Research

The Hugo Centre’s work addresses the global challenge of population change.

Our research advances basic knowledge and informs public debate and decision making around the world. We integrate insights from different academic disciplines and partnerships with community, industry and government organizations.

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  • Demography and the 'Life Course'

    Demographic change is a constant force that in the long term causes tectonic shifts in societies, cultures and economies.

    Gradual adjustments in birth rates, death rates and migration patterns drive population growth in some regions and ageing in others. These trends change the nature of work, family and community life, urban planning, and public policy making.

    How can we understand and manage the impacts of processes like population growth and ageing on family structures, differences between rural and urban spaces, and service delivery schemes in housing, health and other areas?

    Our researchers in this area are:

    Please visit our Researcher Profiles for more information about completed and current projects.

  • Housing and economic productivity

    The goal of raising economic productivity is rising in importance but the evidence base is currently under-developed.

    The University of Adelaide AHURI Research Centre is delighted to be working with AHURI in 2019 and beyond on an Inquiry level project to examine the impacts of agglomeration on housing outcomes and vice versa.

    Our researchers in this area are:

    Please visit their Researcher Profiles for more information about their completed and current projects.

  • Housing and wellbeing

    Stable, appropriate and affordable housing is the cornerstone of wellbeing and active participation in society yet increasingly low income households struggle in the housing market and face a range of obstacles and challenges. 

    The Centre conducts collaborative research across a number of domains such as housing tenure, housing assistance, disability and homelessness to provide an evidence base for policy and practice and importantly is working collectively with government, the service sector and the community to bring about real change.

    Our researchers in this area are:

    Please visit their Researcher Profiles for more information about their completed and current projects.

  • Housing need and affordability

    As Australia’s housing affordability crisis deepens, understanding how unmet housing need is generated and influenced by prices and rents is becoming of greater importance.

    Improving housing affordability is an important objective of Commonwealth, State/Territory and local government sectors, and is critical to public and community housing providers. Yet estimating unmet housing need is not straightforward because it requires an understanding of demographic, policy and market processes.

    Modelling these in a consistent and defensible way is a major focus of the Hugo Centre research staff.

    Our researchers in this area are:

    Please visit their Researcher Profiles for more information about their completed and current projects.

  • Migration, diaspora and diversity

    Understanding and managing large-scale population movements is one of the most urgent long-term challenges facing humanity.

    Our research aims to address fundamental questions such as:

    • Why do people migrate?
    • How does migration relate to broader processes of demographic transition, environmental change, socio-economic development, and political conflict?
    • How do migrants and their communities adapt to new circumstances?
    • What role do racism and ethnic communities play in the process of immigrant settlement?
    • What kinds of social diversity and transnational connection arise when people uproot?
    • What does migration mean for origin and receiving societies?
    • How is migration managed and governed at local, national and international levels?

    Our researchers in this area are:

    Please visit our Researcher Profiles for more information about completed and current projects.

    • Population ageing and housing

      This is a long standing area of research for the Centre. Ageing is often accompanied by a re-evaluation of housing suitability and needs and housing is central to older people's ability to age well.

      Current projects examine the increasing vulnerability of older people to housing stress and homelessness; public housing as an effective and appropriate tenure for ageing well; and the impact of purpose built aged accommodation on the health, wellbeing, attitudes to housing, social connectedness, use of services and survival of older South Australians.

      Our researchers in this area are:

      Please visit their Researcher Profiles for more information about their completed and current projects.

    • Population processes and environmental change

      Environmental change is one of the defining challenges of our age.

      Environmental change both causes and is caused by population change. For example, shifts in the physical environment may shape human mobility both directly (for example as a response to extreme weather events), or indirectly, (for example through the gradual impacts of sea-level rise on other economic, social, cultural, and political drivers of migration).

      Conversely, population growth and change affects patterns of land use, resource processing, urban design, transport and waste disposal that may transform the physical environment.

      Our research aims to undertake comparative studies on the nexus between environmental change and human population change, to make theoretical advances in this area, and to inform practical efforts to achieve a sustainable future.

      Our researchers in this area are:

      Please visit our Researcher Profiles for more information about completed and current projects.

    • Social applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

      Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offers a powerful integrating platform for social, spatial and environmental information, with potential to generate new knowledge and opportunities.

      This research theme shares a consistent concern for people and social justice, and the desire to use and develop spatial technologies to advance demographic and migration analysis, service planning, reporting, funding allocations and social research.

      The Hugo Centre's work builds on the National Key Centre of Social Applications of GIS (GISCA).

      Our researchers in this area are:

      Please visit our Researcher Profiles for more information about completed and current projects.