Deputy Director & University Research Fellow
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
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
Date Institution name Country Title — University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 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
|Date||Project Number/ Name||Investigators||Funding Body||Amount|
|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 The Social and Political Mobility of Veganism as Praxis 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 2018 Co-Supervisor Rural-Urban Migrant Workers in China: Regional differences in patterns of Integration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Biqing Li 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 2014 Co-Supervisor Caught in the Middle - The Future of Baby Boomer Women and Employment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Judith Andrea Lewis
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Contemporary Irish Migration to Australia: Pathways to Permanence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs 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
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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