Workshop on Homelessness and Housing Insecurity

Thursday 13 March 2014 at the University of Melbourne


Although efforts have been made to eliminate homelessness in much of the developed world, homelessness remains a cause for concern. In Australia, even after making substantial investments to improve the supply of, and access to, affordable housing the number of people homeless in Australia remains persistently high with 105,237 people counted as being homeless on Census night in 2011.  Join us in this workshop with leading international researchers to discuss the latest research on homelessness and housing insecurity. Topics will address both the determinants and consequences of housing vulnerability, and importantly what we can learn from international approaches to prevent homelessness.

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9.00-9.30am Registration
9.30 - 10.30am Session 1
9.30 - 9.40am Chair: Deborah Cobb-Clark
9.40 - 10.30am

What can we learn from homelessness in the USA?

Brendan O'Flaherty

10.30 - 11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am - 12.30pm Session 2
Chair: Justin van de Ven

Homelessness duration dependence

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Nicolas Hérault, Rosanna Scutella and Yi-Ping Tseng

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Discussant: Gavin Wood

Housing insecurity and labour market insecurity

Sharon Parkinson

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Discussant: Mark Wooden
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3.00pm Session 3
Chair: Yi-Ping Tseng

Smoking and drinking patterns in a vulnerable population

Christopher Magee

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Discussant: Tim Moore

Substance use and homelessness

Julia Moschion, Duncan McVicar and Jan van Ours

Discussant: David Ribar
3.00 - 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30 - 5.00pm Session 4
Chair: Guyonne Kalb

Psychological distress and homeless duration

Rosanna Scutella and Guy Johnson

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Discussant: Francisco Azpitarte

Child violence, later homelessness and revictimisation

Guy Johnson, Rosanna Scutella and Yi-Ping Tseng

Discussant: Anna Zhu
5.30pm Drinks and informal dinner