Welcome to the Hugo Centre for Population and Housing at the University of Adelaide.

About us

The Hugo Centre is an international research hub dedicated to addressing the global challenge of population change. Our mission is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research on population and housing issues.

Within the Hugo Centre falls the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) and AHURI Research Centre (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute).

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Research and impact

Our research advances basic knowledge and informs public debate and decision making in Australia and around the world.

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Stimulating the housing industry: Limitations of the public housebuilding panacea

This AHURI COVID-19 research project is led by Professor Steven Rowley, Curtin University, with significant inputs from the University of Adelaide. Its focus is on the fact that the housing industry has long been held up as an ideal mechanism for delivering economic stimulus in periods of economic crisis. The project asks what policies are most effective in utilising the industry, does the industry actually have the capacity to respond and what form should this response take?



Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts

The economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has placed many in the rental market at risk; they face uncertainty, tenure insecurity and financial hardship. Guided by the needs of policy, this AHURI COVID-19 research project led by Professor Emma Baker rapidly generates a nationwide dataset and essential reporting on the impact of COVID-19 on tenants.



Supporting Australia’s housing system: modelling pandemic policy responses

This new AHURI funded project has been funded under AHURI’s special COVID-19 responses funding round. The project is led by Professor Chris Leishman and will deliver the rapid redevelopment of economic / housing system modelling approaches to provide deep policy insights into COVID-19 housing interventions, focussing on impacts to employment, earnings, and outcomes for owners, renters and investors. The economic simulation model will simulate the probable impacts of three principal policy interventions.