The Hugo Centre comprises researchers and experts in a wide variety of areas relating to spatial data and urban and regional planning.

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  • Accessibility/remoteness, geocoding and spatial analysis

    We provide applied geographic information systems (GIS) services to a range of government, industry and not-for-profit sector partners. This includes addressing and geocoding data, mapping, analysis of accessibility and attaching such variables to third party (proprietory datasets).

    The Hugo Centre has created various spatial datasets, some of which are available for purchase, others which are viewable via a web map/app or downloadable at no cost through partnerships developed with other organisations/entities listed below. The most recognised spatial datasets developed and managed by the Hugo Centre are accessibility/remoteness indices, namely ARIA, Metro ARIA and PhARIA.

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    • Rapid evidence reviews and systematic literature reviews

      Systematic evidence reviews and literature reviews provide a state-of-the-art snapshot of knowledge in relation to a research question or area of policy interest or potential intervention.

      Reviews cover the grey literature as well as academic sources and are informed by the substantial electronic resources and databases available to the research centres through the University of Adelaide’s library subscriptions.

      Systematic evidence reviews have a quality dimension, with each of a range of sources being evaluated in accordance with evaluation criteria agreed with the client, or suggested by research centre staff. This allows reporting to combine diversity of findings with an assessment of the strength, robustness and replicability of those findings.

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    • Projections of population and households trends (demographic analyses)

    • Qualitative research design and fieldwork, including surveys and focus groups

      Our research centre staff offer a range of advisory services relevant to qualitative research needs.

      This ranges from simple advice on instrument design (survey questions and design, focus group composition and topic guides, semi-structured interviews, ethnographic approaches) through to full method design, fieldwork and analysis.

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    • Housing need and demand assessment, and forecasting

      The Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) sits within the overall structure of the Hugo Research Centre. It has a long-standing track record in applied housing research and is one of a very small number of Australian centres that has a credible specialism in estimating and assessing housing need and demand for housing.

      This includes forward projections (forecasting), and assessment of potential demand for products that facilitate entry to home ownership.

      CHURP has current and recent experience working with State government departments, community housing providers, peak organisations and national funders of applied / policy focused housing research. CHURP co-produced the AHURI model of housing need for Australia, published in 2017.

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    • Analysis of housing systems

      The Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) provides analysis of housing prices, rents and market activity spatially and over time.

      This is pertinent to estimating housing need, modelling future demand and assessing the potential for introduction of products that facilitate entry to home ownership. It is also relevant to the land and housing development sector, to planning and to infrastructure planning and provision.

      Together with demographic, economic and census analysis, these are the main building blocks for analyses that feed into the formulation of State, Territory and Local Government housing strategies.

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    • Consulting linked to housing design and population ageing

      Staff working within the Hugo and CHURP research centres have substantial experience and many live projects with a focus on population ageing.

      There is a particular focus on housing and neighbourhood design, including the design of wraparound services as designed and offered by housing providers, other government departments and the not-for-profit sectors.

      Staff have specialisms in housing, design, gerontology and sociology, and are well placed to advise on the design and implementation of a wide spectrum of applied research projects.

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