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
- Kertesz, S.,Johnson, G. (2017). Housing first: lessons from the US and challenges for Australia In: Australian Economic Review, 50, 220 - 228
- Scutella, R.,Johnson, G. (2017). Psychological distress and homeless duration In: Housing Studies, , 1 - 22
- Johnson, G.,Grigg, S.,Tseng, Y. (2016). Using a randomised controlled to evaluate an innovative homelessness intervention: the J2SI pilot In: Creating and Implementing Public Policy, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Johnson, G.,Cook, K.,Sesa, S. (2016). Engaging young people: Using the pathways young people take in and out of homelessness as the foundationfor a person centred service culture In: Melbourne City Mission Melbourne, Australia
- Johnson, G.,Pleace, N. (2016). How do we measure success in homelessness services? Critically Assessing the rise of the outcomes star In: European Journal of Homelessness, 10, 31 - 51
- Herault, N.,Johnson, G. (2016). Homelessness in Australia: Service reform and research in the 21st century In: European Journal of Homelessness, 10, 127 - 144
- Johnson, G.,Parkinson, S.,Tseng, Y.,Kuehnle, D. (2015). Sustaining exits from long-term homeleness: A randomised controlled trial examining the 48 month social and economic outcomes from the Journey to Social Inclusion pilot program In: Sacred Heart Mission Melbourne, Australia
- Johnson, G.,Scutella, R.,Tseng, Y.,Wood, G. (2015). Entries and exits from homelessness: a dynamic analysis of the relationship between structural conditions and individual characteristics In: AHURI Final Report Series - Project:The interrelationship between structural factors and individual risk factors in explaining homelessness - AHURI Final Report No. 248, 248, 1 - 67
- Chamberlain, C.,Johnson, G. (2015). Melbourne: The stigma of homelessness and the search for community In: Searching for Community: Melbourne to Delhi, Manohar Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi
- Chamberlain, C.,Johnson, G. (2015). How many Australians have slept rough? In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50, 439 - 457
- Ending long-term homelessness permanently: How to make effective links between housing and long-term support. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2014 Round 1 from (2015 to 2017)
- 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)
- Homelessness and 'Housing First': Issues for Australian policy and practice - Essay. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants pre-2014 from (2011 to 2011)
- Breaking the cycle: the role of housing and support in resolving chronic homelessness. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grant 2010 Round 2 from (2010 to 2014)
- AHURI Top-Up Scholarship - Naomi Bailey. Funded by: AHURI Top-Up Scholarship (part of the National Housing research Program) pre- 2014 from (2010 to 2013)
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