Deputy Director & University Research Fellow
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
My research investigates Australia’s changing population and the implications of this for society and communities. Much of this work involves an examination of population diversity; the interaction between people and the built environment; community connectedness, and social networks.
My most recent work explores how the built environment, especially green and public spaces, influence ageing well. This includes exploring housing choices such as retirement village living, vertical communities, inner city ageing and international comparisons of age friendly cities. My research often includes using innovative approaches such as citizen science, GIS, ‘go-along’ interviews or photovoice.
I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: Ageing populations, The Built Environment, Social networks and/or community connectedness, Qualitative methodologies, Social Policy, and Migration and mobilities
My current projects include:
Green spaces, public spaces and ageing well: a co-design pilot study
Outdoor and indoor environments have major impacts on older people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. Design and delivery of quality public spaces that promote health and wellbeing, social engagement with others and engagement with the environment is a key challenge for all in our rapidly growing, and increasingly population-dense cities.
- Interdisciplinary project with Professor Veronica Soebarto from Architecture
- Uses an innovative citizen science approach to audit the neighbourhoods and lived spaces of older South Australians
- Is the basis of a larger grant application for 2019
Inner City Ageing: A longitudinal study of an innovative mixed use high rise ‘village’
By 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities, and in many of these cities, at least a quarter of those urban populations will be aged 60+. New city and city fringe age specific housing, such as the Uniting Communities development in Franklin Street, means we need to think about a new use for urban spaces. We need to imagine how the built environment can become a public resource, a social opportunity, and an enabler of ageing well.
- Interdisciplinary project with Professor Veronica Soebarto from Architecture and Uniting Communities and their new Franklin Street UC building.
- Follows the building, the residents and the changing neighbourhood through the development phase and the first five years
Addressing Social Isolation using a Men’s Sheds Model: an international comparison
Men’s Sheds uniquely combine opportunities for increasing social networks and creating a sense of community and belonging, while providing links to health and wellbeing information and services. Men’s Sheds have worked very successfully in Australia; the program has successfully rolled out to the UK and Ireland and now the USA is in the early stages of development in the Men’s Sheds movement.
- This offers a unique opportunity to follow and measure the impact of Men’s Sheds on social isolation as an international comparative study.
- The project will develop a conceptual framework for the establishment of this model with a specific focus on alleviating social isolation and improving health outcomes in any adult population group.
Groundtruthing Age Friendly Cities using Citizen Science
What cities and neighbourhoods are really age friendly and what does it truly mean to be age friendly from an older person’s perspective? This project has a long term, stepped approach through multiple projects towards a global comparative study that ‘ground-truths’ or ‘audits’ age friendly cities and communities using a citizen science model of data collection. This uses an innovative methodological approach that takes the older person’s perspective of their neighbourhood and how age friendly it is; auditing (measuring and reviewing) attributes of their personal neighbourhood or life spaces using the Age Friendly Cities guidelines.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Deputy Director, The Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2017 - 2019 University Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2015 - 2017 National President Australian Association of Gerontology 2015 - 2016 Acting Director, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre University of Adelaide 2012 - 2015 Deputy Director, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre University of Adelaide 2009 - 2012 Senior Research Associate, GISCA University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - SA (2019) - Spatial Enablement Category Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute – SA Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title — University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2019 Barrie, H., Soebarto, V., Lange, J., Corry-Breen, F., & Walker, L. (2019). Using citizen science to explore neighbourhood influences on ageing well: pilot project. Healthcare, 7(4), 126-1-126-13.
2019 van Hoof, J., Marston, H. R., Brittain, K. R., & Barrie, H. R. (2019). Creating Age-Friendly Communities: Housing and Technology. . Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland), 7(4), 6 pages.
DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
2019 Martins, B., Visvanathan, R., Barrie, H., Huang, C. H., Matsushita, E., Okada, K., . . . Kuzuya, M. (2019). Frailty prevalence using Frailty Index, associated factors and level of agreement among frailty tools in a cohort of Japanese older adults. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 84, 8 pages.
2019 Ziaian, T., Miller, E., De Anstiss, H., Puvimanasinghe, T., Dollard, M., Esterman, A., . . . Stewart-Jones, T. (2019). Refugee youth and transition to further education, training, and employment in Australia: Research protocol of a mixed methods study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(7), e12632.
2019 Ankeny, R., & Barrie, H. (2019). Learning Not Just From But With Citizens: The Importance of Co-Deisgn in Health-Related Social Research. The American Journal of Bioethics, 19(8), 54-56.
2019 Taylor, D., Barrie, H., Lange, J., Thompson, M., Theou, O., & Visvanathan, R. (2019). Geospatial modelling of the prevalence and changing distribution of frailty in Australia – 2011 to 2027. Experimental Gerontology, 123, 57-65.
DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
2019 Taylor, A., Pilkington, R., Dal Grande, E., Kourbelis, C., & Barrie, H. (2019). Health and welfare profile of Australian baby boomers who live in rented accommodation – implications for the future. Ageing and Society, 39(4), 685-702.
2018 Ziaian, T., Puvimanasinghe, T., Miller, E., De Anstiss, H., Dollard, M., Esterman, A., . . . Afsharian, A. (2018). Challenges, facilitators and enablers of conducting research with youth from refugee backgrounds. The Australian Community Psychologist, 29(2), 56-73. 2018 Arakawa Martins, B., Barrie, H., Dollard, J., Mahajan, N., & Visvanathan, R. (2018). Older adults' perceptions of the built environment and associations with frailty: a feasibility and acceptability study. The Journal of Frailty & Aging, 7(4), 268-271.
2018 Taylor, A., Dal Grande, E., Fateh-Moghadam, P., Montgomerie, A., Battisti, L., Barrie, H., . . . Campostrini, S. (2018). Comparison of health and risk factors of older, working-age Australians, Italians and Italian-born migrants to Australia, with data from an Italian (PASSI), and an Australian (SAMSS) risk factor surveillance system. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 20(5), 1190-1196.
2016 Taylor, A., Pilkington, R., Montgomerie, A., & Feist, H. (2016). The role of business size in assessing the uptake of health promoting workplace initiatives in Australia. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 1-8.
DOI Scopus10 WoS7 Europe PMC4
2016 Faulkner, D., Feist, H., & Lewis, J. (2016). Ageing research in Australia: reflecting on Graeme Hugo’s four decades of contribution. Australian Geographer, 47(4), 399-415.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2014 Taylor, A., Pilkington, R., Feist, H., DalGrande, E., & Hugo, G. (2014). A survey of retirement intentions of Baby Boomers: an overview of health, social and economic determinants. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 355-1-355-9.
DOI Scopus20 WoS18 Europe PMC8
2012 Feist, H., Parker, K., & Hugo, G. (2012). Older and online: enhancing social connections in Australian rural places. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1), online:1. 2012 Melino, M., Gadd, V., Walker, G., Skoien, R., Barrie, H., Jothimani, D., . . . Powell, E. (2012). Macrophage secretory products induce an inflammatory phenotype in hepatocytes. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 18(15), 1732-1744.
DOI Scopus26 Europe PMC18
2011 McPherson, S., Powell, E., Barrie, H., Clouston, A., McGuckin, M., & Jonsson, J. (2011). No evidence of the unfolded protein response in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia), 26(2), 319-327.
2011 Moschen, A., Fritz, T., Clouston, A., Rebhan, I., Bauhofer, O., Barrie, H., . . . Tilg, H. (2011). Interleukin-32: A new proinflammatory cytokine involved in hepatitis C virus-related liver inflammation and fibrosis. Hepatology, 53(6), 1819-1829.
DOI Scopus48 Europe PMC34
2011 Feist, H., McDougall, K., Howard, N., & Hugo, G. (2011). Rural ageing-in-place: community connectedness, health and wellbeing - an opportunity for new technologies?. Public Health Bulletin South Australia, 8(1), 24-29. 2011 Smith, K., Suppiah, V., O'Connor, K., Berg, T., Weltman, M., Abate, M., . . . Bharadwaj, M. (2011). Identification of improved IL28B SNPs and haplotypes for prediction of drug response in treatment of hepatitis C using massively parallel sequencing in a cross-sectional European cohort. Genome Medicine, 3(8), 13 pages.
DOI Scopus62 WoS56 Europe PMC37
2010 Feist, H., McDougall, K., Howard, N., & Hugo, G. (2010). New technologies: Their potential role in linking rural older people to community. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2), 68-84.
2008 Jonsson, J., Barrie, H., O'Rourke, P., Clouston, A., & Powell, E. (2008). Obesity and steatosis influence serum and hepatic inflammatory markers in chronic hepatitis C. Hepatology, 48(1), 80-87.
DOI Scopus58 Europe PMC42
2008 McPherson, S., Jonsson, J., Barrie, H., O'Rourke, P., Clouston, A., & Powell, E. (2008). Investigation of the role of SREBP-1c in the pathogenesis of HCV-related steatosis. Journal of Hepatology, 49(6), 1046-1054.
DOI Scopus34 Europe PMC24
2005 Richardson, M., Powell, E., Barrie, H., Clouston, A., Purdie, D., & Jonsson, J. (2005). A combination of genetic polymorphisms increases the risk of progressive disease in chronic hepatitis C.. Journal of medical genetics, 42(7), e45.
DOI Scopus37 Europe PMC22
— Barrie, H., Soebarto, V., Lange, J., & Breen, F. (n.d.). Senior Citizen Science: a new methodology for exploring neighbourhood influences on ageing well.
— Soebarto, V., Barrie, H., Visvanathan, R., Wilson, A., Daniel, L., Martins, B., & Ranasinghe, D. (n.d.). Planning and Design of Public Spaces to Support Ageing Well.
— Barrie, H., & McDougall, K. (n.d.). Aged Care Snapshot: South Australia.
— Barrie, H., McDougall, K., & Hugo, G. (n.d.). Review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds 2015.
Year Citation 2019 Martins, B. A., Jadczak, A., Dollard, J., Barrie, H., Marahajan, N., Tam, K. L., & Visvanathan, R. (2019). The self-perceived importance and competence of 5th year medical students in assessing, diagnosing and managing frailty before and after a geriatric medicine course.. In Australasian Journal on Ageing Vol. 38 (pp. 58). Adelaide: Wiley.
Year Citation 2018 Taylor, D. S., Theou, O., Barrie, H. R., Lange, J., & Visvanathan, R. (2018). Developing a spatial socio-environment healthy ageing index. Poster session presented at the meeting of AAG Conference- 2018 Conference Program, Abstracts and Presentations. Melbourne: AAG. 2017 Cornell, V., Barrie, H., & Byles, J. (2017). Late-life changes in housing: choices, constraints and impacts on care. Poster session presented at the meeting of Innovation in Aging. San Francisco.
2013 Feist, H., & McDougall, K. (2013). Virtual social spaces in rural places: linking older people to community through new technologies. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the The Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, as published in Gerontologist. New Orleans, LA: Oxford University Press.
— Barrie, H., & McDougall, K. (n.d.). South Australia Retirement Villages Factsheets. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2018 Barrie, H., McDougall, K., & Wasserman, R. (2018). Murray Bridge: A Blueprint for Good Migrant Settlement.
2018 Wasserman, R., & Barrie, H. (2018). Decade of Humanitarian Settlement in South Australia: A Case Study of the Burmese Community 2007 - 2017. 2016 Tan, G., McDougall, K., & Feist, H. (2016). International Migration in South Australia: Assessing the Outcomes of Skilled and Business Migration Programs. 2015 Feist, H., Tan, G., McDougall, K., & Hugo, G. (2015). Enabling rural migrant settlement: a case study of the Limestone Coast. Australian Population and Migration Research Centre (APMRC). 2015 Hugo, G., Tan, G., Feist, H., & Harris, K. (2015). Population dynamics in regional Australia. Regional Australia Institute. 2014 McDougall, K., Tan, G. T., & Feist, H. (2014). Demographic Analysis of the Catchment Area of ACH Group' s Residential Aged Care Services, Fleurieu Peninsula. 2014 Hugo, G., McDougall, K., Tan, G., & Feist, H. (2014). The CALD Youth Census Report 2014. Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY).. 2013 Hugo, G., McDougall, K., Tan, G. T., & Feist, H. (2013). Demographic Trends in South Australia and their implications for community demands on the Councils and their capacity to meet those demands. 2013 Hugo, G., Feist, H., & McDougall, K. (2013). What do we know and what do we need to know? Compiling the evidence, identifying the gaps and making research accessible to providers of services for CALD older people. FECCA. 2013 Sevoyan, A., Hugo, G., Feist, H., Tan, G., McDougall, K., Tan, Y., & Spoehr, J. (2013). Impact of climate change on disadvantaged groups: Issues and interventions. Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. — Barrie, H., & McDougall, K. (n.d.). South Australia Retirement Village Survey 2016.
Year Citation 2019 Wasserman, R., Lange, J. B., Tran, D., McDougall, K., & Barrie, H. (2019). South Australia's Multicultural Story. Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia.
|Date||Project Number/ Name||Investigators||Funding Body||Amount|
|2019-22||Designing Indigenous aged care with a ‘whole of community’ perspective||Professor Alex Brown, Prof Annette Baraunack-Mayer, Dr Carol Davy & Dr Helen Barrie||NHMRC TRC (GNT1170496)||$741,947|
|2019-20||Creating Rainbow Friendly Aged Care Services||Dr Helen Barrie||Office for Ageing Well||$15,000|
|2019-20||Co-designing an audit tool for Age Friendly Cities||Dr Helen Barrie||Office for Ageing Well||$25,000|
|2018 - 2019||Retired not Expired||Dr Helen Barrie||Dr Helen Barrie||$30,000|
|2018 - 2019||Social, ethical and economic considerations of smart technologies for ageing well||Dr Helen Barrie, Dr Teresa Burgess, Prof Annette Braunack-Mayer, Prof Jacquie Street, Dr Christoph Truede, Dr Andreas Cebulla||Office for the Ageing||$20,000|
|2018 - 2019||Green Spaces, public spaces and ageing well||
Dr Helen Barrie, Prof Veronica Soebarto, Mr Jarrod Lange
|Office for the Ageing||$25,000|
|2018||An overview of South Australia’s Multicultural Communities||
Dr Helen Barrie, Prof Chris Leishman, Dr Romy Wasserman, Mr Jarrod Lange
|2017 - 2019||Culturally Safe Workforce Models for Rural and Remote Indigenous Organisations||
Prof Alex Brown (SAHMRI), Prof Annette Braunack-Mayer, Dr Carol Davy, Dr Helen Barrie
|Department of Health (Dementia and Aged Care Grants)||$1,200,000|
|2017 - 2019||Social and Built Environment Influences on Ageing Well’||Dr Helen Barrie||University of Adelaide Fellowship||$380,000|
|2016 - 2017||The Built Environment and Ageing Well||
Professor Veronica Soebarto (Architecture), Prof Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Helen Barrie et al
|University Interdisciplinary Research Fund||$41,500|
|2016 - 2017||Census of Retirement Villages in SA||Dr Helen Barrie, Dr Kelly McDougall||Office for the Ageing||$12,500|
|2016||A Blueprint for a Good Regional Migrant Settlement Experience||Dr Helen Barrie, Dr Kelly McDougall, Dr Romy Wasserman||Scanlon Foundation||$25,000|
|2015 - 2020||Trans-disciplinary Research on Frailty||
Prof Renuka Visvanathan (Medicine) et al, Dr Helen Barrie CI-H
|NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence||$2,500,000|
|2015 - 2019||Pathways to Employment and Education for Refugee Youth||
Prof Tahereh Ziaian (UNISA) et al, Dr Helen Barrie - CI
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor Responses to Dock-less Bicycle and Scooter Sharing Programs in Australian Cities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Justin-Free McCulloch 2018 Co-Supervisor The Impacts of Natural Disasters on Fertility Intentions and Outcomes in Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Khandaker Jafor Ahmed 2016 Co-Supervisor Physical Activity and Frailty: Exploring Cross Cultural and Neighborhood Influences Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Dr Beatriz Arakawa Martins
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor BIG AND SMALL CITY PREFERENCES OF MIGRANT WORKERS IN CHINA: CASE STUDIES OF BEIJING AND JINZHOU Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Biqing Li 2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Contemporary Irish Migration to Australia: Pathways to Permanence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Fidelma Breen 2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Ageing in a Foreign Land: Experiences of European-Born Post War Migrants to Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Constance Michelle Kourbelis 2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Great Expectations: Australian Baby Boomer Women, Policy and Older Labour Force Participation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Judith Andrea Lewis
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2013 - ongoing Board Member AAG Australian Association of Gerontology Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2016 - 2017 President National Board Australian Association of Gerontology Australia 2016 - ongoing Board Member National Collaborative Team International Longevity Centre- AUS Australia 2012 - 2015 Representative National Board Australian Association of Gerontology Australia 2006 - 2014 Representative Global Executive Committee International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics Australia 2006 - 2011 Representative National Board Australian Association of Gerontology Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2018 - ongoing Member Royal Geographical Society United Kingdom 2005 - ongoing Member Australian Association of Gerontology Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - 2018 Editor MDIP (Healthcare) MDIP Switzerland 2016 - 2018 Board Member Australasian Journal on Ageing Wiley Australia
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