and the circular economy, digital engineering and asset information management, urban planning and transport infrastructure and sustainable procurement.
Activation space: Meet the researchers
The following researchers will be joining our speakers to showcase their housing research as part of an interactive networking space.
Dr Adam Crowe is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) – Curtin Research Centre. Adam’s PhD thesis explored the socio-spatial and psychosocial effects of shifting housing and neighbourhood dynamics for lower income households. Building on that research, Adam’s postdoctoral research examines innovative ways to improve tenure security within the private rental sector, with a focus on tenant experiences and outcomes, policy innovation and build-to-rent as an emerging asset class to increase rental supply.
Professor Michael Dockery is a Principal Research Fellow at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. His research focuses on improving the labour market, education and wellbeing outcomes for marginalised groups within society. He has published more than 60 papers in national and international journals, including seminal works on the positive effects of cultural engagement and identity for Indigenous Australians. His other areas of focus include the economics of education, subjective wellbeing and ‘happiness’, and links between housing, health and socio-economic outcomes.
Justin Owen is an architect and academic with research interests in social housing, accessibility in the built environment and the role of speculative fictions in the production of architecture. At Curtin, Justin is a lecturer in the School of Design and the Build Environment and course coordinator for the Bachelor of Architecture. He also serves as a Councillor of the History Council of Western Australia and is on two Australian Institute of Architecture taskforces: Housing and Sustainability.
Justin trained at Oxford Brookes University, the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at the University College London (UCL) and the Welsh School of Architecture. In practice he has led large-scale housing-focused urban regeneration projects in Europe as well as speculative architectural projects. In Australia, he has worked as an architect and as a strategic project manager for the WA Department of Communities.
Dr Francesca Perugia is an early career housing researcher with extensive knowledge of the housing sector in Australia and internationally. In her academic work, Francesca utilises her knowledge and leadership skills gained through research and advocacy in the non-profit sectors at a European level, together with her knowledge of the construction industry and understanding of institutional and governmental processes relative to policy development and delivery of affordable housing.
Dr Christopher Phelps is a postdoctoral research fellow at Curtin’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. Christopher is experienced in economic modelling of the datasets common to the Australian housing literature, including the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. He has published research on housing policy issues relevant to Australia, including access to home ownership, housing supply and intergenerational wealth inequality. In 2021 he was awarded the Peter Barrington Gold Medal Award for research excellence in the study of land economy.
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