Research and Advocacy

To bring evidence and rigour to the services we deliver, Unison has established an applied research partnership with RMIT University. Over five years the research program will investigate issues of urban housing and homelessness.

Headed by the inaugural Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, Guy Johnson, the program at RMIT includes five staff dedicated to our shared research agenda.

The research will look into issues like what puts tenancies at risk; how does housing alleviate disadvantage (beyond the immediate shelter benefits);  what makes a good social mix in neighbourhoods and buildings and what kind of housing works best for different households, in terms of location, density  and size.

Using evidence generated through Unison’s own services and tenancies, the research program will help improve the way we manage and sustain tenancies in the future. It will also help us to create and advocate for housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness.

Over the life of the research program the partnership will produce research reports that we can apply to our work and evidence that will help us to be a better advocate for affordable housing solutions.

The first outputs of the research partnership are expected in late 2017 and will be published on this website.