The HOME Research Hub is made up of 30 Deakin researchers from across seven disciplinary schools. We apply a broad range of expertise to help understand and tackle “wicked” housing and social problems.
HOME’s in-house expertise spans the following areas:
- built environment, architecture, universal design, sustainability, urban planning
- health, mental health, disability, Indigenous communities, ageing, occupational therapy
- law, business, economics, statistics, property, strata title
- social sciences, humanities, human geography, anthropology
- housing, homelessness, social inclusion, place-making
- creative arts, communications, community engagement
- action research, systems thinking, co-design, data collection and analysis
- project management, philanthropy, fundraising, program evaluation
Leadership and governance
An eleven-member Steering Committee, including four core leaders representing each Faculty, leads the strategic development, governance and monitoring of HOME’s research program. The Steering Committee is supported by an Advisory Board, made up of external stakeholders with specific expertise, who offer input and advice.
Professor Richard Tucker has published close to 100 outputs on: sustainable design, urban design, the pedagogy of architectural design, the impact of sustainable design on children’s environmental behaviours, and the relationship between health and the built environment. His work has involved substantial competitive grant-funded projects (15 investigations, funded for over $2 million) including nine as project leader. He was Associate Head of Research in Architecture and Built Environment for six years. His teaching innovation, which is closely aligned with his research, was recognised in 2011 when he became only the second academic in the discipline of Architecture to be awarded the prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence.
Residential satisfaction in low-density Australian suburbs: the impact of social and physical context on neighbourhood contentment
Abass, Zainab Ibrahim and Tucker, Richard 2018, Residential satisfaction in low-density Australian suburbs: the impact of social and physical context on neighbourhood contentment, Journal of environmental psychology, vol. 56, pp. 36-45, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.02.005.http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30106960
White picket fences & other features of the suburban physical environment: correlates of neighbourhood attachment in 3 Australian low-density suburbs
Abass, Zainab and Tucker, Richard 2018, White picket fences & other features of the suburban physical environment: correlates of neighbourhood attachment in 3 Australian low-density suburbs, Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 170, pp. 231-240, doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.10.004.http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30104757
Evaluating universal design in built environments – a scoping project
Watchorn, Valerie, Grant, Cathryn, Tucker, Richard, Hitch, Danielle, Frawley, Patricia, Ang, Susan, Aedy, Kathryn and Gohil, Apeksha 2018, Evaluating universal design in built environments – a scoping project, in UDHEIT2018 : Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education : Proceedings of the Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress, IOS Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 689-695, doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-689.http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30115036
Fiona Andrews, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development, Co-Leader of the Deakin Research Hub HOME, and a member of the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE). She has research interests and publications on the relationship between neighbourhoods, housing, health and families, with a particular focus on parents of preschool-aged children. She lectures on healthy cities; family health and well-being; health, place and planning.
High-rise parenting: experiences of parents raising young children in private, high density housing in inner city Melbourne
Andrews, Fiona, Warner, Elyse and Robson, Belinda 2018, High-rise parenting: experiences of parents raising young children in private, high density housing in inner city Melbourne, Cities & health, doi: 10.1080/23748834.2018.1483711. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30112509
“A tapestry without instructions.” Lived experiences of community in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia
Andrews, Fiona J., Johnson, Louise and Warner, Elyse 2018, “A tapestry without instructions.” Lived experiences of community in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia, Journal of urbanism, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 257-276, doi: 10.1080/17549175.2017.1363077. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30102508
Mothers’ ideals and experiences of raising children in inner and outer suburban Melbourne, Australia
Andrews, Fiona, Shelley, Julia, Rich, Stephanie and James, Alexandra 2018, Mothers’ ideals and experiences of raising children in inner and outer suburban Melbourne, Australia, Community, work and family, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 17-32, doi: 10.1080/13668803.2016.1192526. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30086598
Dr Louise Johnson is Professor in Australian Studies and Geography. She is one of four leaders of HOME, and is based in the Arts and Education Faculty. She has researched the gendered nature of suburban houses, changing manufacturing workplaces, and the dynamics of Australian regional economies. Her PhD was on the textile industry in Geelong and she has continued to research and publish on this regional centre. Major publications include Suburban Dreaming (DUP 1994), Placebound: Australian Feminist Geographies (OUP 2000), Cultural Capitals: Revaluing the Arts. Remaking Urban Spaces (Ashgate 2009) and Planning in Indigenous Australia: From Imperial Foundations to Postcolonial Futures (Taylor and Francis 2018, with Sue Jackson and Libby Porter). She is currently researching social and spatial polarisation in Geelong, affordable housing and post-colonial planning.
Dismantling the domestic fortress
Johnson, L 2018, ‘Dismantling the domestic fortress’, Housing, theory and society, vol. 35, pp. 379– 381, doi:10.1080/14036096.2017.1362535 http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30102621
“A tapestry without instructions.” Lived experiences of community in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia
Andrews, F, Johnson, L & Warner,E 2018, ‘“A tapestry without instructions.” Lived experiences of community in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia’, Journal of Urbanism, vol. 11, pp.257–276, doi:10.1080/17549175.2017.1363077 http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30102528
The centrality of the Australian suburb: mobility challenges and responses by outer suburban residents of Melbourne
Johnson, L, Andrews, F& Warner,E 2017, ‘The centrality of the Australian suburb: mobility challenges and responses by outer suburban residents of Melbourne’, Urban Policy and Research, vol. 35, pp.409–423, doi:10.1080/08111146.2016.1221813 http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30086392
Dr Nicole Johnston is an admitted Legal Practitioner currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Deakin Business School. Nicole is a socio-legal researcher focusing on aspects of multi-owned properties (strata and community titling) including governance, conflicts of interest, legal relationships, building compliance and information disclosures. Nicole works closely with industry to develop research projects that have real-world impacts for communities living within property schemes. She is the organiser of the International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties and Chair of the Multi-owned Properties Research Hub, a platform for researchers and industry to share research.
Susan is an architect academic with over 25 years of professional experience in project initiation, coordination, negotiation of agreements, implementation, management and evaluation including leadership of multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams and substantive ground experience in community projects utilising community engagement processes. Her work is inspired by intrinsic personal transcultural heritage and identity. Susan champions socially responsive community empowered architecture and has led teaching and learning in inclusive and inter-professional design that lies at the intersection of architecture and social inclusion.
Facilitating rural community participation in the design of an Anganwadi centre in Ajjarkad, Udupi, India
Ang, S, NR Devi & G Karunasena (2019), Facilitating rural community participation in the design of an Anganwadi centre in Ajjarkad, Udupi, India”, in W Leah Filho (ed.) Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 493-509.
Evaluating Universal Design in Built Environments – A Scoping Project
Watchorn, V., Grant, C., Tucker, R., Hitch, D., Frawley, P., Ang, S., Aedy, K. & Gohil, A., (2018), Evaluating Universal Design in Built Environments – A Scoping Project., Vol. 256, pp. 689-695, Studies in health technology and informatics. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-923-2-689. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30115036
Intercultural dialogue through design (iDiDe): a model of intercultural collaboration and student engagement
Ang, S (2017), Intercultural dialogue through design (iDiDe): a model of intercultural collaboration and student engagement. In Student Engagement and Participation: concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications (Vol.1, pp 177-202). Hershey, P.A.: IGI Global. 10.4018/978-1-5225-0726-0.ch011. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30090177
Catherine Bennett is the foundation Chair in Epidemiology, and Head of the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. She focuses on population-based research of both chronic and communicable diseases and leads the first longitudinal population-based cohort study of antibiotic resistance and staph infections in the community. Catherine takes a systems approach to understanding and addressing population level determinants of health, and collaborates with industry, government and universities globally. She is the recipient of a national award for teaching excellence and the Council of Academic Public Health Australia inaugural award for Strategic Achievement.
Dr Patsie Frawley is the Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Deakin University’s postgraduate program in Disability and Inclusion. Patsie undertakes research on inclusion for people with disabilities in public life, access to services, in particular for women with disabilities and research and advocacy on sexuality rights for people with disabilities.
David Boarder Giles is a Lecturer in Anthropology. His ethnographic research explores cultural economies of food insecurity, waste, homelessness, and publicness in the global city.
Claire’s research investigates how homes can be connected to nature. In particular, Claire conducts mixed methods research on the health benefits of contact with nature.
Sustainable high-rise developments : factors impacting on residents’ health and well-being
Henderson-Wilson, Claire 2010, Sustainable high-rise developments: factors impacting on residents’ health and well-being. In Abdel-Hadi, Aleya, Tolba, Mostafa K. and Soliman, Salah (ed), Environment, health, and sustainable development, Hogrefe & Huber, Toronto, Ont., pp.59-72.
Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?
Patrick, Rebecca, Noy, Sue and Henderson-Wilson, Claire 2016, Urbanisation, climate change and health equity: how can health promotion contribute?, International journal of health promotion and education, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 34-49, doi: 10.1080/14635240.2015.1057653.
Greening the city: the health evidence of urban nature
Townsend, Mardie and Henderson-Wilson, Claire 2017, Greening the city: the health evidence of urban nature. In de Leeuw, Evelyne and Simos, Jean (ed), Healthy cities: the theory, policy, and practice of value-based urban planning, Springer, New York, N.Y., pp.375-394, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6694-3_15.
Dr. Danielle Hitch is an occupational therapist with expertise in knowledge translation. Her research focus includes universal design, the built environment needs of people with mental health problems and social disadvantage and environments that support the capacity of all citizens to engage in personally meaningful occupation.
Associate Professor Ursula de Jong
Valerie Watchorn is an occupational therapist with a research interest in the areas of environmental accessibility, universal design and people’s use of assistive technology.
Dr. Angela Kreutz conducts research on people-centred design and the creation of humanistic cities that provide physical and social accessibility for all ages.
Dr Justin Lawson is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development. With a background in rural industry, natural resource management and environmental science, he undertakes research on contact with nature in the Health Nature and Sustainability Research Group.
Dr Mirjana Lozanovska
Dr Meg Mundell is a cultural geographer and novelist with a background in journalism, policy and advocacy. Her academic work focuses on place, spatial justice and narratives of homelessness. Meg runs “We Are Here”, a research project exploring understandings of place amongst people who have experienced homelessness, and is the editor of We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place and Belonging, a collection of writings by people from this diverse community (out October 2019, with Affirm Press). A former deputy editor of The Big Issue Australia, Meg has written about homelessness for The Age, The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald; her second novel, The Trespassers (UQP), is out in August 2019. She is currently a Research Fellow in Writing and Literature, and a member of HOME’s steering committee.
Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin is an occupational therapist and the Course Director of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Genevieve is interested in the relationships between mental health and ill-health, the environment (that is accessible, adapted and safe), and participation in meaningful occupations in people of all ages.
Beau is Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. He has years of built environment consultancy and academic experience working on a variety of projects in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, The United States, Norway, México, Colombia, Nepal and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. His research revolves around developing an understanding in how people derive meaning from the natural and built environment and realise places in these settings.
Paul has a discipline background in architecture, and during the thirty-five years of his career as both a professional architect and academic has engaged deeply across many areas of the built environment and design disciplines. He has established expertise as an architect and urban designer (1988-2010) through a range of architectural, urban, and community projects and has extensive design experience through built work, as well as international design competitions.
Throughout his academic career, he has paid special attention to the needs of developing a more sustainable and socially responsive architecture. This attitude to the discipline was developed through fifteen years as an architect and academic in South Africa, and has been honed during fourteen years in Brisbane. His training was at Kingston Polytechnic, UK, where the academic currency was design quality and rigor. As such, he has accumulated rich experience of living and working in three continents. Paul’s pursuit of research is founded on his discipline expertise, and he has published in a number of international journals in the fields of architecture and urban design. His service record is evidence of his ability to impact on the wider community and, as such, he believes it imperative to embolden the current generation of students to issues of social equity.
Recently his research has been industry focused following two consecutive Innovation Connections Grants ($100,000) that investigated the Culture, Management and Design of Fulton Trotter Architects. This has subsequently led to the development and successful award of a 5-year NHMRC Ideas Grant ($1,156,152) titled An Intergenerational Learning and Living Campus: A New Model for Healthy Senior Living and Integrated School Communities across Urban and regional Australia in which Paul is a Chief Investigator.
Director, Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory
nitially trained as a speech pathologist in the UK, Professor Balandin completed her PhD in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has published over 110 articles in peer reviewed international journals and 20+ book chapters. Her research interests centre on adults with lifelong disability with a particular focus on participation of those with little or no functional speech who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and those who are ageing. She has conducted research into health interactions for adults who need AAC including several studies on interactions between this group of adults and staff in hospitals. She has studied the impact of dysphagia on those who are ageing with cerebral palsy and has also explored a range of issues around friendships and loneliness for both adults and children who use AAC.
Deakin Business School
I am a writer and academic active across the borderlines of academia and public spaces of discourse and impact and my expertise straddles creative-arts practice and various modes of academic-disciplinary and cultural theory.
Jennifer Loy is Professor of Additive Manufacturing in the School of Engineering, Deakin University. Her specialisation is design for additive manufacturing (3D printing), focussing on personalised products and industry transformation for a digital age. Prior to her role at Deakin, Jennifer was Professor of Product Design at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and before that Professor of Industrial Design in Griffith University (GU).
Her experience includes Deputy Director of the GU Centre for Creative Arts Research and research theme leader at UTS in Transformative Technologies (digital) across Design, Architecture and Building. She is an Adjunct Professor of the Menzies Health Institute and was a founder member of the Gold Coast Orthopaedic Research and Education Alliance (GU). Jennifer leads the postgraduate additive manufacturing specialisation at Deakin and is leader of the 3DEC Design for Additive Manufacturing Lab focussed on ProActive Living research.
Elizabeth’s research interests are: international trade policy, public finance, choice and welfare, and the economics of disability.
Dr Thornton is an Associate Professor within the Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (IPAN) at Deakin University, Australia. His training spans the disciplines of social science, geography, epidemiology, and public health. Dr Thornton currently leads a program of research exploring associations between neighbourhood environments and health behaviours with a focus on food environments and food behaviours. He has been invited to contribute to several policy-documents aimed at the development of health-promoting built environments.
research interests include fintech and real estate.
Jerry Liang is a Lecturer of Property and Real Estate in the Department of Finance in Deakin Business School. Jerry completed his PhD of Property from the University of Auckland in 2016. He has also completed the Certificate of Higher Education in February of 2018. His research has been published in property academic journals and conferences. Jerry’s teaching interests include Property Investment, Advanced Property Valuation, Statutory Valuation and Advanced Property Development.
Manager, Strategic Research Services, Arts & Ed
Trust and Foundations Manager
HOME Research Hub Project Manager