National award for excellence in housing research
Associate Professor Daphne Habibis, Director of the University’s Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU), has received one of the most prestigious awards in housing and urban studies in Australia at a ceremony in Melbourne.
The Mike Berry award excellence in housing research is awarded annually by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) for excellence in scholarship which also achieves policy impact and enhances housing outcomes in the wider community.
Associate Professor Habibis' sociological research has focused on tenancy security and sustainment and Aboriginal housing. Her most recent work has been an investigation into the impact and effectiveness of changes to the way housing is managed on remote Indigenous communities. She is the lead investigator on a number of ARC and AHURI funded research projects including an ARC funded partnership with the Larrakia National Aboriginal Corporation and the University of Sydney on contemporary race relations in Australia.
The overarching motivation for Associate Professor Habibis research is to have impact on policy that affects the lives of vulnerable Australians.
"One of the attractive things about housing research is the way it combines scholarly and policy relevant research that has genuine potential to impact on the field," she said.
"The complexity of the issues in Aboriginal housing make this especially true so it’s a privilege to be working in this space."
Professor Richard Eccleston said colleagues were delighted with news of the prestigious and well-deserved award.
“Beyond being a distinguished scholar Associate Professor Habibis is a respected and effective research leader," he said.
"Under her guidance HACRU has become the jewel in the crown of social research at the University of Tasmania.”
Since 2013 HACRU has secured $6.3 million in external funding and hosts two ARC Future Fellows.
HACRU and the Institute for the Study of Social Change are currently negotiating a long term research partnership with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services as part of the UTAS – Tasmanian Government partnership agreement.