Hazel is currently a Research Associate 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 interest 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.

 

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 two NSW Parliamentarians in the Housing, Fair Trading and other portfolio areas. Prior to this, Hazel was Policy Officer at housing peak body Shelter NSW, and a Tenant's Advocate in community legal centres.

 

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.

 

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 H; 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,
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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Fernandez E; Lee JS; Foote W; Blunden H; McNamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert PA, 2017, ''There's More to be Done; Sorry is Just a Word': Legacies of Out-of-Home Care in the 20th Century', Children Australia, vol. 42, pp. 176 - 197,
2017
Blunden H, 2016, 'Discourses around negative gearing of investment properties in Australia', Housing Studies, vol. 31, pp. 340 - 357,
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,
2015
Reports
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2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Report 1, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 13/19,
2019
2019, Evaluation of the Youth Advocate Program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2019
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
2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Literature Review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
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,
2017
Fernandez EA; Lee J-S; Blunden H; McNamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert P, 2016, No Child Should Grow Up Like This: Identifying long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and the Stolen Generations, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW,
2016
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,
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,
2012
Phibbs P; Milligan V; Blunden HM, 2012, Post Implementation Review of the ACT Land Rent Scheme, Treasury, Australian Capital territory Government.,
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,
2007
Blunden HM, 2005, Public housing and nonhousing outcomes, Shelter NSW, Sydney, Shelter Policy Briefs, 25,
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,
2004
National Shelter ; ACOSS ; Blunden HM; Wilson I, 2003, Rent Assistance: Does it Deliver Affordability?, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney, 348,
2003