About Us

The Hugo Centre is at the cutting edge of migration and population research.

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Our mission is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research on migration and population issues in order to:

  • Advance the boundaries of knowledge and scholarship
  • Inform social policy, practice and public debate
  • Improve decision making by applying research insights.

The Hugo Centre comprises a core team of professional researchers and support staff in collaboration with a wider network of research associates, working across a portfolio of prestigious competitively-funded projects, contract research and consultancy projects, and collaborative research grants administered at the local, national and international levels.

The Centre provides publicly engaged thought-leadership on migration and population issues through partnerships with stakeholders, including:

  • Government agencies at the state and federal levels
  • NGOs, charities and community organisations
  • Business and industry groups
  • Leading academic centres of excellence and media outlets around the world.

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  • Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)

    Part of the Hugo Centre, the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) comprises a network of researchers, academics and other practitioners from the University of Adelaide, other universities and abroad who undertake high quality housing, urban, regional and planning research for the betterment of societies.

    CHURP was established in 2011 and is currently headed by Director, Professor Chris Leishman at the University of Adelaide. CHURP team members have backgrounds in geography, sociology, anthropology, environmental management, demography, urban and regional planning, public policy and law.

    These research projects include:

    CHURP also hosts the University of Adelaide Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), a national independent research network whose mission is to develop high-quality, policy-relevant research for better housing and urban outcomes.

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  • Professor Graeme Hugo AO

    Professor Graeme Hugo AO in a library

    The Hugo Centre is named in honour of the late Professor Graeme Hugo, founding director of the Australian Population and Migration Centre and the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems (GISCA).

    Graeme was a University Professorial Fellow at the University of Adelaide and held a chair in the Department of Geography, Environment and Population for several decades.

    He authored over 400 scholarly works, supervised more than 50 PhD students, and presented prolifically around the world to audiences ranging from local school groups to the United Nations.

    In 2012 Graeme was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to population research, particularly through the study of international migration, population geography and mobility, and through leadership roles with national and international organisations. In 2014 he was awarded the International Association of Geographers’ Australian-International Medal, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of Geography world-wide.

    Graeme’s spirit of intellectual curiosity and public engagement continues to inspire the research agenda and culture of the Hugo Centre.