School of Social Sciences
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Emma Baker is Professor of Housing Research at the University of Adelaide where she leads the Housing and Healthy Cities Research Group and is Director of the Stretton Institute’s ‘Building a City for the Future’ research program.
Emma's research examines the cumulative effects of housing, environmental, locational and socioeconomic vulnerabilities on wellbeing, with particular interests in utilising large longitudinal, administrative datasets to create knowledge that responds to real policy problems.
Professor Baker currently leads the development, collection and public provision of the Australian Rental Housing Conditions Data infrastructure, the largest public access dataset describing Australian rental housing quality and conditions. She has a track record of successful collaboration with industry, government and non-government organisations. Recent academic and policy publications include commissioned policy background papers for the planning and housing strategies of South Australia, a big data analysis of long run housing trajectories in Australia, an analysis of the effects of cold housing on individual health, and papers analysing the influence of multiple housing problems on health and wellbeing.
Date Position Institution name 2014 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award Executive Deans Commendation Award for Research 2016 Award Executive Deans Award for Excellence in Research 2015 Award 2015 Executive Deans Award for Excellence in Research University of Adelaide Australia 2015 Award 2015 Berry award for Excellence in Housing Research Australia 2014 Award Executive Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Research University of Adelaide Australia 2011 Nomination VicHealth Award for outstanding achievements and innovative contributions to health promotion VicHealth Australia 2006 Award Australian Housing Minister’s Early Career Researcher Award Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 1998 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2018 coffee, N., lange, J., & Baker, E. (2018). Visualising 30 Years of Population Density Change in Australia’s Major Capital Cities. In N. Klocker, & O. Dunn (Eds.), Population, Migration and Settlement in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Routledge. 2017 Baker, E. (2017). Australia's demand for housing. In Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) (Ed.), Housing Australia (pp. 67-78). Melbourne: CEDA. 2016 Stone, W., Baker, E., Ralston, L., Phibbs, P., & Bentley, R. (2016). By 2030, ‘no Australian child will be living in poverty’ – why can’t we promise
that?. In J. Watson (Ed.), The Conversation Yearbook 2016: 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers (1 ed., pp. n/a). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
2016 Baker, E. L., bentley, R., & beer, A. (2016). Why 100 years without slum housing in Australia is coming to an end. In Croakey.org (Ed.), Acting on the Social Determinants of Health - for a fairer distribution of health (pp. 91-93). 2012 Beer, A., & Baker, E. (2012). Adaptation, adjustment and leadership in Australia’s rural margins. In Leadership and Change in Sustainable Regional Development (pp. 103-120). Routledge.
2012 Beer, A., & Baker, E. (2012). Adaptation, adjustment and leadership in Australia's rural margins. In M. Sotarauta, L. Horlings, & J. Liddle (Eds.), Leadership and Change in Sustainable Regional Development (1 ed., pp. 103-120). United Kingdom: Routledge.
Year Citation 2019 Bentley, R., Baker, E. L., Clair, A., & Pham, N. (2019). Stability and children’s health and academic performance: should
our focus be on locational, educational or tenure stability?. Poster session presented at the meeting of European Network for Housing Research. Athens, Greece.
2019 Daniel, L., Baker, E. L., Beer, A., & Pham, N. (2019). The social production of cold housing. Poster session presented at the meeting of European Network for Housing Research. Athens, Greece. 2018 Daniel, L., Baker, E., & Beer, A. (2018). More than just climate: socio-economic determinants of cold houses. Poster session presented at the meeting of ENHR 2018: More together, more apart. Book of abstracts. Uppsala: European Network of Housing Research. 2018 Baker, E., Reeves, A., Smith, S., Ronald, R., & Mason, K. (2018). Exploring intergenerational inequalities in housing and health. Poster session presented at the meeting of ENHR 2018: More together, more apart. Book of abstracts. Uppsala: European Network of Housing Research. 2017 Baker, E. L., Stone, W., Bentley, R., & Phibbs, P. (2017). Housing Australia’s children and young people: Toward an essential policy and intervention evidence base. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Housing Researchers Conference. Melbourne. 2017 Bentley, R., Baker, E. L., Daniel, L., & Lester, L. (2017). Are there lifetime health effects of inadequate housing during childhood?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Housing Researchers Conference. Melbourne. 2017 Daniel, L., Baker, E. L., & Lester, L. (2017). Material deprivation: Housing affordability risk made real. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Housing Researchers Conference. Melbourne. 2016 Lange, J., Coffee, N., & Baker, E. (2016). Donut & Latte Densities - Analysing Urban Population Change Between Cities and Over Time. Poster session presented at the meeting of Spatial Information Day (SID) 2016. Adelaide, South Australia. 2016 Baker, E., Lester, L., Mason, K., & Bentley, R. (2016). Evidence on the long run health effects of unaffordable housing. Poster session presented at the meeting of European Netowrk of Housing Researchers. Belfast, Ireland.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2022 Baker, E., Daniel, L., & Sansom, G. (2022). Victorian Renters: Affordability, Experiences and Aspirations. 2020 Baker, E., Bentley, R., Beer, A., & Daniel, L. (2020). Renting in the time of COVID-19: Understanding the impacts (340). Mebourne, VIC, Australia: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited.
2019 Baker, E. L., Kellett, J., & South Australian Planning Commission. (2019). People and Neighbourhoods Policy Discussion Paper. http://www.saplanningportal.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/584993/People_and_Neighbourhoods_Policy_Discussion_Paper.pdf. 2019 Baker, E. L., Leishman, C., Kellett, J., & Daniel, L. (2019). People and Neighbourhoods - Background paper. 2018 Baker, E., Daniel, L., Bentley, R., Pawson, H., Stone, W., Rajagopalan, P., . . . Randolph, B. (2018). The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset: Technical Report. Adelaide: University of Adelaide - Healthy Cities Research. 2014 Peters, K., Thredgold, C., & Baker, E. (2014). Informing Future Development in Kilburn and Blair Athol. 2013 Beer, A., Synnot, C., Baker, E., Slatter, M., Womersley, R., Talbot, C., & Wilson, G. (2013). Working to 'Turn off the Tap' : The role of frontline services in addressing homelessness. 2013 (Australia): Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse. Online: Department for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. 2013 Baker, E. L., Lester, L., Beer, A., & Bunce, D. (2013). Households responses to declining housing affordability. University of Adelaide. 2011 Mallett, S., Bentley, R., Baker, E., Mason, K., Keys, D., Kolar, V., & Krnjacki, L. (2011). Precarious housing and health inequalities: what are the links?: summary report. Hanover Welfare Services, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, Melbourne Citymission. 2010 Flood, J., & Baker, E. (2010). Housing implications of economic, social and spatial change: AHURI Final Report No. 150. www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download: AHURI.
2009 Flood, J., & Baker, E. (2009). Housing implications of economic, social, and spatial change - key issues: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Report. No. 116 (paper no. 116). www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download: AHURI. 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.
Original Creative Works
Year Citation 2018 Authors: Daniel L, Baker E. Title: Housing affordability stress affects one in nine households, but which ones are really struggling?. Description: N/A. Extent: 797 words. 2017 Authors: Daniel L, Baker E. Title: Forget heatwaves, our cold houses are much more likely to kill us. Description: N/A. Extent: 1000 words. 2016 Authors: Baker E, beer A, Bentley R. Title: Why 100 years without slum housing in Australia is coming to an end. Description: N/A. Extent: Cities feature. 2016 Authors: Baker E, Stone W, Ralston L, Phibbs P, Bentley R. Title: By 2030, ‘no Australian child will be living in poverty’ – why can’t we promise that?. Description: N/A. Extent: Cities feature. 2016 Authors: Baker E, Coffee N, Lange J. Title: Density, sprawl, growth: how Australian cities have changed in the last 30 years. Description: N/A. Extent: article. 2016 Authors: Bentley R, Baker E, Reeves A. Title: Housing: the hidden health intervention. Description: N/A. Extent: https://theconversation.com/housing-the-hidden-health-intervention-65465. 2016 Authors: Baker E, Bentley R, Beer A. Title: Good Quality Housing in Australia? Get Real!. Description: N/A. Extent: 4. 2014 Authors: Baker E, King T, Bentley R. Title: Housing affordability & health: who wins, who loses and why isn’t it on the political agenda?. Description: N/A. Extent: 4 pages.
Year Citation 2019 Baker, E. L., Beer, A., Zillante, G., Daniel, L., London, K., & Bentley, R. (2019). The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset.
Recent Grant Funding
Baker E, Beer, A, Bentley, et al. An Australian Rental Housing Conditions Data Infrastructure, ARC LIEF PROJECT
Bentley R, Baker E, Reeves A, Ronald R, Closing the housing gap: A spotlight on intergenerational inequalities, ARC DISCOVERY PROJECT
Baker E, Leishman C, Van Den Hengel A, Lester, L, Bentley R, Give me the child and I’ll show you the adult: Machine Learning answers to big social problems, INTERDISCIPLINARY GRANT
Baker, E, Beer, A, Zillante, G, London, K, Bentley, R, Hulse, K, Pawson, H,, Randolph, B, Ridley, Stone, W, An Australian Housing Condition Data Infrastructure, ARC LIEF PROJECT
Baker, E, Improving the health and wellbeing of poorly housed Australians: understanding and responding to multiple housing deficit, ARC FUTURE FELLOWSHIP.
Rowley S; Leishman C; Baker E; Lester L; Bentley R, Modelling housing need in Australia to 2025, AHURI RESEARCH GRANT
Baker, E, Beer, A, Bentley, R, Pevalin, D, Whitehead, C ,Pathways to Health and Wellbeing through Housing: A new Causal Understanding of Relationships, Processes and Interventions.ARC DISCOVERY PROJECT.
2019, 2020 Program Director, Master of Planning
2017 - 2019 Planning Theory and Practice
2016, Architecture and Planning Development Studio, University of Adelaide.
2014, Convenor and lecturer, Geographic Information Systems, University of Adelaide.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Principal Supervisor Housing inequality in the twenty first century Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Laura James 2021 Principal Supervisor Radical Housing Renovators and Rule Makers: the Early Days of Rebellious Retrotting Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Charmaine Thredgold 2017 Principal Supervisor Understanding the role of green space in cities: The contribution of the Adelaide Park Lands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr James William Daly
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Consolidating the Australian Dream: Reconfiguring the Multi-Unit Housing Network Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jasmine Samantha Palmer
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2021 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Housing and Health among Refugee Communities The University of Adelaide Doctorate Full Time Sheenagh McShane 2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Housing and Helth in the Rental Sector The University of Adelaide Doctorate Amber Howard 2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Precarious housing, psychological wellbeing and mobility Flinders University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Janet Adkins 2006 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Psychology and sociology of adjustment to retrenchment in the automotive industry Flinders University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Hans (Johannes) Pieters 2005 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Growing old in non-metropolitan regions: Intentions and realities from South Australia and Northern Ireland Flinders University of South Australia Doctorate Amity James
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2019 - ongoing Board Member Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity Australia 2014 - ongoing Member Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning Reference Committee University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2000 - ongoing Member European Network of Housing Researchers Netherlands
Date Office Name Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Theme Director, Building a City for the Future Stretton Institute, University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing Coordinator, Residential Context of Health Working Group European Network of Housing Researchers Sweden
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