Hazel Blunden

Research Fellow
Lecturer

Hazel is currently a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre where she is working on a variety of housing-related and other research projects. Hazel Blunden is a project manager and social policy specialist with more than 15 years’ experience working on commissioned research projects for NGOs, local and state government, managing projects from inception to conclusion.

Hazel has a particular expertise in housing policy issues. She is an AHURI author and has a published a range of book chapters and articles on housing and homelessness issues. Hazel is adept at designing qualitative and quantitative tools, organising and undertaking fieldwork. She has extensive experience in working with vulnerable people of diverse backgrounds and ensuring the active involvement of participants in research.

In addition to research work, Hazel also lectures and tutors across a range of social sciences and economics courses at UNSW and UTS.

Prior to joining UNSW, Hazel was Senior Research Assistant at the Urban Research Centre at Western Sydney University where she worked on a variety of research projects for the NSW Government, local Governments, and NGOs. Earlier in her career, Hazel was an advisor to a NSW Parliamentarian in the Housing, Fair Trading and other portfolio areas. Prior to this, Hazel was Policy Officer at housing peak body Shelter NSW, and before that, a Tenant's Advocate in community legal centres.

Hazel currently sits on the Inner West Council Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Committee in a voluntary capacity.

 

Qualifications:

Ph.D. (Human Geography), Macquarie University, 2002

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Sociology, La Trobe University, 1994

Publications

Book Chapters
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Blunden HM; Drake G, 2015, 'Homelessness, the ‘Housing First’ approach and the creation of home', in Dufty-Jones R; Rogers D (ed.), Housing in 21st-Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies, Ashgate, London, pp. 205 - 220
2015
Blunden H, 2012, 'The Olympic Games and housing', in The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, pp. 520 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463
2012
Conference Papers
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Blunden HM; Darcy M; Perry J; Stubbs J, 2004, 'Housing Costs and Work Location in Sydney', in Carlson E (ed.), A Future That Works, centre for Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle, Newcastle University, presented at A Future That Works, Newcastle University, -
2004
Conference Presentations
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Liu EY; Blunden H, 2018, 'Cultural diversity and sensitivity in public estate renewals: Evidence from a longitudinal study', presented at European Network for Housing Research Conference, Uppsala, 26 June 2018 - 29 June 2018
2018
Journal articles
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Flanagan K; Blunden H; Valentine K; Henriette J, 2019, 'Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence', AHURI Final Report, pp. 1 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-4116101
2019
Liu E; Blunden H, 2019, 'Cultural diversity and sensitivity in public estate renewals: evidence from an Australian longitudinal study', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1644296
2019
Blunden H, 2016, 'Discourses around negative gearing of investment properties in Australia', Housing Studies, vol. 31, pp. 340 - 357, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2015.1080820
2016
Blunden HM; Drake G, 2015, 'The Role of Engagement, Ongoing Support and Housing Availability in Rehousing People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness', Third Sector Review, vol. 21, pp. 101 - 120, http://search.informit.org/documentSummary;res=IELAPA;dn=343353891790582
2015
Reports
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Blunden H, 2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Literature Review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2019
Blunden H; valentine K; Jops P, 2019, Evaluation of the Keeping Women Safe – Private Rental Initiative, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d895b28a5000
2019
Skattebol J; Blunden H, 2019, Evaluation of the Youth Advocate Program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2019
Purcal C; O'Shea P; Blunden H; Zmudzki F; Giuntoli G; Fisher KR, 2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Report 1, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 13/19,
2019
Blunden H; Katz I, 2019, Establishing a Child Development Fund in Australia: A review of international models, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 09/19,
2019
Blunden H, 2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Literature Review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2019
Bullen JE; Liu E; Pawson H; valentine K, 2017, Evaluation of the Better Places Stronger Communities Project: Baseline report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 04/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59b88e27d7e6f
2017
Blunden H; Liu EY; valentine K, 2017, Evaluation of the Better Places Stronger Communities Project: Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 19/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5a29d589a582c
2017
Crabtree L; Moore N; Phibbs P; Blunden H; Sappideen C, 2015, Community Land Trusts and Indigenous communities: From strategies to outcomes
2015
Blunden HM; Feder K; Darcy M, 2015, Work Fast Greater Sydney Employment Integration Model Evaluation of Pilot Program, Urban Research Centre, Western Sydney University and Neami National, Sydney
2015
Darcy M; Piracha A; Blunden HM; Hall N, 2014, Unintended Consequences: Homelessness Service Delivery in the Nepean/Blacktown Region, Western Sydney University Urban Research Centre, Sydney, http://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/777888/Unintended_Consequences.pdf
2014
Blunden HM; Darcy M, 2014, Determining the Financial Barriers moving from Welfare to Work, Urban Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Sydney
2014
Drake G; Darcy M; Blunden HM; Steinwede J, 2014, Rough Sleepers in Parramatta: From Street to Home: Final Report, Urban Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Sydney
2014
Blunden HM; Drake G; Newton K; Darcy M, 2013, Boarding Houses Review, Parramatta, Parramatta City Council
2013
Crabtree L; Phibbs P; Milligan V; Blunden HM; Moore N; Sappideen C, 2012, Community Land Trusts and Indigenous Housing Options, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 185, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/185
2012
Phibbs P; Milligan V; Blunden HM, 2012, Post Implementation Review of the ACT Land Rent Scheme, Treasury, Australian Capital territory Government., http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/417959/PI_ReviewEPICdotgov.pdf
2012
Crabtree L; Phibbs P; Milligan V; Blunden H, 2012, Principles and practices of an affordable housing community land trust model, Research Paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne
2012
Crabtree L; Blunden H; Milligan V; Phibbs P; Sappideen C; Moore N; Australian Housing ; UNSW-UWS Research Centre , 2012, Community land trusts and indigenous housing options
2012
Blunden HM, 2007, The Impact of the Sydney Olympic Games on Housing Rights, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, Geneva, Switzerland, http://www.ruig-gian.org/ressources/Sydney_background_paper.pdf
2007
Blunden HM, 2005, Public housing and nonhousing outcomes, Shelter NSW, Sydney, Shelter Policy Briefs, 25, https://shelternsw.org.au/sites/shelternsw.org.au/files/public/documents/rpt05nonhousingoutcomes-sb25.pdf
2005
Bannister D; Blunden HM; Fromader C; Ogden S; Porteous P; Simon K, 2004, Report to the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing: Women and the Right to Adequate Housing in Australia, Sydney, http://wwda.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AustWomHousing04.pdf
2004
National Shelter ; ACOSS ; Blunden HM; Wilson I, 2003, Rent Assistance: Does it Deliver Affordability?, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney, 348, https://www.aspc.unsw.edu.au/sites/www.aspc.unsw.edu.au/files/uploads/aspc_historical_conferences/2003/paper65.pdf
2003