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Associate Professor Emma Baker

Telephone +61 8 8313 4851
Position ARC Future Fellow
Fax +61 8 8313 4377
Building Horace Lamb Building
Floor/Room 5 33
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Architecture & Built Environment

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Biography/ Background

Emma Baker is an ARC Future Fellow and Reader in Housing. She has a PhD in Geography and BA (Hons.) from Adelaide University. Her PhD thesis was entitled "Public Housing Tenant Relocation: Residential Mobility, Satisfaction, and the Development of a Tenant's Spatial Decision Support System". She has previously held a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship focussed on examining the relationship between health and housing.

Her work examines the impact of housing and location in urban and regional environments, producing academic, as well as policy-relevant research. Dr Baker's recent publications include analyses of the housing implications of economic, social, and spatial change in Australia, work quantifying health effects of housing tenure and affordability, research on the effects of precarious and vulnerable housing. Her current ARC Future fellowship investigates multiple housing problems and their effects on health and wellbeing.          

Some current and recently completed grants:

• Improving the health and wellbeing of poorly housed Australians: understanding and responding to multiple housing deficit. ARC Future Fellowship.

• An Australian Housing Conditions Data Infrastructure . ARC LIEF grant. (Baker, E, Beer, A, Zillante, G, London, K, Bentley, R, Hulse, K, Pawson, H, Randolph, B, Ridley, I)

• Pathways to Health and Wellbeing through Housing: A new Causal Understanding of Relationships, Processes and Interventions. ARC Discovery Project. (Baker, E, Beer, A, Bentley, R, Pevalin, D, Whitehead, C)

• New directions in health inequalities research: Understanding the intersection between housing, employment and health in Australia ARC Linkage Project. (Bentley R, Baker E, Mallett S, LaMontagne A, Beer A, Kavanagh A, Keys D, Kolar V.)

• The importance of gender and socioeconomic disadvantage for the mental health of people living with disabilities. ARC Linkage Project. (Kavanagh AM, Bentley R, LaMontagne A, Baker E, Beer A.)

• Housing Assistance and the Life Course: Understanding the Impact of Policy Alternatives, ARC Linkage Project. (Beer, A, Baker, E., Wood, G.)

• Housing implications of social, spatial and structural change, Australian Housing and Research Institute Research (AHURI). (Flood J and Baker E)

• Addressing Homlessness amongst person with a Disability: Identifying and enacting best practice, National Homelessness Research Project, FaHCSIA (Beer, A, Mallett, S, Bentley, R, Baker, E, Pate, A,)

Awards & Achievements

  • Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research (with Dr Rebecca Bentley, University of Melbourne) For the development of new approaches to understand how housing shapes health and wellbeing. 

    Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 2015.

    Australian Housing Minister's Early Career Researcher Award for excellence in housing and urban research by those beginning their careers. 

    Executive Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Research, 2014.

    Finalist in the 2011 VicHealth Award for Outstanding Achievements and Innovative Contributions to Health promotion for "Precarious hosuing and health inequalities: what are the links?" (Mallett, Bentley, Baker, Gronda, Keys and Kolar).


Baker, E., Bentley, R., lester, L., & Beer, A. (2016). Housing affordability and residential mobility as drivers of locational inequality. Applied Geography, 72, 65-75. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.05.007

Kavanagh, A. M., Aitken, Z., Baker, E., LaMontagne, A. D., Milner, A., & Bentley, R. (2016). Housing tenure and affordability and mental health following disability acquisition in adulthood. Social Science and Medicine, 151, 225-232. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.010

Bentley, R. J., Pevalin, D., Baker, E., Mason, K., Reeves, A., & Beer, A. (2016). Housing affordability, tenure and mental health in Australia and the United Kingdom: a comparative panel analysis. Housing Studies, 31(2), 208-222. doi:10.1080/02673037.2015.1070796

Kavanagh, A. M., Krnjacki, L., Aitken, Z., LaMontagne, A. D., Beer, A., Baker, E., & Bentley, R. (2015). Intersections between disability, type of impairment, gender and socio-economic disadvantage in a nationally representative sample of 33,101 working-aged Australians. Disability and Health Journal, 8(2), 191-199. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2014.08.008

Baker, E., Mason, K., & Bentley, R. (2015). Measuring housing affordability: a longitudinal approach. Urban Policy and Research, 33(3), 275-290. doi:10.1080/08111146.2015.1034853

Beer, A., Bentley, R., Baker, E., Mason, K., Mallett, S., Kavanagh, A., & LaMontagne, T. (2015). Neoliberalism, economic restructuring and policy change: precarious housing and precarious employment in Australia. Urban Studies, OnlinePubl(8), 1-17. doi:10.1177/0042098015596922

Baker, E., Mason, K., Bentley, R., & Mallett, S. (2014). Exploring the bi-directional relationship between health and housing in Australia. Urban Policy and Research, 32(1), 71-84. doi:10.1080/08111146.2013.831759

Mason, K., Baker, E., Blakely, T., & Bentley, R. (2013). Housing affordability and mental health: does the relationship differ for renters and home purchasers?. Social Science & Medicine, 94, 91-97. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.06.023

Baker, E., Lester, L., & Beer, A. (2013). Housing assistance: exploring benefits beyond shelter. Sage Open, 3(3), 1-10. doi:10.1177/2158244013491949

Baker, E., Bentley, R., & Mason, K. (2013). The mental health effects of housing tenure: causal or compositional?. Urban Studies, 50(2), 426-442. doi:10.1177/0042098012446992

Baker, E., & Arthurson, K. (2012). AUSTRALIAN PLANNER DECEMBER 2007: Housing, place or social networks: What's more important for relocating tenants?. Australian Planner, 49(4), 315-326. doi:10.1080/07293682.2012.732007

Bentley, R., Baker, E., & Mason, K. (2012). Cumulative exposure to poor housing affordability and its association with mental heatlh in men and women. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(9), 761-766. doi:10.1136/jech-2011-200291

Bentley, R., Baker, E., Mason, K., Subramanian, S., & Kavanagh, A. (2011). Association between housing affordability and mental health: A longitudinal analysis of a nationally representative household survey in Australia. American Journal of Epidemiology, 174(7), 753-760. doi:10.1093/aje/kwr161

Beer, A., Baker, E., Wood, G., & Raftery, P. (2011). Housing policy, housing assistance and the wellbeing dividend; Developing an evidence base for post-GFC economies. Housing Studies, 26(7-8), 1171-1192. doi:10.1080/02673037.2011.616993

Baker, E. (2008). Improving outcomes of forced residential relocation: the development of an Australian tenants' spatial decision support system. Urban Studies, 45(8), 1712-1728. doi:10.1177/0042098008091498

Baker, E., & Tually, S. (2008). Women, health and housing assistance: Implications in an emerging era of housing provision. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 43(1), 123-128.

Entry last updated: Friday, 3 Jun 2016

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