The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) at RMIT was established in 1999 under the direction of Professor Mike Berry, foundation CEO of the national Institute from 1993 to 1998.
Professor Gavin Wood became AHURI’s Director in 2004 and Professor Robin Goodman took over that role at the start of 2010.
There are three broad streams of research promoted by AHURI around housing, homelessness and cities. It specialises in applied research, particularly in housing and urban planning policy with emphasis on the role of housing in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of cities and regions.
AHURI research projects are funded by the Institute’s core funds and also by external contracts. Projects are approved annually by the Institute’s Board of Members.
The broad research philosophy and objectives of AHURI are:
- To carry out research of the highest quality
- To integrate existing research expertise and resources, and to focus them on areas of high national priority
- To identify research relevant to both policy formulation and implementation
- To monitor current policies and developments and inform the ongoing debate on appropriate alternatives
- To assess the social justice implications of current and proposed policies and processes, recognising the diversity of social need and requirements for equitable access in Australian society.
RMIT’S AHURI fosters opportunities for researchers to exchange information, work collectively and publish locally, nationally and internationally. At the present time it has staff whose work focuses on the links between housing and economics, on housing policy, on urban planning and issues around sustainable cities, on homelessness and on the intersections between housing and labour market issues.
The Institute is committed to strengthening the links between teaching and research staff in the university and promoting a vibrant research culture. This can be achieved by bringing people together in joint activities such as the AHURI seminar program; secondment of staff to AHURI for study leave; involvement of AHURI staff in teaching (guest lectures etc.); and joint publications and grant applications.