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Dr Piret Veeroja

Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Transitions


Dr. Piret Veeroja is a housing researcher, urban planner, and geomatics specialist with a diverse background that spans academia and practical experience. She has held roles at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Her expertise extends beyond academia, as she has also made contributions as a real estate appraiser and land surveyor.

Having completed her Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne in 2019, Dr. Piret has worked at CUT since the start of 2020. Her doctoral research focused on understanding how social and built environments interact, particularly in relation to older adults' overall well-being.

At present, Piret's research centers on the critical role of housing, housing conditions, and aspirations in fostering equitable and thriving cities. She employs advanced quantitative methods and spatial analyses to delve into the connections between housing and various aspects of individuals' health, well-being, and quality of life. Her work is particularly dedicated to addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, including older adults and young people.

Her skill set includes expertise in spatial data analysis and visualization tools like ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, MapInfo, and PowerBI. Additionally, she is skilled in quantitative data manipulation and analysis using tools such as Stata, SPSS, and ABS Tablebuilder.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Also published as: Veeroja, Piret; Veeroja, P.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: A place to call home: understanding young people’s housing needs after involvement with the justice system *; Brian M. Davis Charitable Foundation
  • 2023: Access and Experiences of housing and education among young African refugees resettled in Australia (Student) *; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Kids Under Cover Juvenile Justice Housing Program:  Year One Research Proposal *; Kids Under Cover
  • 2022: Older Australians’ Experiences of Homelessness *; Housing for the Aged Action Group Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Social housing pathways by policy co-design: opportunities for tenant participation in system innovation *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2022: Understanding the administration of Australian housing policy *; Housing for the Aged Action Group Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Evaluation of the Homes Victoria Rental Relief Grant *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • 2021: National predictive models of ‘risk pathways’ to inform housing policy and practice *; AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects
  • 2020: Aboriginal Private Rental Access Project *; Consumer Policy Research Centre - Research Pathways Program
  • 2020: Data and Research Module *; Department of Health and Human Services Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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