Guy is a Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness. He has been involved in the area of precarious housing and homelessness for over three decades, initially as a practitioner and more recently as a researcher. Guy has extensive knowledge of existing homelessness research, current homelessness policies, and is well acquainted with the homelessness service system.
Drawing on innovative mix of methodologies including longitudinal studies, randomised controlled trials, as well as in-depth qualitative work, Guy's 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 80 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. He has been awarded grants from the ARC and AHURI and has conducted numerous research projects with various industry partners including The Salvation Army, HomeGround Services, Sacred Heart Mission and Melbourne Central Mission.
Guy is recognized 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.
Guy currently supervises 5 PhD students and welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD scholars.
Guy in the inaugural Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab at RMIT University, an industry led partnership that aims to address the ongoing issue of housing insecurity and homelessness in a way that looks at both the existing failings in the housing system and preventative measures to help alleviate disadvantage.
Prior to his appointment he was Director of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT University.
- Oceania, Editor in Chief, International Journal of Homelessness.
- International Advisory Committee, European Journal of Homelessness
- Member, ABS Homelessness Statistics Reference Group (HSRG).
- PhD, RMIT University, 2006
- M.A (Social Policy), Monash University, 1994
- B.Bus (Mkt), Monash University, 1992
- B.A (Hons), Monash University, 1992
Guy's background in the homelessness sector has contributed to his ongoing engagement with a broad range of Industry partners.
He has been awarded over 20 research contracts with various industry partners including Unison Housing, The Salvation Army, HomeGround Services, Sacred Heart Mission and Melbourne Central Mission, as well as receiving grants from the ARC and AHURI.
- Pleace, N.,O’Sullivan, E.,Johnson, G. (2021). Making home or making do: a critical look at homemaking without a home In: Housing Studies, , 1 - 17
- Johnson, G.,Taylor, S. (2021). Sustaining Social Housing: Profiles and patterns In: Unison Housing Melbourne
- Watson, J.,Nipperess, S.,Johnson, G. (2021). Social work education and homelessness: Mobilising academia-industry partnerships to create a homelessness subject In: Australian Social Work, , 1 - 12
- Watson, J.,Nipperess, S.,Johnson, G. (2021). Social Work Education and Homelessness: Mobilising Academia–Industry Partnerships to Create a Homelessness Subject In: Australian Social Work, , 1 - 12
- Watson, J.,Johnson, G.,Taylor, S. (2020). Staying home? Examining longer-term housing outcomes of the Private Rental Access Program (PRAP) In: Unison Housing Melbourne, Australia
- Scutella, R.,Wood, G.,Johnson, G. (2020). Sitting in the waiting room: do people experiencing homelessness underutilize health services? In: Housing and Society, , 1 - 33
- Taylor, S.,Johnson, G.,Watson, J.,Tyrrell, E. (2020). Maximising Impact: Baseline results from a longitudinal study of new tenants in social housing In: Unison Housing Melbourne, Australia
- 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
- Homelessness to a Home (H2H) Evaluation. Funded by: Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund 2018 onwards- Grant from (2021 to 2023)
- 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 2022)
- Leaving Rehab: Enhancing Transitions into Stable Housing. Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2021)
- 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 2021)
- AHURI Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up - Susan Rouch (now Susan McCallum). Funded by: AHURI Scholarships (CAT 1) from (2018 to 2021)
1 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions