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Research Areas

The Hugo Centre has been successful in attracting a number of competitive research grants and research consultancies.

For information on completed research and projects from 2015 - 2012, please refer to our Completed Projects webpage. For projects completed before 2012, a list of these projects can be viewed on our Archived Projects webpage

Current Research

Climate Change and Migration in China: theoretical, empirical and policy dimensions (Australian Research Council - Discovery Project)
This study analyses the complex relationship between climate change and migration by focussing in depth on two areas in China anticipated being major hotspots of Climate Change impact. It provides insight into national and international policy development in Climate Change mitigation and adaptations.

Improving Migrant Health: Identifying and Addressing the Health Needs of Migrants in Australia (Australian Research Council - DECRA)
There is a growing concern among international health experts that migrants globally experience worse health outcomes than non-migrants, and the socio-economic reasons behind this are not fully understood. Australia is among the countries with the largest migrant population, however little research has been conducted to understand the health needs of migrants in this country. The purpose of this study is to identify health risks faced by migrants in Australia and the social determinants creating and reproducing health disparities among them. The results of the project will contribute to international research on migrant health and inform the national policy of better ways to promote migrant health and social equality in Australia.

Internal Migration and Social Security in China (Ford Foundation)
As a result of its dramatic economic reforms and social and demographic transformations of the past 30 years, China has experienced the largest global rural-to-urban labour migration in recent times. This particular segment of the Chinese population currently consists of some 230 million migrants. This proposed study aims to investigate the dynamic process of various migrant subgroups' participation in social protection programs and its implications for their socio-economic and health wellbeing and social justice. The issue is addressed by fully integrating the contextual factors that influence both migration and social protection participation through a holistic approach involving case studies in one destination area and one origin area which exemplify the major ‘target' and ‘source' areas of migrants in China. This study will also involve an explicit and detailed assessment of the appropriateness of institutional and governance frameworks to manage social protection and human mobility.

More than A to B: The Role of Free Public Transport in Social Engagement and Well-being for Older Australians (Illawarra Research Trust (IRT) - Research Foundation)
Free public transport travel has enabled better access to goods and services for many older South Australians, but it may also provide less tangible benefits, such as opportunities for meaningful social interaction and a sense of participation, belonging and visibility in the public arena. This research takes Adelaide as a case study to focus on the provision of free public transport in maintaining mobility for older citizens. The study will evaluate the impact of introducing free transport on well-being and social engagement for older people, providing an empirical and spatial contribution to understanding of the social mechanisms that link mobility practices and well-being.

New insight into adverse birth outcomes: Bringing together clinical understanding and spatial, social and environmental context (University of Adelaide - IRF)
Preterm birth is a global health problem that contributes to infant mortality and morbidity. In addition, it is a major risk factor for poor long term physical and cognitive development. This study utilises Geographical Information Systems (GIS) based small area spatial and statistical analysis to investigate associations between preterm births (<37 weeks gestation), low birth weight (<2500gms) and socio-economic and environmental traffic-related air pollution with the aim of achieving new insights into key risk factors influencing adverse birth outcomes and potential ways to reduce their impact. This study is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Hugo Centre, The Robinson Institute and the School of Population Health at the University of Adelaide and the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Pharmacy Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (PhARIA). (Australian Government - Department of Health)
The PhARIA project was undertaken by GISCA, the then Department of Health and Ageing, and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. It was designed to provide a comprehensive, standardised measurement of the physical and professional remoteness of pharmacies throughout Australia, for use in the determination of rural and remote pharmacy allowances.

PhARIA is a composite index, which incorporates measurements of general remoteness, as represented by ARIA, with a professional isolation component represented by the road distance to the five (5) closest pharmacies. More information is available from the PhARIA information page.

South Australian Retirement Village Census 2016 (Office for the Ageing, SA)
The Retirement Villages Unit in the Office for the Ageing (OFTA) has identified a scarcity of hard data on retirement villages within South Australia. There has been continual growth in the number of retirement villages in South Australia since the requirement to register was introduced in 2007. Currently there are 529 villages providing 18,198 residences for approximately 25,475 older South Australians.

The retirement village industry landscape has changed significantly from its commencement of church and community based housing for seniors. As a result of the evolution of the retirement village industry over time, the Government has reviewed the governing legislation to ensure that the legislation remains relevant and provides clarity on the rights and responsibilities of both residents and operators as well as an appropriate level of consumer protection. A new legislative regime is imminent, and the census will provide valuable insight and a baseline into an increasingly important part of South Australia’s housing landscape.

Data and information generated from the research will provide a valuable insight into the retirement village industry and its residents, and a greater awareness of the ageing population for other OFTA projects generally. A secondary benefit is the creation of baseline data for any future assessment of the effectiveness of amendments to the governing legislation.

A copy of the report will be available soon.


Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research

School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
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The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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