Debbie Faulkner

Dr Debbie Faulkner

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I work in the areas of housing and ageing, health, age care, social participation and well-being of older people and the housing of at risk groups in the community including people with a disability, the homeless and women. My research plays a role in raising awareness of the issues confronting these groups in society, and identifying the inequities and conflicts within policy arenas.
I am a social geographer with a research background including undergraduate and post graduate research and work on a range of population related topics including analyses of fertility, mortality, population distribution and change. I began my working life with Professor Graeme Hugo as a researcher on a detailed analysis of the Australian Census for the then Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs co-authoring a number of working papers on the demography and changing trends of Australia’s population. My research is based in quantitative and qualitative research methods and policy analysis including its practical outcomes for individuals and groups in the community.
I have a long history of working collaboratively with a range of organisations and stakeholders in the co-design and ongoing progress of projects. I have strong research leadership and project management skills covering short intensive projects and complex, large scale multi-year projects involving numerous stakeholders. I have completed work on a number of Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) projects as well as projects for a range of Commonwealth and State government departments, local government, and non-government organisations.

My work is designed for an academic audience as well as for government and community organisations and research participants.

My current projects are: Ageing on the edge: Older persons homelessness prevention program, The Adelaide Zero Project to end street homelessness in the inner city of Adelaide, The effects of housing and service provision on the health and well-being of older South Australians, Inquiry into understanding and re-imagining social housing pathways, Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy and Enabling responsive and individual care at home (EnRICH) pilot trial evaluation. I am also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP).

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in social geography; social policy: housing and homelessness, ageing and the environments of ageing; aged care; social interaction; vulnerability.

Current projects include:

  • Ageing on the Edge: Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Program
    This project works to raise awareness of the housing problems facing older people right across the country and encourages the development of older persons’ housing lobby groups, support services and better housing options in every state in Australia. The project has a strong geographic/place based approach. This is a national five year project is funded by the Wicking Trust with the research partners being Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG, Victoria) and CHURP.
     
  • The effects of housing and service provision on the health and wellbeing of older South Australians
    The purpose of this project is to establish an evidence base on the impact of entry into purpose built aged accommodation on the health, wellbeing, attitudes to housing, social connectedness, use of services and survival of older Australians. This research, funded by ECH, seeks to fill the gap in evidence based research on the benefits of age-designed or aged user friendly housing and its surrounding physical environment and location.  
  • Inquiry into understanding and reimagining social housing pathways
    This inquiry aims to untangle, better understand and reimagine social housing pathways. Using systems thinking and drawing on national and international evidence and new empirical data, the project will help in understanding the drivers of social housing pathways and inform effective services, supports and policies. This project funded by the Australian Housing and Research Institute, is a collaborative project between the University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania and the University of New South Wales.
    https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-in-progress/ahuri-inquiries/understanding-and-reimagining-social-housing-pathways 
  • The Adelaide Zero Project
    The aim of this project is to end street homelessness in the inner city of Adelaide. This project began with a research/discussion paper outlining and identifying the key components of the application of a functional zero approach. It identified the need to have a collaborative approach across service providers and all tiers of government. The research paper from this project led to a way forward and CHURP staff have been instrumental to move this project from concept to implementation. The Don Dunstan Foundation auspices this project.
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)
    2015 - 2017 Acting Director, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Flinders University
    2008 - 2010 Deputy Director, AHURI Southern Research Centre Flinders University
    2008 - 2010 Associate Director, Flinders Institute for Housing, Urban and Regional Environments (FIHURE) Flinders University
    2005 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AHURI CRV2 University of South Australia
    2003 - 2004 Project Officer, AHURI Southern Research Centre Flinders University
    2002 - 2005 Administrative Officer, AHURI Southern Research Centre Flinders University
    1999 - 2003 Project Officer, Centre for Ageing Studies Flinders University
    1983 - 1995 Research Assistant/Project Officer for Prof Graeme Hugo and Prof Les Heathcote Flinders University
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1992 Flinders University Australia Master of Arts
    1982 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2011 Group of Eight Future Research Leadership Program University of Adelaide Australia
    2007 Early Career Researcher Development Program University of South Australia Australia
  • Research Interests

Date Project Name Investigators Funding Body Amount
2019 Housing: an effective and appropriate tenure for ageing well? Faulkner D Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute $148,006
2018 - 2022 Impact of purpose built aged accommodation on the wellbeing, health and survival of older Australians, Stage 2 Faulkner D & Cornell V ECH $106,661
2018 - 2019 Inquiry into understanding and reimagining social housing Faulkner D, Muir K, Powell A, Pawson H, Stone W & Flanagan K  Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute $494,096
2018 - 2019 Sub projects - Inquiry Faulkner D, Muir K, Powell A, Pawson H, Stone W & Flanagan K  Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute $132,260
2018 - 2019 Project C The experience of housing pathways to inform policy
Faulkner D, Cornell V, Tually S, Muir K, Meltzer A, Levin I, Flanagan K, Vderdouw J, Vreugdenhil A.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute $167,922
2018 Demographic analysis and projections for the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority 2016-2061 Faulkner D, Lange J &  Rudd D Adelaide Cemeteries Authority $28,200
2018 Enrich pilot interviews and analysis Faulkner D, Cornell V & Barrie H ECH $56,640
2017 - 2021 Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy Faulkner D, Elliott J, Burgess T, Dunbar T, Crawford G, Zivkovic T, Olver I & McKinnon M National Health and Medical Research Council $781,842
2017 Adelaide: Australia’s first zero city: Development of a functional zero model to alleviate chronic homelessness in Adelaide Faulkner D, Tually S,Goodwin-Smith I & Pearson D Don Dunstan Foundation and Department of Premier and Cabinet $83,955
2016 Consumer centred care (CCC) readiness project: identifying gaps and barriers, State of knowledge rapid review Faulkner D, Tually S & Lewis J Red Cross $10,000
2015 - 2021  The older persons homelessness prevention project Faulkner D & Fiedler J Equity Trustees for the J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust $1,300,000
2014 - 2016 The role of private rental support programs in housing outcomes for vulnerable Australians   Faulkner D, Tually S, Oakley S & Slatter M Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute $191,364
2013 - 2017 The rise of the consumer: engagement of older people with consumer directed care Faulkner D, Beer A, Beilby J & Karnon J Australian Research Council Linkage $474,823
2013 - 2015 Future Housing and Support Needs of People with Dementia Faulkner D, Gabriel M, Stirling C & Lloyd B Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute $121,695
2013 Ageing in a foreign land Faulkner D & Fiest H Faculty Active Grant Scheme $4,000
2012 - Faulkner D & Beer A Faculty Competitive Grant Support Scheme $7,140
2012 Pathways of Older People into Hospital Emergency Departments, Part B Faulkner D & Beer A ECH $52,506
2011 - 2017 Impact of purpose built aged accommodation on the wellbeing, health and survival of older Australians, ECH Faulkner D, Beer A & Lester L ECH $365,750
2011 - 2015 Emerging from the shadows: the evaluation of intervention strategies to reduce social isolation amongst the aged
Faulkner D, Beer A, Buys L, Lewin G, Bentley R & Tinker A 
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant $711,114
2011 Pathways of Older People into Hospital Emergency Departments, Part A Faulkner D; Beer A & Baker E ECH $19,722
2011 Evaluation of the homelessness reforms South Australia – stream one: achieving sustainable housing outcomes Faulkner D, Beer A, Baulderstone J, Lester L & Peters Dept for Families and Communities SA Govt $124,630
2011 Evaluation of the homelessness reforms South Australia – stream two: reducing Aboriginal homelessness Faulkner D, Beer A, Baulderstone J, Lester L & Peters Dept for Families and Communities SA Govt $73,755
2011 Older people’s community engagement in South Australia Faulkner D, Beer A & McLouglin L COTA SA and Resthaven $83,807
2010 - 2011 Instability in the Housing Circumstances of Newly Arrived Humanitarian Entrants and the Implications for the Homelessness Service System: A Scoping Study Faulkner D, Tually S, Beer A & Slatter S FaHCSIA $129,705
2010 Evaluation of the Case Work Support Initiative Faulkner D, Tually S, Baulderstone J & Geuenich L Dept for Families and Communities (Housing SA) SA Gov $38,231
2009 Visiting Research Fellow Allocation for Professor Chris Paris, University of Ulster Faulkner D & Beer A Flinders University $3,099
2009 Residential Decision Making Strategies of People Aged 55 Years and Over: A Preliminary Evidence Base Faulkner D Flinders University $7,782
2009 An Assessment of the Likely Future Demand for Affordable Housing in the Adelaide City Council and Advice in Regards to the Best Location for Affordable Housing and Policy Options to Meet Demand Faulkner D, Beer A, Baker E, Lockwood, Kroehn M & Cutler C City of Adelaide $47,850
2008 Women, Domestic Violence and Homelessness Faulkner D, Tually S, Slatter M & Cutler C Office for Women FaCHSIA $29,755
2008 Aspirations and Expectations of Older Cohorts in South Australia Stage 3 Faulkner D, Beer A, Baker E & Tually S ECH $46,280
2007 Scoping the Opportunities for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) to Contribute to the Supply of Affordable Housing Faulkner D & Maginn P DFC SA govt $30,744
2007 Aspirations and Expectations of Older Cohorts in South Australia Stage 2 Faulkner D & Beer A ECH $113,952
2006 Aspirations and Expectations of Older Cohorts in South Australia Stage1 Faulkner D, Beer A & Baker E ECH $24,633
2006 Ageing Atlas Faulkner D, Beer A, Tually S & Baker E PlanningSA $42,000
2006 Housing Needs of an Ageing Population Report 2 Faulkner D & Beer A City of Onkaparinga $7,260
2006 Housing Needs of an Ageing Population Report 1 Faulkner D & Beer A City of Onkaparinga $7,250
2003 Factors That Make Housing More Suitable for Older People Faulkner D, Luszcz M, Van Emden, Sheppard, Barrington & Findlay DFC SA Govt $51,050

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Advance Care Planning in CaLD Contexts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rachael Anne De Haas
    2015 Principal Supervisor Homelessness in 1979 - 1989 What Policies Worked or Failed in Australia, the UK and the US, What Lessons Can We Learn? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Amanda Louise Tsoundarou
    2015 Co-Supervisor Homeless and Young: Identifying the diverse issues young people with families face when homeless in Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Thomas Steeples
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Our Daily Bread: The Role of Soup Kitchens in 21st Century Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Victoria Louise Skinner
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Housing Cooperatives: The lived experience in an alternative tenure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Michael Bunce
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - 2019 Member Homelessness Action Plan Reference Group to develop an Aged Care Diversity Framework Action Plan for Older Australians Experiencing, or at Risk of Homelessness for the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP auspiced by Housing for the Aged Action Group Commonwealth Department of Health Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Housing and the Built Environment Special Interest Group Australian Association of Gerontology Australia
    2016 - 2017 Member Faculty of Arts Research Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - 2016 Member Roundtable on Housing COTA SA Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Committee of Management Don Dunstan Foundation Australia
    2011 - 2011 Member Australasian Housing Researchers Conference Planning Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Gerontology (SA) AAG Australia
    2008 - 2009 Member Steering Committee for project Good Practice working with Aboriginal Women and Children experiencing family violence Southern Domestic Violence Services and Nunga Mi Inc and Ninko Kurtangga Patpangga Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - 2019 Editor Encyclopedia of Gerontology United Nations United States
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83133230
  • Email: debbie.faulkner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 07
  • Org Unit: Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning

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