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Professor Kath Hulse

Director, Centre for Urban Transitions


Kath Hulse is Director of the Centre for Urban Transitions and research professor in housing studies. Her primary research interest is in the housing and urban drivers and consequences of economic, social, political and cultural change. Kath has a particualar interest in housing processes and social change in Australia and internationally. She has a strong track record as leader of research projects and has obtained many national competitive grants and is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate students. Kath was the academic leader of annual symposia for PhD students in the AHURI network of universities (2003-2013) and was Director of the Swinburne-Monash Research Centre of AHURI (2004-10) and Co-leader Sustainable Cities in the Swinburne Institute for Social Research 2010-2016. She was a Director of not for profit housing organisations (2001-2012). Prior to her academic career, she also had extensive, high level experience in policy development, research and program management in government.

Research interests

Housing and Urban Studies; Private rental; Housing policy; Affordable housing; Housing wealth

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Housing and affordability: Australia is confronting a range of severe housing problems including affordability, homelessness, shortages of supply, indigenous issues and fitting new housing into existing cities. We are looking to initiate research projects on the causes of these housing problems, their impacts, opportunities for new forms of urban housing and the need for reform in public and private housing.

Fields of Research

  • Urban And Regional Planning - 120500
  • Sociology - 160800


  • 2016, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016, National, Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
  • 2006, National, Carrick Institute Award Citation for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’ , Swinburne Institute of Technology


Also published as: Hulse, Kath; Hulse, K.; Hulse, Kathleen
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Changes in the supply of affordable rental housin in Australian cities, 2011-2016 *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2017: AHURI top-up scholarship - Phillip Soos *; AHURI Postgraduate Research Scholarship Top-Up
  • 2017: Digital and disruptive: the prospects for technology-enabled change in housing policy and assistance *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2016: An Australian Housing Condition Data Infrastructure *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2016: Innovation and change in the institutions of private rental housing: an international review *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2016: The Future of the Private Rental Sector *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2015: An individualised welfare approach to housing assistance: conceptual foundations and international experience:Rooming house futures: governing for growth, fairness and transparency *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2015: CRCLCL: A virtual market for analysing the uptake of energy efficiency measures in residential and commercial sectors *; CRC for Low Carbon Living - Grant
  • 2015: The role of investor landlords in restructuring Australias major cities. *; ARC Discovery Projects - Grant applications for funding commencing in 2015
  • 2014: Media and communication strategies to achieve carbon reduction through renovation of Australia's existing housing *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2014: Stuck here forever? The dynamics and social consequences of long-term private renting in Australia *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2011: Addressing Concentrations of Disadvantage *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2011: Understanding leadership, strategy and organisational dynamics in the not-for-profit housing sector *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2010: A community study of early intervention for at-risk young people - 'The Geelong Study' *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: Early Intervention Strategies to reduce the need for women and children to make repeated use of refuge and other crisis accommodation *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: On the margins: Caravan park dwellers and boarding house residents *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program
  • 2010: The role of the Street to Home (S2H) program in providing pathways out of homelessness for adult rough sleepers *; Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention program

* Chief Investigator