Society and Heritage
This research stream explores how changes in society and the natural environment interact and seeks to integrate environmental values within social practices and policy.
It explores the ethnohistoric and documentary evidence for change in socio-ecological systems to understand the legacies that operate and influence natural systems today.
By drawing on socio-cultural evidence, this stream will validate complimentary approaches and strengthen knowledge banks for environmental restoration practice. It will seek to integrate environmental values and research outcomes into economic, political and health systems.
Research stream leaders
Institute of Education, Arts and Community
Social work, community and human services
- Mental health and wellbeing including substance use and youth
- Social inclusion and accessibility including education, employment and housing affordability
- Violence and abuse including elder abuse, gender equality and cultural safety
- Loss, grief and trauma including suicide
- Conflict management and mediation, choice and decision-making, and consumer-directed care for older people
Professor George Earl
Construction/property economics, housing affordability and sustainable living
- Dr Mathew Abbott
- Dr Verity Archer
- Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter
- Associate Professor Fred Cahir
- Dr Margaret Camilleri
- Dr Angela Campbell
- Dr Clement Chihota
- Dr Gopi Chattopadhyay
- Associate Professor Jerry Courvisanos
- Dr Kristen Davis
- Dr Meagan Dewar
- Associate Professor Singarayer Florentine
- Dr Anitra Goriss-Hunter
- Associate Professor Abdel Halabi
- Dr Tim Harrison, Honorary Associate Professor
- Michelle Hood
- Associate Professor Carolyn Johnstone
- Trent Kooyman
- Dr Christine Lee
- Dr Zeb Leonard
- Dr Suryani Lim
- Damien McCartin
- Dr Kelsey McDonald
- Dr David McGinniss
- Dr Giles Oatley
- Associate Professor Ean Ooi
- Eva Orr
- Dr Goetz Ottmann
- Christine Peacock
- Dr Cassie Pedersen
- Dr Jessica Reeves
- Professor Keir Reeves
- Michelle Rossi
- Dr Christina Sadowski
- Associate Professor Jeremy Smith
- Dr Kay Steel
- Dr Alana Thomson
- Mr Matthew Thorley, ARC Anangu Futures Linkage Research Associate
- Dr Cathy Tischler
- Dr David Waldron
- Dr Shaun Watson
- Associate Professor Carole Wilson
- Professor Wendy Wright
- Associate Professor Elisa Zentveld
- Dr Lauren Zeuschner
Horsham Research Hub
The Horsham Research Hub aims to support economic and social change in rural and regional communities, in partnership with the community, industry, local government and state and federal agencies.
Sustainable living and housing hub
The sustainable living and housing research hub aims to a leader in the facilitation of sustainable living and place making by creating a knowledge hub where national and international organisations with a passion for on the ground delivery of equitable and sustainable living environments can collaborate.
The sustainable living and housing research hub is dedicated to providing an evidence base to facilitate this process by the creation of the 4 P’s platform: Partnerships, Policy, Pathways and Place.
The sustainable living and housing research hub focuses on three themes:
- Sustainable living – The Hub explores innovative ways to address living environments of demography, geography, and social wellbeing. It explores areas where market failure exists and looks for alternative approaches to improve living environments.
- Housing supply and demand – The Hub applies evidence-based approaches to understand and address housing exclusion and marginalisation due to housing type, affordability and supply across various housing careers.
- Housing finance and investment - The hub applies evidence-based approaches to understand and address housing finance and investment and associated supply risks in various housing tenure applications.
Professor George Earl, Professor of Housing Economics
Professor George Earl has a doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in Institutional Investment in low income. George conducts research in various topics associated with sustainable living and housing, particularly associated with the low and social housing sectors both in Australia and overseas.
George has over 20 years’ experience as a construction economist, value manager and property development economics during which time he was associated with project valued at over 5 billion dollars. Additionally, George has for the pasts 32 years has held senior academic positions at number of prestigious Universities in Australia and Asia, including as Dean of Business, Technology and Sustainable Development at Bond University
During George's academic career he has conducted research, receiving grants in excess of $6 million, which includes four ARC Grants. This research has resulted in the publishing of over 90 academic papers, twenty government strategy reports, two books and four computer software packages.
Finally, George has for the past 13 years has held senior part-time roles the not-for-profit community housing sector
George has qualifications in quantity surveying, property development, project management and finance.