Emma Baker

Professor Emma Baker


School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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

Emma Baker is Professor of Housing and an ARC Future Fellow. She has a PhD in Geography and BA (Hons.) from Adelaide University. Her PhD thesis was entitled "Public Housing Tenant Relocation: Residential Mobility, Satisfaction, and the Development of a Tenant's Spatial Decision Support System". She has previously held a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship focussed on examining the relationship between health and housing.

Her work examines the impact of housing and location in urban and regional environments, producing academic, as well as policy-relevant research. Dr Baker's recent publications include analyses of the housing implications of economic, social, and spatial change in Australia, work quantifying health effects of housing tenure and affordability, research on the effects of precarious and vulnerable housing. Her current ARC Future fellowship investigates multiple housing problems and their effects on health and wellbeing.    

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 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
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1998 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
  • Research Interests

Recent Grant Funding 

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 LEIF grant,

Baker, E, Improving the health and wellbeing of poorly housed Australians: understanding and responding to multiple housing deficit, ARC FUTURE FELLOWSHIP.

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.

Bentley R, Baker E, Mallett S, LaMontagne A, Beer A, Kavanagh A, Keys D, Kolar V. New directions in health inequalities research: Understanding the intersection between housing, employment and health in Australia ARC LINKAGE PROJECT.

Kavanagh AM, Bentley R, LaMontagne A, Baker E, Beer A. The importance of gender and socioeconomic disadvantage for the mental health of people living with disabilities. ARC LINKAGE PROJECT.

Beer, A, Baker, E., Wood, G. Housing Assistance and the Life Course: Understanding the Impact of Policy Alternatives, ARC LINKAGE PROJECT. 


    Recent teaching

    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
      2019 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
      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
    • Board Memberships

      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
    • Memberships

      Date Role Membership Country
      2000 - ongoing Member European Network of Housing Researchers Netherlands
    • Offices Held

      Date Office Name Institution Country
      2016 - ongoing Coordinator, Residential Context of Health Working Group European Network of Housing Researchers Sweden
    • Position: Professor
    • Phone: 83130683
    • Email: emma.baker@adelaide.edu.au
    • Fax: 8313 4377
    • Campus: North Terrace
    • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 5
    • Room: 5 33
    • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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