Professor Johnson is the inaugural Unison Chair of Urban Housing and Homelessness.
Professor Johnson has been involved in the area of housing and homelessness for over two decades. His research investigates theoretical and applied questions relating to the dynamics of homelessness and housing. His research has contributed extensively to government policy and agency practice that address the housing and support needs of disadvantaged and low income households. He has co-authored a number of books, over 50 reports and refereed papers, as well as 8 book chapters. He has served on numerous Government committees and advisory bodies, and is a regular presenter at public and policy forums.
Professor Johnson is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in innovative policy and practice relevant research. He is currently an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, and in 2015 spent 12 months in the US as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
- Visiting Research Scholar, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania (August 2014–August 2015)
- Honorary Senior Fellow, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Melbourne (2013–2016)
- Founding executive member, Australian chapter, Academics Stand Against Poverty (based at the University of Sydney), 2013
- Key note address. International Homelessness Research Conference – Advancing the Science of Homelessness Crisis Response Systems. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S., 2013
- Research Excellence Award, RMIT University, 2012
- Co-convenor National Homelessness Research Conference (with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute), 2012
- Finalist of Homelessness Design Challenge, RMIT University Design Research Institute (with Dr Keely Macarow, Dr Mick Douglas, Dr Helen Frichot, Stuart Geddes, Dr Neal Haslam, Rochus Hinkel, Margie McKay), 2012
- Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness – Adult working group (Victoria, Department of Human Services), 2012
- Family and Community Services NSW. Review of highly vulnerable teenagers working party, 2012
- Appointed to the prestigious ABS Homelessness Statistics Reference Group (HSRG). The role of the reference group is to advise the ABS on the development, collection, compilation, production and dissemination of robust statistics for understanding and reporting on homelessness in Australia, 2011
- Media Performance Award, RMIT University, 2011
- Norman Smith Publication Award for the best research article in Australian Social Work. Homelessness and substance abuse: Which comes first? (with Chris Chamberlain), 2009
- AHURI Post Doctoral Research Fellowship (2008–2011).
- APAI Industry Award (PhD Scholarship) – A longitudinal study of pathways in and out of homelessness (2002–2005).
- Guest editor Parity – Homelessness Research in Australia (2011); State out-of-home care and homelessness (2010); Representations of homelessness (2004; 1998).
Current postgraduate supervision
- Kathryn Daley (PhD) - Young people and problematic substance use (current).
- Naomi Bailey (PhD) - Breaking the cycle: the role of housing and support in resolving chronic homelessness (current).
- Young people and the homelessness service system: Effective responses. Funded by: Melbourne City Mission 2014, $85,000.
- Journeys Home: Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Instability Stage 2: Funded by: FaCHSIA and The University of Melbourne 2014, $56,000.
- Breaking the Cycle: Evaluation of the Street to Home initiative. Funded by: HomeGround Services, The Salvation Army and FaHCSIA 2010, $462,356.
- Journeys Home: Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Instability. Funded by: The University of Melbourne and FaCHSIA 2010, $128,000.
- On the Margins: Caravan park dwellers and rooming house residents. Funded by: FaCHSIA 2010, $227,132.
- What works? Letting young people leaving care speak for themselves: Funded by: The Salvation Army 2009, $61,538
- Journey to Social Inclusion Evaluation: Funded by: Sacred Heart Mission, $153,036
- Improving housing outcomes for young people leaving state care. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 2008, $169,398.
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Funded by: AHURI 2007-2009, $110,000
PhD, RMIT University, 2006
Master of Arts, Monash University, 1996
Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Monash University, 1994
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Monash University, 1994
- Chamberlain, C.,Johnson, G. (2019). From long-term homelessness to stable housing: Investigating �liminality� In: Housing Studies, 33, 1246 - 1263
- Johnson, G.,Scutella, R.,Tseng, Y.,Wood, G. (2019). How do housing and labour markets affect individual homelessness? In: Housing Studies, 34, 1089 - 1116
- Moschion, J.,Johnson, G. (2019). Homelessness and Incarceration: A Reciprocal Relationship? In: Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 35, 855 - 887
- Johnson, G.,Rouch, S.,Watson, J. (2019). Who stays, who leaves and why? Occupancy patterns at Unison Housing between 2014 and 2016 In: Unison Housing Melbourne Australia
- Johnson, G.,McCallum, S.,Watson, J. (2019). What's changed? Comparing occupancy patterns at Unison Housing between 2014 and 2016 with tenancies that commenced in 2017 In: Unison Housing Melbourne
- Taylor, S.,Johnson, G. (2019). Service use patterns at a high-volume homelessness service: A longitudinal analysis of six years of administrative data In: Unison Housing Melbourne, Australia
- Johnson, G.,Ribar, D.,Zhu, A. (2018). Women's homelessness: International evidence on causes, consequences, coping and policies In: The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, Oxford University Press, United Kingdom
- Watson, J.,Johnson, G. (2018). Does Tenure Mix Work? In: Unison Housing Melbourne, Australia
- Johnson, G.,Watson, J. (2018). Diversity and Complexity: examining the characteristics of 'at risk' and homeless households in Melbourne's West In: Unison Housing Melbourne, Australia
- Haslem, N.,Macarow, K.,Johnson, G.,Knutagard, M. (2018). Cities of Homefullness: A proposition In: Designing Cultures of Care, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, London, England
- Enhancing support services for people with disability and complex needs living in permanent supportive housing. Funded by: Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund 2018 onwards- Grant from (2020 to 2021)
- Leaving Rehab: Enhancing Transitions into Stable Housing. Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2020)
- Accommodating transition: improving housing outcomes for young people leaving out of home care (Administered by Curtin University). Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2019 to 2020)
- AHURI Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up - Susan Rouch (now Susan McCallum). Funded by: AHURI Scholarships (CAT 3) from (2018 to 2021)
- The inter-relationship between structural factors and individual risk factors in explaining homelessness. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 2014 from (2014 to 2015)
1 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions