Homelessness and Homeless People: An Australian History

Extending from the late 19th century to the present, this project analyses the understandings of and policies developed for homeless people in their shifting contexts. 

Taking Australia as a case study, this project explores the changing profile and experience of people who were homeless, including the women, young people and Indigenous people. In doing so, it sheds light on people whose experiences have long been obscured. 

The project gives depth to intersectional explanations of homelessness and reveals past trajectories in order to support appropriate policy interventions. Our research generates new knowledge of the long history of modern homelessness, the benefits of which include a depth of perspective about why homelessness persists and how best to craft efforts to eradicate it.

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council / Discovery Project (DP180100354)


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Professor Anne O’Brien

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