School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Debbie is a social geographer with a strong interest and experience in population related issues, ageing, and housing as it relates to vulnerability in the community. Debbie has 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. She began her 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.
Over time her research focus and expertise has been more specifically based around various aspects of housing and ageing, access to services, social connectedness and health and wellbeing of the older population and more recently examining the living experiences and circumstances of vulnerable groups (for example homelessness and risk of homelessness), raising awareness of the issues confronting these groups in society, and identifying the inequities and conflicts within policy arenas. Most of my research occurs in conjunction with industry partners and involves working with service providers, the community, and advisory groups to advocate for change to improve the life chances and circumstances of people.
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 wellbeing of older South Australians, Inquiry into understanding and reimagining 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.
- 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.
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
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)
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
Year Citation 2019 Faulkner, D. R., Tually, S., & Cornell, V. (2019). Housing vulnerable populations in Australia. In M. Moos (Ed.), Housing: Local dynamics in a global age. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2018 Faulkner, D. R., Barrie Fiest, H., & Lewis, J. (2018). Ageing research in Australia: reflecting on Graeme Hugo's four decades of contribution. In N. Klocker, & O. Dun (Eds.), Population, Migration and Settlement in Australia and the Asia-Pacifc (pp. 27-44). Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge. 2017 Faulkner, D. R. (2017). Housing and the environments of ageing. In K. O'Louhglin, C. Browning, & H. Kendig (Eds.), Ageing in Australia Challenges and Opportunities (Vol. 16, 1 ed., pp. 173-191). New York: Springer. 2013 Beer, A., & Faulkner, D. (2013). The housing transitions of young people in Australia: change, continuity and challenge. In R. Forrest, & N. Yip (Eds.), Young people and housing: transitions, trajectories and generational fractures (1 ed., pp. 64-88). Oxon: Routledge.
Year Citation 2017 Cornell, V., Faulkner, D., Byles, J., Tavener, M., Kingdon-Barbosa, S., & Iso, S. (2017). Pre-conference workshop – ‘Late life changes in housing: choices, enablers and barriers to ageing in place’. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Association of Gerontology 2017 National Conference. Perth.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2017 Cornell, V., Faulkner, D., Thredgold, C., Beer, A., Beilby, J., & Karnon, J. (2017). The Rise of the Consumer: engagement of older people with consumer directed care, Preliminary Findings, ARC Linkage Project LP130100045. 2017 Tually, S., Skinner, V., Faulkner, D., & Goodwin-Smith, I. (2017). The Adelaide Zero Project" ending street homelessness in the inner city. Adelaide: Don Dunstan Foundation. 2017 Fiedler, J., & Faulkner, D. (2017). Finding a suitable home for older people at risk of homelessness in South Australia. Australia: Housing for the Aged Action Group and the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. 2017 Fiedler, J., & Faulkner, D. (2017). 'The older I get the scarier it becomes' Older people at risk of homelessness in New South Wales. Australia: Housing for the Aged Action Group and The Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. 2015 Cornell, V., Faulkner, D., Beer, A., Karnon, J., & Beilby, J. (2015). The Rise of the Consumer: Engagement of Older People with Consumer Directed
REPORT OF SERVICE PROVIDER ONLINE SURVEY.
2015 Faulkner, D., & Beer, A. (2015). The effect of housing and service provision on the health and wellbeing of older Australians,. Adelaide. 2013 Faulkner, D., & Paris, C. (2013). The effect of housing and service provision on the health and wellbeing of older Australians, Baseline survey of community residents 2012. Adelaide. 2013 Faulkner, D., Law, J., & Beer, A. (2013). Pathways of older people into hospital emergency departments. 2012 Faulkner, D., & Law, J. (2012). Community participation of older South Australians. Adelaide: University of Adelaide. 2012 Faulkner, D., & Baulderstone, J. (2012). Evaluation of the South Australian Reforms under the National partnership Agreement on Homelessness: Achieving sustainable housing outcomes and reducing Aboriginal homelessness, Mid term evaluation report. Adelaide. 2012 Tually, S., Faulkner, D., & Thwaites-Tregilgas, E. (2012). Instability in the housing circumstances of newly arrived humanitarian entrants and the implications for the homelessness service system, a scoping study, final report. Canberra: Department for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indi. 2011 Hugo, G., Buckley, J., Faulkner, D., Feist, H., O'Dwyer, L., & Parker, K. (2011). Recommendations in response to a request from the advisory panel on the economic potential of senior Australians. Adelaide. 2011 Hugo, G., Buckley, J., O'Dwyer, L., & Faulkner, D. (2011). Submission in response to the first report of the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians. Adelaide. 2011 Tually, S., & Faulkner, D. (2011). Instability in the housing circumstances of newly arrived humanitarian entrants and the implications for the homelessness service system: a scoping study, literature review and preliminary empirical investigations. 2011 Faulkner, D., Tually, S., Geuenich, L., & Baulderstone, J. (2011). Evaluation of the Housing SA Case Work Support Initiative (Qualitative Outcomes). 2009 Beer, A., Baker, E., Faulkner, D., Lockwood, T., Kroehn, M., & Cutler, C. (2009). An assessment of the future need for affordable housing in the City of Adelaide, Its potential location and the policy options to meet that need, Final Report. Adelaide. 2009 Beer, A., Faulkner, D., Baker, E., Tually, S., Raftery, P., & Cutler, C. (2009). Our homes, our communities: the aspirations and expectations of older people in South Australia. ECH. 2009 Beer, A., & Faulkner, D. (2009). The housing careers of people with a disability and carers of people with a disability, NRV2 @1st Century Housing Careers and Australia's Housing Future, Research Report. Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. 2009 Faulkner, D., & Maginn, P. (2009). Scoping the opportunities fro accessory dwelling units (ADU) to contribute to the supply of affordable housing. Adelaide. 2008 Tually, S., Faulkner, D., Cutler, C., & Slatter, M. (2008). Women, domestic violence and homelessness: A synthesis report. Canberra. 2008 Raftery, P., Faulkner, D., & Beer, A. (2008). Aspirations and expectations of older age cohorts in South Australia, Research Report stage 2b, Placing the outcomes of the ECH survey in a national context. 2008 Beer, A., Tually, S., Faulkner, D., Baker, E., & Cutler, C. (2008). Aspirations and Expectations of Older Age Cohorts in South Australia, Research Report Stage 3, Qualitative Outcomes. 2007 Tually, S., Beer, A., & Faulkner, D. (2007). Too Big to Ignore: Future issues for Australian women's housing 2006-2025. 2007 Faulkner, D., Tually, S., Baker, E., & Beer, A. (2007). Report on the Outcomes of Focus Groups for the South Australian Ageing Atlas: Ageing and its implications for social and planning policy. 2007 Faulkner, D. R., Beer, A., & Cutler, C. (2007). Aspirations and expectations of older age cohorts in South Australia: research report stage 2, survey outcomes. 2007 Beer, A., Faulkner, D., Tually, S., Baker, E., & Cutler, C. (2007). Accommodating the greying city in Urban 45: new ideas for Australian Cities. Melbourne: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. 2006 Faulkner, D. R., & Beer, A. (2006). Housing models for an ageing population. 2006 Beer, A., Faulkner, D., & Baker, E. (2006). Aspirations and expectations of older age cohorts in South Australia, Research report stage 1, Focus group outcomes. 2006 Faulkner, D. R., & Beer, A. (2006). Research report on housing models for an aged population. 2006 Luszcz, M., Faulkner, D., Van Emden, J., Barrington, J., Findlay, M., Landorf, C., & Sheppard, L. (2006). Factors that make housing more suitable for older people, Final report. Adelaide. 2004 Faulkner, D. R., Findlay, M., Barrington, R., & Luszcz, M. (2004). Factors that make housing more suitable for older people; preliminary paper. Adelaide. 2004 Andrews, G., & Faulkner, D. (2004). A glossary of terms for community health care and services for older persons. Kobe Japan: WHO. 2003 Andrews, G., Edwards, P., & Faulkner, D. (2003). Population ageing - policy related research priorities, Impacts for Australia. Canberra. 2001 Faulkner, D. R. (2001). Linkages among housing assistance, residential (re)location and use of community health and social care among old-old adults: Shelter and non-shelter implications for housing policy development, Positioning paper. Melbourne: AHURI. 2001 Faulkner, D. R., & Bennett, K. (2001). Linkages among housing assistance, residential (re)location and use of community health and social care among old-old adults: Shelter and non-shelter implications for housing policy development, Final report. Melbourne: AHURI. 2001 Faulkner, D. R., & Bennett, K. (2001). Linkages among housing assistance, residential (re)location and use of community health and social care among old-old adults: Shelter and non-shelter implications for housing policy development, Research and Policy Bulletin. Melbourne: AHURI. 2000 Faulkner, D. R. (2000). Research Directory on Ageing South Australia 2000. Adelaide.
|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|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Co-Supervisor Hearing Their Voices: Advance Care Planning within Australian Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Genevieve Brandenburg 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
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
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - 2019 Editor Encyclopedia of Gerontology United Nations United States
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