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Kathleen Flanagan

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Kathleen Flanagan

DECRA Research Fellow

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kathleen.flanagan@utas.edu.au

Dr Kathleen Flanagan is interested unpacking the impact of these labels on individuals and families to see how social policy might be more effective with this filter removed. She has received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award of $395,495 from the Australian Research Council to research “Problem families in the 21st century: policy, practice, outcomes”.

It’s about people, not problems

For a very long time institutions in Western society have categorised certain families with words that are heavy with stigma, labelling them as “problem families” or “paupers”, describing them as experiencing “intergenerational disadvantage” and having “complex needs”.

“What does it mean to conceptualise a whole family as a problem? What does this mean for how we act in relation to them in practice and in policy?” Dr Flanagan said.

“Once people are labelled in our system there’s a lot of data collected on them and people become their file. Everything you have ever done is documented and so that becomes who you are. I think that definitely has consequences for people, the way they think about themselves and the way others treat them.”

She pointed out that many families in this situation are in touch with multiple Government services and become defined by this interaction. “That bit of you that interacts with Centrelink or child protection or police, that’s only a tiny bit of you, there’s a whole other part of you that just doesn’t get seen.”

Dr Flanagan became interested in the subject while researching her PhD on the history of public housing in Tasmania. She found interesting material on dealing with problem tenants, and from there she “followed a rabbit hole” into genetics, 19th Century ideas about “paupers” and the notion of “poverty as a disease”. “It was a web of ways of thinking about people that it has become entrenched in a lot of social policy and social work practice. It’s a way of thinking that is normalised and assumed, and I would like to problematise and unpack that.”

An island population with multiple common connections is an ideal place to work with Government and agencies to better understand these issues. “We can be a real example of how to do things differently. I am also collecting data interstate and in other jurisdictions but nonetheless this is research that suits this environment.”

Dr Flanagan’s research will include case studies looking at different aspects of policy in practice. She will work with policy makers, social workers, child protection workers and other practitioners.

“I think practitioners are really hungry to think about their work in different ways, but the day-to-day pressures of the job often don’t leave a lot of room for that. I’m looking forward to conversations with a broad audience, not to come to a solution but to chew over the ideas and open up different ways of thinking.

“Change does not come from academics saying ‘this is how you are going to do it’, but from practitioners, policymakers, social workers, child protection workers, starting to think about things differently. That’s how I conceptualise social change, not in a radical way, but by prompting people to adjust to the idea that the way we are doing things isn’t OK, and to think about how we could do it differently.”

Dr Kathleen Flanagan’s research is concerned with questioning the ‘taken-for-granted’ of contemporary welfare policy and includes detailed analysis of policy history and discourse. She is interested in the ways in which different groups of people are thought about and acted upon by policy makers and in the different ways of thinking and acting that might be possible.

Biography

Prior to joining the University of Tasmania, Kathleen worked in the Tasmanian community sector, particularly with Anglicare’s highly regarded Social Action and Research Centre. This work involved research and policy development in relation to housing policy and access to essential services for low-income earners, and advocacy work, including regular contributions through the media.

She was appointed by the Premier of Tasmania to the Cost of Living Expert Advisory Panel in 2010, which provided expert input into the development of the Tasmanian Cost of Living Strategy 2011, and is a past Chair of Volunteering Tasmania.

Her current research is looking at the policy construct of the ‘problem family’, and how this construct is both shaped by and informs contemporary welfare policy.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
BA (Hons) The historiography of Lithuanian nationalism University of Tasmania Australia 2001
PhD Ordinary things: an archaeology of public housing University of Tasmania Australia 2015

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member of the Australian Sociological Association

Administrative expertise

Kathleen is the lead investigator on projects funded through the Australian Housing Research Institute and is experienced in project management, including academic project management. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) with particular responsibility for HACRU’s profile and event organisation. In the non-academic world she has acted in senior management roles.

Teaching

Social housing, social policy and problems, housing and urban studies, Foucault and discourse analysis, policy history, historical methods

Teaching expertise

Kathleen is the unit coordinator for HGA 223, Social Problems and Social Policy.

Research Invitations

  • 2019  Housing Ends Homelessness: Anglicare North Queensland Homelessness Week Breakfast, 5 August, Cairns
  • 2019  A Conceptual Analysis of Social Housing as Infrastructure: CEDA Trustees Boardroom Briefing, 12 June, Melbourne
  • 2019  Our Housing Challenge: Local Communities, Local Solutions: a Byron Perspective: Byron Council public forum, 10 May, Byron Bay
  • 2019  What Will Housing Look Like in Australasia in the Year 2040?: Early Career Researchers’ Panel, Australian Housing Researchers’ Conference, 6-8 February, Adelaide
  • 2017  The Future of Affordable Housing—and Affordable Housing Research: Early Career Researchers’ Panel, Australian Housing Researchers’ Conference, 15-17 February, Melbourne
  • 2015  Humanities in the House: Tasmanian Parliamentary Dinner, 28 April, Hobart

View more on Dr Kathleen Flanagan in WARP

Expertise

Kathleen uses discourse analysis and qualitative methods to examine the way contemporary welfare policy is constructed and to explore alternative approaches and ideas that might lead to more equitable and people-centred outcomes. She is an active contributor to Australia’s network of housing and community researchers and seeks to use her research to change the way in which policy makers and practitioners think about policy problems, as the first step to change in policies and practices.


Expertise:

  • Social housing policy and governance
  • Social policy and problems
  • ‘Problem families’
  • Intergenerational disadvantage, poverty and hardship
  • Welfare and policy history

Research Themes

Kathleen’s research aligns with the University’s research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her work involves critically engaging with social policy, past and present, to interrogate taken-for-granted assumptions and to explore new ways of thinking and doing that might support stronger, more equitable and just communities.

She is an active member of the Australian housing and urban studies community, and is involved in collaborative projects with other universities, including RMIT in Melbourne and the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Collaboration

Kathleen is an active part of the Australian housing studies community and is involved in a number of research projects involving researchers from other universities, including from UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre and RMIT.

Within the University of Tasmania, she has been part of research on social networks and social capital with Dr Julia Verdouw and Assoc Prof Daphne Habibis, a project undertaken in close collaboration with Centacare Evolve Housing, a local social housing provider.

She is Deputy Director of the Housing and Community Research Unit, which seeks to draw together researchers interested in housing, urban and community issues from across the University of Tasmania and internationally, and an affiliated researcher with the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Awards

2019: Federal Housing Minister’s Early Career Research Award, Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference.

Current projects

Kathleen’s current research focus is the program of work funded under her ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

This research aims to investigate intractable intergenerational disadvantage by critically examining policy and practice in relation to so-called problem families. Kathleen aims to generate new knowledge for social work, policy and welfare by documenting how problem families are understood and managed through the key areas of data linkage, priority investment, income management and family support, and how these areas might be shaped by emerging fields including data analytics and epigenetics.

The project aims to increase practitioner capacity to engage with the implications of intergenerational disadvantage and dysfunction, paving the way for more effective interventions and providing a richer evidence base for policy.

Fields of Research

  • Urban sociology and community studies (441016)
  • Social policy (440712)
  • Public policy (440709)
  • Housing policy (440707)
  • Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment (441001)
  • Urban geography (440612)
  • Housing markets, development and management (330403)
  • Urban policy (440714)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy (450407)
  • Sociology (441099)
  • Commercial law (480102)
  • Family and household studies (440301)
  • Sociological methodology and research methods (441006)
  • Social change (441004)
  • Urban community development (440408)
  • Social theory (441005)
  • Environmental sociology (441002)
  • Financial economics (380107)
  • Social geography (440610)
  • Public administration (440708)
  • Sociology of inequalities (441012)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Sociology and social studies of science and technology (441007)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing (450417)
  • Counselling, wellbeing and community services (440902)
  • Gender studies (440599)

Research Objectives

  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Government and politics (230299)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Homelessness and housing services (230109)
  • Structure, delivery and resourcing (230113)
  • Pacific Peoples community services (210999)
  • Social class and inequalities (230112)
  • Urban planning (120406)
  • Political systems (230203)
  • Other law, politics and community services (239999)
  • Families and family services (230107)
  • Law reform (230405)
  • Civics and citizenship (230201)
  • Employment services (230106)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs (210101)
  • Disability and functional capacity (200403)
  • Preference, behaviour and welfare (150509)
  • Ability and disability (230101)
  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance (210303)

Publications

Kathleen’s research publications to date have been focussed in the field of housing and urban studies, with a particular emphasis on policy relevance, impact and engagement, alongside more reflective, critical contributions calling for greater theoretical and methodological innovation and engagement within the field.

Kathleen has received extensive funding support from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, which publishes substantial, original research reports which are subject to blind peer review.

Kathleen is currently the book reviews co-editor for the international journal Housing Studies and an associate editor for the Australian Journal of Social Issues.

Total publications

50

Journal Article

(21 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Blunden H, Flanagan K, 'Housing options for women leaving domestic violence: the limitations of rental subsidy models', Housing Studies ISSN 0267-3037 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1867711 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2021Verdouw J, Yanotti MB, De Vries J, Flanagan K, Ben Haman O, 'Pathways to regional housing recovery from COVID-19', AHURI Final Report, 354 pp. 1-106. ISSN 1834-7223 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri4126501 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Verdouw J; Yanotti MB; De Vries J; Ben Haman O

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2020Flanagan KM, Levin I, Tually S, Varadharajan M, Verdouw J, et al., 'Understanding the experience of social housing pathways', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, (29 January 2020) Article Final Report 324. ISSN 1834-7223 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-4118301 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10

Co-authors: Verdouw J; Vreugdenhil AJ

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2020Muir K, Powell A, Flanagan K, Stone W, Tually S, et al., ' A pathway to where?' Inquiry into understanding and reimagining social housing pathways', AHURI Final Report, 332 ISSN 1834-7223 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-7118001 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Verdouw J, Yanotti MB, De Vries J, Flanagan K, Ben Haman O, 'Pathways to regional recovery from COVID-19', AHURI Discussion Paper pp. 1-26. ISSN 1834-7223 (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri4126501 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Verdouw J; Yanotti MB; De Vries J; Ben Haman O

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2020valentine k, Cripps K, Flanagan KM, Habibis D, Martin C, et al., 'Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families', AHURI Final Report journal series Article 339. ISSN 1834-7223 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri7116001 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Habibis D

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2019Beer A, Flanagan K, Verdouw J, Lowies B, Hemphill E, et al., 'Understanding Specialist Disability Accommodation funding', AHURI Final Report, 310 Article 310. ISSN 1834-9250 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-3219701 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Verdouw J; Zappia G

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2019Flanagan K, 'A place to call home: women as agents of change in Mumbai', Housing Studies, 34, (6) pp. 1065-1067. ISSN 0267-3037 (2019) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1626598 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

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2019Flanagan K, Blunden H, Valentine K, Henriette J, 'Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence', AHURI Final Report Article 311. ISSN 1834-7223 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-4116101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7

Co-authors: Henriette J

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2019Flanagan K, Jacobs K, 'The long view', Housing Studies, 34, (2) pp. 195-200. ISSN 0267-3037 (2019) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1558592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Jacobs K

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2019Flanagan K, Martin C, Jacobs K, Lawson J, 'A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure', AHURI Final Report, 309 pp. 1-89. ISSN 1834-7223 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-4114101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13

Co-authors: Jacobs K

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2019Lawson J, Denham T, Dodson J, Flanagan K, Jacobs K, et al., 'Social housing as infrastructure: rationale, prioritisation and investment pathway', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Final Report Series, 315 pp. 1-79. ISSN 1834-7223 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-5314001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15

Co-authors: Jacobs K

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2019Powell A, Meltzer A, Martin C, Stone W, Liu E, et al., 'The construction of social housing pathways across Australia', AHURI Final Report Article 316. ISSN 1834-7223 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-7118101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7

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2019Verdouw J, Flanagan K, ' I call it the dark side': stigma, social capital and social networks in a disadvantaged neighbourhood', Urban Studies, 56, (16) pp. 3375-3393. ISSN 0042-0980 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0042098018817226 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Verdouw J

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2018Eccleston R, Verdouw J, Flanagan K, Warren N, Duncan A, et al., 'Pathways to housing tax reform, AHURI Final Report No. 301', AHURI Final Report, 301 pp. 1-73. ISSN 1834-7223 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-4111001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Eccleston R; Verdouw J

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2018Flanagan K, ' Problem families' in public housing: discourse, commentary and (dis)order', Housing Studies, 33, (5) pp. 684-707. ISSN 0267-3037 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1380784 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

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2017Flanagan K, 'Homelessness, Tasmania and Airbnb', Parity magazine, 30, (5) pp. 11-12. (2017) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Verdouw J

2016Pawson H, Martin C, Flanagan K, Phillips R, 'Recent housing transfer experience in Australia: implications for affordable housing industry development', AHURI Final Report, No. 273 pp. 1-81. ISSN 1834-7223 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-7108101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15

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2015Flanagan K, 'A Genealogy of Public Housing Production: Practice, Knowledge and the Broadacre Housing Estate', Housing, Theory and Society, 32, (4) pp. 407-428. ISSN 1403-6096 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2015.1054947 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2013Jacobs K, Flanagan KM, 'Public housing and the politics of stigma', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 48, (3) pp. 319-337. ISSN 0157-6321 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2013.tb00285.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Jacobs K

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Flanagan K, 'Housing, neoliberalism and the archive: reinterpreting the rise and fall of public housing', Routledge, London ISBN 9781138595880 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

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2017Eccleston RG, Warren N, Verdouw J, Flanagan KM, 'Pathways to state property tax reform, AHURI Final Report No. 291', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 111. ISBN 978-1-925334-55-5 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri-4111301 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Eccleston RG; Verdouw J

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Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Flanagan K, ''Problem family' representations: the construction of intergenerational disadvantage in policy', Social Suffering in the Neoliberal Age, Routledge, K Soldatic and L St Guillaume (ed), London, UK, pp. 11-27. ISBN 9780367675554 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781003131779 [eCite] [Details]

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2022Flanagan K, ''Problem family' representations: the construction of intergenerational disadvantage in policy', Social Suffering in the Neoliberal: Age State Power, Logics and Resistance, Routledge, K Soldatic and L St Guillaume (ed), London, UK, pp. 11-27. ISBN 9781003131779 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9781003131779 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Flanagan K, 'The discourse of the city', Philosophy and the City: Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Perspectives, Rowman & Littlefield International, K Jacobs and J Malpas (ed), London, pp. 21-42. ISBN 9781786604590 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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2018Flanagan K, Jacobs K, 'Using Historical Methods in Housing Studies', SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2, Sage, London (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4135/9781526449726 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jacobs K

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Flanagan K, 'Last project standing: civics and sympathy in post-welfare Chicago', Housing Studies pp. 1-2. ISSN 0267-3037 (2018) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1461327 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Flanagan K, 'Book review: The Geopolitics of Real Estate: Reconfiguring Property, Capital and Rights', Housing, Theory and Society pp. 1-3. ISSN 1403-6096 (2017) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2017.1367719 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Eccleston R, Denny L, Verdouw J, Flanagan K, 'Housing in Hobart: an overview of the data', Presentation to the City of Hobart Housing Roundtable, 17 May 2018, Hobart, Tasmania (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Denny L; Verdouw J

2018Flanagan K, Verdouw J, 'Beyond brokerage: social network analysis, social capital and urban research', 2018 Housing Theory Symposium, 1-2 June 2017, Sydney (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Verdouw J

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Verdouw J, Yanotti MB, De Vries J, Flanagan K, Ben Haman O, 'Pathways to regional recovery from COVID-19', Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited Melbourne, Australia (2020) [Contract Report]

DOI: 10.18408/ahuri4126501 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Verdouw J; Yanotti MB; De Vries J; Ben Haman O

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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; Verdouw J

2012Flanagan KM, Gabriel MB, Jacobs KA, Williams Stewart, 'Literature and Policy Review of Homelessness Support Services', Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 1 (2012) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Gabriel MB; Jacobs KA; Williams Stewart

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Flanagan KM, 'Ordinary things: an archaeology of public housing' (2015) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(15 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021De Vries J, Yanotti M, Verdouw J, Jacobs J, Flanagan K, 'The Tasmanian housing market: update 2020-21', HACRU (Housing and Community Research Unit), University of Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-43. (2021) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: De Vries J; Yanotti M; Verdouw J; Jacobs J

2021De Vries J, Yanotti M, Verdouw J, Jacobs K, Flanagan K, 'The Tasmanian housing market: update 2020-21', The Tasmanian housing market: update 2020-21, University of Tasmania, Hobart (2021) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: De Vries J; Yanotti M; Verdouw J; Jacobs K

2021Jacobs KA, Flanagan KM, 'Housing fix urgent', Housing fix urgent, The Mercury, Hobart, Australia, p. 15. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Jacobs KA

2019Jacobs K, Flanagan K, 'Start building: housing shortage will soar unless government takes drastic action', The Mercury, News Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Tasmania, 11 December (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Jacobs K

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2019Jacobs K, Flanagan K, Verdouw J, Denny L, 'Tasmanian Housing Update: Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania', Housing and Community Research Unit, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, December (2019) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Jacobs K; Verdouw J; Denny L

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2018Eccleston R, Denny L, Flanagan K, Jacobs K, Glaetzer S, 'Tasmanian Housing Summit Directions Paper', Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-16. (2018) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Denny L; Jacobs K; Glaetzer S

2018Eccleston R, Verdouw J, Denny L, Flanagan K, Glaetzer S, et al., 'Tasmanian Housing Update, Full Report', Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, August (2018) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Verdouw J; Denny L; Glaetzer S; Eslake S

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2018Eccleston R, Verdouw J, Flanagan K, 'Gradual reform to capital gains, negative gearing and stamp duty will make housing more affordable', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 5 July 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Verdouw J

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2018Jacobs K, Flanagan K, 'Shun profit motive in housing fix', The Mercury, 23 March 2018, p. 20. (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Jacobs K

2017Eccleston R, Warren N, Verdouw J, Flanagan K, Eslake S, 'A blueprint for improving housing outcomes in Tasmania', Institute Insights: Insight Three, Institute for the Study of Social Change, Australia, pp. 1-12. (2017) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Eccleston R; Verdouw J; Eslake S

2017Lawson J, Dodson J, Denham T, Flanagan KM, Jacobs K, et al., 'Social housing as Infrastructure', AHURI Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australia, pp. i-42. (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Jacobs K

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: Verdouw J; Habibis D

2015Verdouw J, Flanagan K, Gorter TE, 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: Verdouw J; Gorter TE; 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: Verdouw J; Habibis D

2014Jacobs KA, Flanagan KM, Hulse K, Stone W, 'Individualised forms of welfare provision and reform of Australia's housing assistance system', Inquiry disscussion paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australia (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Jacobs KA

Grants & Funding

Kathleen has been successful in obtaining external, competitively awarded grants to support her research, including extensive engagement in housing and urban research through the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Her most significant current grant is a $396,000 award from the ARC on ‘problem families’ in the 21st century.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

20

Total funding

$2,276,014

Projects

Understanding the drivers and outcomes of public housing relocation practice and policy (2022)$119,798
Description
This panel will examine how public housing outcomes are shaped by different drivers and practices of tenant relocation
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($119,798)
Scheme
National Housing Research Program
Administered By
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Research Team
Porter L; Kelly D; Rogers D; Flanagan KM; Ruming K; Davies L
Year
2022
Rethinking social housing stock matching and allocations: innovations in policy and practice (2021)$116,699
Description
Social housing allocation systems are under significant pressure, resulting in major stock matching challenges. This project integrates Australian policy and practice knowledge, a national overview of needs and supply, and international innovation to develop cost-benefit evaluation framework and propose alternative strategies for allocation and matching policies.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($116,699)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flanagan KM; Levin I; Tually S; De Vries JS; Kollmann T; Stone W; Goodwin-Smith I
Year
2021
Problem families in the 21st century: policy, practice, outcomes (2020 - 2022)$395,945
Description
The project aims to investigate intractable intergenerational disadvantage by critically examining policy and practice in relation to so-called problem families. It expects to generate new knowledge for social work, policy and welfare by documenting how problem families are understood and managed through the key areas of data linkage, priority investment, income management and family support, and how these areas might be shaped by emerging fields including data analytics and epigenetics. Expected outcomes include greater practitioner capacity to engage with the implications of intergenerational disadvantage and dysfunction. This should provide significant benefits including more effective interventions and a richer evidence base for policy.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($395,945)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flanagan KM
Period
2020 - 2022
Grant Reference
DE200101182
COVID-19 and housing: consequences for and emerging needs of households (2020 - 2021)$107,943
Description
Regional recovery from COVID-19 may follow a different trajectory to that of large cities. To manage the differences, policymakers will need data on how regional areas are coping and their emerging needs. This project will generate data on regional housing and household experiences arising from the pandemic.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($107,943)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Verdouw JJ; Flanagan KM; Yanotti MB; De Vries JS; Ben Haman O
Period
2020 - 2021
The impact of Centacare Evolve Housing community initiatives (2019 - 2020)$30,000
Description
The project will evaluate what impact Centacare Evolve Housings community initiatives have had on facilitating complex social change for CEH tenants and the broader community in Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove, Tasmania.
Funding
CatholicCare Tasmania ($30,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jacobs KA; Flanagan KM; Verdouw JJ
Period
2019 - 2020
Public housing as a social landlord: challenges and solutions (2019)$126,655
Description
At a time of significant social housing system reform, state housing authorities are grappling with complex tenancy management and support challenges as their role evolves into that of a social landlord. This project integrates academic and policy knowledge with front-line expertise to develop practical guidance for policy and practice
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($126,655)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jacobs KA; Burke T; Flanagan KM; Levin I
Year
2019
AHURI Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up - Ella Horton (2019 - 2022)$21,000
Description
Place Based Initiatives as a Policy Response to Housing Inequality and Social Marginalisation: A case study of the Social Impact Programs in the neighbourhood of Bridgewater/Gagebrook, Tasmania
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($21,000)
Scheme
Scholarship-Top-Up
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jacobs KA; Flanagan KM; Verdouw JJ
Period
2019 - 2022
Review of Tasmanian Specialist Disability Accommodation (2018)$8,000
Funding
Summer Foundation ($8,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flanagan KM; Zappia GM; Zakharov R
Year
2018
Understanding Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Funding (2018)$127,324
Description
This Investigative Panel draws on a detailed reading of policy documents, industry surveys and in-depth interviews to enable industry leaders to answer key questions on the implementation of Specialist Disability Accommodation. This work assists in optimising private and public investment into SDA and other social housing.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($127,324)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of South Australia
Research Team
Beer A; Hemphill E; Flanagan KM; Verdouw JJ; Lowies B
Year
2018
Experiencing social housing pathways: bridging the policy and practice divide (2018)$148,922
Description
This project describes the experiences of tenants moving into, within and out of the social housing system, especially those for whom transition is both possible and potentially problematic. It examines how transitions work for providers and delivers findings that will inform policy development to support more sustainable and successful transitions.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($148,922)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flanagan KM; Cornell V; Faulkner D; Levin I; Meltzer A; Muir K; Tually S; Verdouw JJ; Vreugdenhil AJ
Year
2018
Inquiry into understanding and reimagining social housing pathways (2018 - 2019)$132,260
Description
This inquiry aims to untangle, better understand and reimagine social housing pathways. Using systems thinking and drawing on national and international evidence and new empirical data, the project will help to move Australia forward in understanding the drivers of social housing pathways and help inform effective services, supports and policies.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($132,260)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Muir K; Powell A; Stone W; Flanagan KM; Faulkner D; Pawson H
Period
2018 - 2019
The construction of social housing pathways across Australia (2018)$118,265
Description
This project aims to understand how social housing pathways are constructed within and across jurisdictions in Australia. Drawing on systems thinking, a policy review, existing literature and interviews with policy stakeholders, it will map and examine formal pathways into, within and out of social housing.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($118,265)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Muir K; Powell A; Stone W; Meltzer A; Flanagan KM; Tually S; Martin C; Liu E; Pawson H
Year
2018
The conceptual underpinnings of social housing as infrastructure (2017)$90,565
Description
This project will draw upon a synthesis of international and Australian research and experience and interviews with key international informants and local stakeholders with expertise in infrastructure, housing policy and federal-state relations to develop a persuasive, empirically and conceptually robust case for social housing to be treated as essential infrastructure.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($90,565)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flanagan KM; Jacobs KA; Lawson J; Martin C
Year
2017
Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence (2017)$134,016
Description
This project examines the safety of, risks to, and well-being outcomes for women and children who move house after leaving family violence. Using a housing pathways approach it will identify where and how a more integrated service response at critical intervention points can improve outcomes for family violence survivors.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($134,016)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Flanagan KM; Valentine K; Breckenridge J; Bullen J; Winter RE; Burns L
Year
2017
Inquiry into Social Housing as infrastructure (2017 - 2018)$137,488
Description
This program of research will develop a policy rationale, business case for funding and finance, and an identified investment pathway for social housing infrastructure. This component of the research will coordinate and integrate the findings of the broader program.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($137,488)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Research Team
Lawson J; Flanagan KM; Jacobs KA; Pawson H; Dodson J; Van den Nouwelant R
Period
2017 - 2018
Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families (2017 - 2019)$112,558
Description
This Inquiry focuses on the provision of integrated housing support for families, including those affected by domestic and family violence. It will provide significant new knowledge on the gendered nature of housing insecurity, housing pathways, and transition points at which culturally safe and holistic service responses are effective.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($112,558)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Valentine K; Flanagan KM; Cripps KA; Martin C; Habibis D; Breckenridge J
Period
2017 - 2019
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
Recent Housing Transfer Experience in Australia: Implications for Industry Development (2015 - 2016)$14,005
Description
TBA
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($14,005)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
University of New South Wales
Research Team
Pawson H; Milligan V; Phillips R; Flanagan KM
Period
2015 - 2016
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

Kathleen is available to act as secondary supervisor to candidates interested in using social theory and qualitative methods, including historical methods, to explore questions related to social housing, problematic populations and welfare policy and history.

Current

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Completed

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Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDPlace Based Initiatives as a Policy Response to Housing Inequality and Social Marginalisation: A case study of the Social Impact Programs in the neighbourhood of Bridgewater/Gagebrook, Tasmania2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDFamilies' Experiences of Home in Urban Australia: Commodification, connection and care
Candidate: Tamlin Elizabeth Gorter
2019
PhDThe Battle for Waterloo: Governing and resisting the redevelopment of public housing
Candidate: Laura Elizabeth Wynne
2019