The AHRC12 includes a dynamic and interesting program of keynote addresses centred on the theme of "Housing in an Era of Risk and Crisis".
Confirmed speakers include:
Hon Patrick Conlon MP - Minister for Housing and Urban Development
State Member for Elder Patrick Conlon is the leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, a member of the Executive Committee of Cabinet and responsible for the portfolios of Transport and Infrastructure.
Mr Conlon was Emergency Services Minister until 2005 and played a major part in the Government`s response to the tragic Black Tuesday bushfires on the Eyre Peninsula in January 2005. He has also previously held the portfolios of Police, Government Enterprises and was Australia's longest serving Energy Minister until earlier this year.
As Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Conlon now oversees one of the South Australian Government's most important departments - one that is delivering the largest investment in infrastructure the State has ever seen. This includes projects like the Adelaide Oval upgrade, duplication of the Southern Expressway and the South Road Superway, South Australia's largest ever road construction project and the multi billion dollar investment underway in public transport infrastructure which includes the electrification of the Noarlunga, Gawler and Outer Harbor lines.
As Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Conlon is responsible for delivering the a ambitions of the State's 30-year-plan for Greater Adelaide, starting with the exciting Bowden development for 2300 dwellings and world-class public realm on the former Clipsal site.
Dr Owen Donald - National Housing Supply Council
Dr Owen Donald is Chairman of the National Housing Supply Council, the independent advisory body that advises Australian governments on the extent and causes of structural imbalance between housing supply and demand across Australia.
Previously the Director of Housing in Victoria and, before that, CEO of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Owen is also a private consultant on policy development and management, and a member of the Commonwealth Government's expert panel on reform of housing assistance.
Click to download Dr Owen Donald's keynote presentation titled: "2011 State of Supply Report: key findings and research issues"
Professor Ray Forrest - The City University of Hong Kong
Ray Forrest is Chair Professor of Housing and Urban Studies in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong. He is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Bristol where he is Professor of Urban Studies in the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research, School for Policy Studies. Professor Forrest is also Associate Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol. Ray has held visiting appointments at the University of Glasgow, the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong. From 2001 to 2005 he was co-director (with Professor Ade Kearns, University of Glasgow) of the ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research. Ray was Head of the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol from 2001-2004.
Professor Forrest is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Network of Housing Researchers and is joint editor of Housing Studies and co-editor of Asian Public Policy and Series Editor, Housing and Society for Routledge.
Ray is completing an ESRC funded project on Housing Assets and Intergenerational Dynamics in East Asian Societies (with Misa Izuhara) and is embarking on a new Hong Kong Research Grants Council funded project on the Future of Hong Kong's Public Rental System.
Ray's research interests include: the changing sociology of the contemporary city; housing and urban change in East Asia; housing, the macro-economy and globalisation; housing policy and social inequalities.
Professor Forrest was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010.
Click to download Professor Ray Forrest's keynote presentation titled: "Housing Questions: East meets West"
Dr Lucy Groenhart - National University of Ireland
Lucy is an urban policy researcher. Her interests are housing policy, both Australian and International, with a focus on social housing tenure mix policies and estate regeneration; and urban policy evaluation, with a focus on developing innovative quantitative and mixed methods techniques to support evidence based policy.
She has held research and teaching positions at the National University of Ireland, the University of Sydney, RMIT University, and the University of New South Wales. Lucy's doctoral thesis ‘Evaluating Social Housing Policy: A Wicked Problem?', developed a method of measuring and quantifying the indirect costs and benefits of social housing estate renewal.
In 2010, she received the Minister's Award for Early Career Researchers for her paper ‘Tenure Mix and Social Housing: What is the evidence base?'.
Click to download Dr Lucy Groenhart's keynote address titled: "The Problem(s) with Social Mix"
Mr Tim Horton - Department of Premier and Cabinet
Timothy Horton is the South Australian Commissioner for Integrated Design, providing independent advice to the Premier and Cabinet. The Integrated Design Commission is Australia's first state level multidisciplinary design, cross-government advisory team.
Timothy is an award winning architect and urban designer, with experience spanning the public and private sector in Australia and internationally. Common throughout has been a deep interest in civic space and the role for design in shaping human-centred urban policy.
He has held positions as state President of the Australian Institute of Architects, has acted as a member of the editorial board for the Australian Urban Design Protocol and is currently a Board member of South Australia's leading craft and design body, the Jam Factory.
Professor Graeme Hugo - The University of Adelaide
Graeme Hugo is an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, Professor of Geography and Director of the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of over three hundred books, articles in scholarly journals and chapters in books, as well as a large number of conference papers and reports. He held an ARC Federation Fellowship between 2002 and 2007 and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Demography and Liveability of the Commonwealth Department of Sustainable Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Professor Hugo's research interests are extensive and include: urban and population geography and demography, social geography, demographic trends (especially population mobility and migration) and development in Southeast Asia. He also has a strong research interest and track record in the area of ageing, its changing patterns and implications for social and economic change.
Click to download Professor Graeme Hugo's keynote presentation titled: "Population and Housing in Australia: Challenges for the Twenty First Century"
Mr Sean Innis - Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Sean Innis is Group Manager of Housing, Homelessness and Money Management Group in the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Housing, Homelessness and Money Management Group is responsible for a wide range of policies and programs designed to improving housing outcomes, reduce homelessness and assist Australians in financial difficulty. Sean has led the group since August 2010.
Previously, Sean was Group Manager of the Department's Social Policy Group. This group had overall responsibility for the income support system, the age pension and the department's international, strategy and research functions.
Prior to joining FaHCSIA, Sean held a range of senior executive positions in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He chaired the government's 2005 Welfare to Work Task Force and led a cross-portfolio team that developed the 2004 White Paper, Securing Australia's Energy Future.
Sean started his public service career in the Bureau of Industry Economics. He has been a poor university tutor and even worse bank teller.
Click to download Sean Innis's keynote presentation titled: "Australian Housing"
Emeritus Professor David Thorns - University of Canterbury New Zealand
David Christopher Thorns, ONZM.FRSNZ Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Canterbury is a distinguished sociologist and one of New Zealand's leading social scientists.
His major research projects have addressed a number of themes: suburban and community research; the sociology of housing and residential mobility; social inequality and class formation, comparative urban research; restructuring and change within advanced capitalist societies; urban sustainability; comparative welfare state policy analysis and globalisation and urban change. His work has been innovative and led to significant shifts in theoretical and research agendas. It also shows a consistent engagement with the implications of social science research for both public debate and disciplinary development. In 2002 he was awarded the University of Canterbury Research Medal.
Principal researcher and Member of the Management Group of the Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences project and Principal Researcher on a Marsden funded project Winners and Losers in the Knowledge Society.
He is a member of steering committee of the Asia Pacific Housing Research Network; Vice President International Social Science Council; and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa NZ; New Zealand representative on the International Social Science Council: Social Science Sub Commission of NZ UNESCO Acting Chair; past Chair of Social Sciences Advisory Committee Royal Society NZ; Board member of the Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa /New Zealand; 2004-9 member of the Centre for Sustainable Cities
Click to download Emeritus Professor David Thorns's keynote presentation titled: "Exploring the local and global challenges for housing policy in a world of increasing uncertainty and risk"