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Julia Verdouw

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Julia Verdouw

Research Fellow
School of Social Sciences

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Julia Verdouw is a research fellow in the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) in the School of Social Sciences.  She brings a sociological lens to her work in housing research, which has focused on access to housing for marginalised groups including remote Indigenous tenants, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and social housing tenants. She has a strong qualitative research focus, and her recent work includes social network analysis. These methods have been applied to a range of research applications including service evaluation, consultation with local government, AHURI research projects and local community research work. Her current work investigates pathways for tax reform toward increasing affordable housing access nationally.

Biography

Julia Verdouw is a researcher with strong qualitative research experience.  Her doctoral thesis, a qualitative study into the role of money in a good life, was concerned with issues of subjective well-being and how economic experiences shape everyday meanings.  These qualitative interests have continued to motivate and inform her teaching and research work at the University of Tasmania.  She has taught undergraduate and post-graduate qualitative research methods courses, including the design and development of ‘Volunteering Sociology’, an undergraduate, work-experience based unit focusing on social health outcomes. Her recent research work with HACRU has included multiple research projects in the health-services related field of housing. In particular, Julia has focused on improved policy and service outcomes for Australians in marginalised or insecure housing tenures, including remote Indigenous Australians and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; improving housing affordability for low-income and at-risk Australians and reducing place-based stigma for marginalised and geographically isolated suburbs.

Julia’s areas of expertise and skills include:

  • Pathways to housing-related tax reform
  • Access to housing (including homelessness and Indigenous tenancies)
  • Community engagement (including asset mapping)
  • State Affordable Housing Strategy consultation (Tasmania)
  • Qualitative research methods (design, interviewing, analysis, teaching)
  • Social Network analysis (project design, survey design, analysis)
  • Complex ethics applications (e.g. based on ethnicity and vulnerability)
  • Project management
  • Service evaluation

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis title UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD For the Love of Money: Moral Orientations Towards Money in the Good Life University of Tasmania Australia 09/08/2008
BArts (1st Class Hons) Secularisation, Self-Identity and Contemporary Spirituality University of Tasmania Australia 19/12/2001

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU), University of Tasmania
  • Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC), University of Tasmania

Administrative expertise

Julia has strong expertise in project management across a number of large AHURI projects. She has also managed a series of smaller projects, including community engagement work and service evaluation work.

Project Manager, AHURI Inquiry Project 41110/2016-2017 (Total Budget $256,500)

Project Manager, AHURI Supporting Inquiry Project 41113/2016-2017 (Total Budget $83,000)

Associate Supervisor, PhD Candidate 2016-2017.

Teaching

Housing policy, Housing research, health and wellbeing, volunteering, downshifting, qualitative research, social network analysis

Teaching expertise

Qualitative Research Methods, Qualitative Design (Honours), Sociology of Volunteering, Housing Research

Research Invitations

Invited contributor to State of Volunteering Report and Symposium, Volunteering Tasmania: ‘Generations X and Y: Volunteering Challenges for the Options Generation’. This paper was edited and included by Volunteer Tasmania in a double-paged lift-out in The Mercury titled ‘Summary report: What does Tasmania's Ageing Population mean for Volunteerism?’, December 5th, 2012.

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Expertise

Julia’s research has focused in a number of key areas:

  1. Housing Disadvantage: homelessness in Australia (particularly Housing First model), remote indigenous tenancies, stigmatised communities.
  2. Building sustainable Communities: reducing Stigma, addressing structural disadvantage, social network analysis and understanding/building social capital and participation.
  3. Housing Policy Outcomes: Housing safety, affordability, accessibility and supply; tax reform toward equitable, sustainable and efficient taxes that increase housing affordability.

Research Themes

Julia’s research is related to the University’s research theme areas of Creativity, Culture and Society, and Better Health.  It is well understood that secure, affordable and appropriate housing is foundational to better health and wellbeing outcomes for people in Australia and elsewhere. Julia’s research interests focus on how normative housing market patterns in Australian society – alongside a range of other social factors - shape experiences and outcomes for people in marginalised housing environments.  Her research is aimed at underscoring the structural, social and cultural influences leading to marginalisation, as well as outlining policy, service provider and community options for addressing these to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the area under study.

Collaboration

Julia has worked collaboratively with other researchers on a number of projects, including:

  • 2015/16: Building Sustainable Communities research in colleague with University of Sydney
  • 2016-2017: Pathways to Housing Tax Reform, AHURI Inquiry with colleagues from the University of NSW, University of Sydney, and Curtin University Business Centre.

Current projects

Julia is currently working on research exploring sustainable pathways to housing tax reform through key tax portfolios, including property taxes, personal income tax and retirement and superannuation taxes.

Fields of Research

  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Family and Household Studies (160301)

Research Objectives

  • Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services (940107)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Distribution of Income and Wealth (940108)

Publications

Total publications

25

Highlighted publications

(6 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleVerdouw J, Habibis D, 'Housing First programs in congregate-site facilities: can one size fit all?', Housing Studies pp. 1-22. ISSN 0267-3037 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1346192 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Habibis D

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2016Other Public OutputFlanagan K, Verdouw J, Habibis D, 'Social network analysis in the suburban context: intersections of stigma, social capital and community engagement', Report to the Henry Halloran Trust, Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Flanagan K; Habibis D

2016Journal ArticleVerdouw JJ, 'The subject who thinks economically? Comparative money subjectivities in neoliberal context', Journal of Sociology, 53, (3) pp. 523-540. ISSN 1440-7833 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1440783316662717 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Journal ArticleHabibis D, Phillips R, Phibbs P, Verdouw J, 'Identifying effective arrangements for tenancy management service delivery to remote Indigenous communities', AHURI Positioning Paper, 165 pp. 1-51. ISSN 1834-9250 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Habibis D

2014Journal ArticleHabibis D, Phillips P, Phibbs P, Verdouw J, 'Progressing tenancy management reform on remote Indigenous communities', AHURI Final Report, 223 pp. 1-103. ISSN 1834-7223 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Habibis D

2001Other Public OutputVerdouw J, 'Awarded University Medal', University of Tasmania, Academic Senate Commitee, Tasmania (2001) [Award]

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Journal Article

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Verdouw J, Habibis D, 'Housing First programs in congregate-site facilities: can one size fit all?', Housing Studies pp. 1-22. ISSN 0267-3037 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1346192 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Habibis D

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2016Eccleston R, Flanagan K, Verdouw J, Duncan A, Ong R, et al., 'Discussion Paper: Pathways to housing tax reform', AHURI Final Report pp. 1-40. ISSN 1834-7223 (2016) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Flanagan K

2016Verdouw J, 'The invisible houses: re-thinking and designing low-cost housing in developing countries', Housing Studies, 31, (6) pp. 752-753. ISSN 0267-3037 (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1195100 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Verdouw JJ, 'The subject who thinks economically? Comparative money subjectivities in neoliberal context', Journal of Sociology, 53, (3) pp. 523-540. ISSN 1440-7833 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1440783316662717 [eCite] [Details]

Tweet

2015Habibis D, Phillips R, Phibbs P, Verdouw J, 'Identifying effective arrangements for tenancy management service delivery to remote Indigenous communities', AHURI Positioning Paper, 165 pp. 1-51. ISSN 1834-9250 (2015) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Habibis D

2014Habibis D, Phillips P, Phibbs P, Verdouw J, 'Progressing tenancy management reform on remote Indigenous communities', AHURI Final Report, 223 pp. 1-103. ISSN 1834-7223 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Habibis D

2014Verdouw J, Gabriel M, Habibis D, 'Expectation Gaps: How well are the goals of the NPAH working for tenants of supported accommodation facilities?', Parity pp. 53-51. ISSN 1032-6170 (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gabriel M; Habibis D

2005Gregory S, Verdouw J, 'Therapeutic Touch: Its application for residents in aged care', Australian Nursing Journal, 12, (7) pp. 23-25. (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gregory S

Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Verdouw J, 'Housing First in Tasmania: An evaluation of Single-Site Settings', National Housing Conference, 28-30 October, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Verdouw J, 'Downshifting', The Australian Sociological Association National Conference, 26th - 29th November 2012, Queensland (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Verdouw J, 'Balancing Generations: Challenges for the Volunteers of the Options Generation', Volunteer Tasmania Symposium, October, Tasmania (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Verdouw J, 'For the L/ove of Money', Forge 'Dangerous Stories' National Conference, July, Victoria (2007) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Verdouw J, 'Money in the Middle', The Australian Sociological Association National Conference, 5th - 8th December, Hobart (2005) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Eccleston RG, Flanagan K, Verdouw J, Duncan A, Ong R, et al., 'Pathways to housing tax reform', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australia (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Eccleston RG; Flanagan K

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Verdouw J, 'For the Love of Money: Moral Orientations Towards Money in the Good Life' (2008) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Flanagan K, Verdouw J, Habibis D, 'Social network analysis in the suburban context: intersections of stigma, social capital and community engagement', Report to the Henry Halloran Trust, Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Flanagan K; Habibis D

2015Verdouw J, Flanagan K, Gorter T, Habibis D, 'Affordable Housing Strategy Tasmania 2015-2025: Statement of Key Issues and Solutions', Statement of Key Issues and Solutions, Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, Feb (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Flanagan K; Gorter T; Habibis D

2015Verdouw J, Flanagan KM, Gorter T, Habibis D, 'Affordable housing strategy, Tasmania 2015-2025', Statement of Key Issues and Solutions Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Flanagan KM; Habibis D

2014Verdouw J, 'Generations X and Y: Volunteering Challenges for the Options Generation', State Volunteering Report - Summary report: What does Tasmania's Ageing Population mean for Volunteerism, The Mercury, Tasmania, Dec 5 (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2014Verdouw J, Gabriel M, Habibis D, 'Expectation Gaps: How well are the goals of the NPAH working for tenants of Supported Accomodation Facilities?', Parity, Council to Homeless Persons, Australia, May (2014) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Gabriel M; Habibis D

2014Verdouw J, Stafford J, Habibis D, 'Evaluation of New Homelessness Support Services in Tasmania, Report Five: Evaluation of Support Accomodation Facilities', Common Ground Tasmania, Department of Health and Human Services, Housing and Community Research Unit (HARCU), Tasmania (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Habibis D

2014Verdouw J, Stafford J, Habibis D, 'Evaluation of New Homelessness Support Services in Tasmania', Report Five: Evaluation of Supported Accommodation Facilities - Common Ground Tasmania, Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania, Australia (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Stafford J; Habibis D

2013Habibis D, Phillips R, Verdouw J, 'Background paper for Investigative Panel meeting on new emerging models of tenancy mangement in remote Indigenous communities', Research paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australia (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Habibis D; Phillips R

2012Verdouw J, 'Generations X and Y: Volunteering Challenges for the Options Generation', Volunteering Tasmania: State of Volunteering Report and Symposium, Volunteering Tasmania, Tasmania (2012) [Internal Newsletter]

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2001Verdouw J, 'Awarded University Medal', University of Tasmania, Academic Senate Commitee, Tasmania (2001) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Julia has received funding for her research from The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the Henry Halloran Trust Foundation (University of Sydney) and the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$334,571

Projects

Centacare Evolve Housing Social Return on Investment (SROI) Project (2016 - 2017)$50,000
Description
Centacare Evolve Housing requires the University of Tasmania to develop suitable social return on investment framework to calculate the social impact of transferring management of public housing stock to a community sector organisation.
Funding
CatholicCare Tasmania ($50,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Eccleston RG; Habibis D; Flanagan KM; Verdouw JJ; Doherty T
Period
2016 - 2017
Inquiry into pathways to housing tax reform (2016 - 2017)$256,676
Description
This EPJ develops, models and integrates innovative policy pathways for housing tax reform. Reform proposals are mindful of the prevailing barriers to reform as well as the need to develop implementation and transition strategies which are fiscallysustainable and politically viable while reducing distortions in national housing markets.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($256,676)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Eccleston RG; Atalay K; Duncan A; Flanagan KM; Hodgson H; Jacobs KA; Minas JW; Ong R; Verdouw JJ; Warren N; Whelan S; Yanotti MB; Yates J
Period
2016 - 2017
Community engagement for the 'Hard to reach': Trialling participatory social network mapping in Tasmania (2015 - 2016)$27,895
Description
The issue of how to build community engagement and promote pathways to economic and social inclu sion for the most excluded social groups is one of the most vexed areas of social policy. This project addresses this concern through an innovative approach designed to avoid 'benevolent othering' in areas where placebased stigma creates division and social exclusion that extend to within the neighbourhood itself. The project combines volunteering with participatory community-based action research to develop a system map that extends asset-based community development approaches by identifying how networks .operate as enablers and constraintsthrough relationships of power, trust, conflict and collaboration.
Funding
Henry Halloran Trust ($27,895)
Scheme
Grant-HHT Strategic Partnership
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Habibis D; Flanagan KM; Verdouw JJ; Goodwin S
Period
2015 - 2016

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDHousing in the private rental sector: a site for investment or a place to live? Investigating the interplay between landlords, tenants, and the structures that inform the experience of secure occupancy2016