Dr Hazel   Blunden
Research Fellow

Dr Hazel Blunden

Ph.D, Macquarie University

BA (Hons.), La Trobe University

Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre

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

Phone
+61 2 9385 6407
Location
Level 2, Goodsell Building

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2016
    Blunden H; Drake G, 2016, 'Homelessness, the 'housing first' approach and the creation of 'home'', in Housing in 21st-Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies, pp. 205 - 220
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Blunden H, 2012, 'Housing and the Olympic Games', in Lenskyj H; Wagg S (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 520 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Blunden H, 2012, 'The Olympic Games and Housing', in The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 520 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463_33
    Book Chapters | 2004
    Blunden HM; Darcy M; Stubbs J; Perry J, 2004, 'Housing Costs and Work Location in Sydney', in Carlson E (ed.), A Future That Works, Centre for Full Employment and Equity, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 84 - 92, http://search.informit.com.au/browsePublication;isbn=1920701494;res=IELBUS
    Book Chapters |
    Blunden H, 'The Olympic Games and Housing', in The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463.0039
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Duff C; Hill N; Blunden H; valentine K; Randall S; Scutella R; Johnson G, 2021, 'Leaving rehab: enhancing transitions into stable housing', AHURI Final Report, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri53211
    Journal articles | 2021
    Blunden H; Giuntoli G; Newton BJ; Katz I, 2021, 'Victims/Survivors’ Perceptions of Helpful Institutional Responses to Incidents of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse', Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, vol. 30, pp. 56 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2020.1801932
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dew A; Lenette C; Smith L; Boydell K; Bibby H; Lappin J; Coello M; Raman S; Velkou K; Wells R; Momartin S; Blunden H; Higgins M; Murad M; Barry J; Mohammad Y, 2020, '“To the Arabic community disability is not normal”: Understandings of disability among Iraqi and Syrian people from refugee backgrounds.', Journal of Refugee Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa111
    Journal articles | 2020
    Blunden H; Flanagan K, 2020, 'Housing options for women leaving domestic violence: the limitations of rental subsidy models', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1867711
    Journal articles | 2019
    Liu E; Blunden H, 2019, 'Cultural diversity and sensitivity in public estate renewals: evidence from an Australian longitudinal study', Housing Studies, vol. 35, pp. 1004 - 1024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1644296
    Journal articles | 2017
    Fernandez E; Lee JS; Foote W; Blunden H; McNamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert P-A, 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 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2017.29
    Journal articles | 2016
    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
    Journal articles | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Blunden H; Drake G, 2016, 'Homelessness, the 'housing first' approach and the creation of 'home'', in Housing in 21st-Century Australia: People, Practices and Policies, pp. 205 - 220
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Blunden H, 2012, 'Housing and the Olympic Games', in Lenskyj H; Wagg S (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 520 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Blunden H, 2012, 'The Olympic Games and Housing', in The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 520 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463_33
    Book Chapters | 2004
    Blunden HM; Darcy M; Stubbs J; Perry J, 2004, 'Housing Costs and Work Location in Sydney', in Carlson E (ed.), A Future That Works, Centre for Full Employment and Equity, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 84 - 92, http://search.informit.com.au/browsePublication;isbn=1920701494;res=IELBUS
    Book Chapters |
    Blunden H, 'The Olympic Games and Housing', in The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230367463.0039
  • Reports | 2020
    valentine K; Cripps K; Flanagan K; Habibis D; Martin C; Blunden H, 2020, Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri7116001, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/339
    Reports | 2020
    Bryant J; Horwitz R; Gray R; Lafferty L; Jops P; Blunden H; Brener L, 2020, Barriers and enablers associated with access and equity in alcohol and other drug treatment in NSW, UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5f1a2d1d11d61
    Reports | 2020
    valentine K; Blunden H; Zufferey C; Spinney A; Zirakbash F, 2020, Supporting families effectively through the homelessness services system, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-7119201, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/330
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 2019
    Flanagan K; Blunden H; Valentine K; Henriette J, 2019, Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, AHURI journal, 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri-4116101, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/311
    Reports | 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d1aa73b5c6e7
    Reports | 2019
    Skattebol J; Blunden H, 2019, Evaluation of the Youth Advocate Program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    Reports | 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ccbd05add7a7
    Reports | 2019
    Blunden H, 2019, Evaluation of Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus) – Literature Review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    Reports | 2018
    Zmudzki F; Muir S; Blunden H; Bates S; Katz I; valentine K; Harvey J, 2018, Evaluation Report: DVA Coordinated Client Support Program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
    Reports | 2018
    Walsh P; McHugh M; Blunden H; Katz I, 2018, Literature Review: Factors Influencing the Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care, NSW Family and Community Services, Sydney, Report Number 6, https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/download?file=656569
    Reports | 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, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/research/projects/better-places-stronger-communities-project-evaluation/
    Reports | 2017
    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
    Reports | 2016
    Fernandez E; Lee JS; Blunden HM; Mcnamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert P-A, 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, http://www.forgottenaustralians.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/uploads/UNSW_ForgottenAustralians_Report_Nov16.pdf
    Reports | 2015
    Crabtree L; Phibbs P; Blunden HM; Moore N; Sappideen C, 2015, Community Land Trusts and Indigenous Communities: from Strategies to Outcomes, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 239, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/2220/AHURI_Final_Report_No239_Community-Land-Trusts-and-Indigenous-communities-from-strategies-to-outcomes.pdf
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 2014
    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
    Reports | 2014
    Blunden HM; Darcy M, 2014, Determining the Financial Barriers moving from Welfare to Work, Urban Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Sydney
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 2013
    Blunden HM; Drake G; Newton K; Darcy M, 2013, Boarding Houses Review, Parramatta, Parramatta City Council
    Reports | 2012
    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
    Reports | 2012
    Crabtree L; Blunden H; Milligan V; Phibbs P; Sappideen ; Moore N, 2012, Community land trusts and indigenous housing options, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70639
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 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
    Reports | 2007
    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
    Reports | 2005
    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
    Reports | 2004
    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
    Reports | 2003
    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
  • Conference Presentations | 2018
    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
    Conference Papers | 2004
    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, -
    Preprints |
    valentine K; Cripps K; Flanagan K; Habibis D; Martin C; Blunden H, Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families, http://dx.doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/kb45q
    Preprints |
    Duff C; Hill N; Blunden H; valentine K; Randall S; Scutella R; Johnson G, Leaving rehab: enhancing transitions into stable housing, http://dx.doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/vypsj
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bryant J; Horwitz R; Gray RM; Lafferty L; Jops P; Blunden H; Hudson S; Brener L, 2021, 'Improving access to drug and alcohol treatment in NSW Australia: The role of self-determination and peer support', Health and Social Care in the Community, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13639
    Journal articles | 2021
    Blunden H; Giuntoli G; Newton BJ; Katz I, 2021, 'Victims/Survivors’ Perceptions of Helpful Institutional Responses to Incidents of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse', Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, vol. 30, pp. 56 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2020.1801932
    Journal articles | 2021
    Duff C; Hill N; Blunden H; valentine K; Randall S; Scutella R; Johnson G, 2021, 'Leaving rehab: enhancing transitions into stable housing', AHURI Final Report, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri53211
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dew A; Lenette C; Smith L; Boydell K; Bibby H; Lappin J; Coello M; Raman S; Velkou K; Wells R; Momartin S; Blunden H; Higgins M; Murad M; Barry J; Mohammad Y, 2020, '“To the Arabic community disability is not normal”: Understandings of disability among Iraqi and Syrian people from refugee backgrounds.', Journal of Refugee Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa111
    Journal articles | 2020
    Blunden H; Flanagan K, 2020, 'Housing options for women leaving domestic violence: the limitations of rental subsidy models', Housing Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2020.1867711
    Journal articles | 2019
    Liu E; Blunden H, 2019, 'Cultural diversity and sensitivity in public estate renewals: evidence from an Australian longitudinal study', Housing Studies, vol. 35, pp. 1004 - 1024, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2019.1644296
    Journal articles | 2017
    Fernandez E; Lee JS; Foote W; Blunden H; McNamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert P-A, 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 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2017.29
    Journal articles | 2016
    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
    Journal articles | 2015
    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

Awards

Vice Chancellors Excellence In Engaged Research Award, Western Sydney University, 2014.

Grants

Media

My research is conducted via the Social Policy Research Centre. Current projects include:

 

  • An evaluation fo the Universal Screening Service
  • Evaluation of the Justice Advocacy Service
  • The wellbeing of St Vincent de Paul Amelie Housing tenants - longitudinal study

And various other projects. These can be viewed on my profile where a full list of publications can be accessed.

Hazel is a long-time voluntary member of the Inner West Council Council Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Committee, which advises Inner West Council on housing-related matters.

Hazel Blunden has a continuous record of teaching across social sciences courses (including social research methods, urban studies and political economy) at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), University of New South Wales (NSW), Western Sydney University (WSU) and also earlier on at Macquarie University and University of Sydney. Hazel has convened Masters level courses in FASS at UNSW as well as tutored on a range of undergraduate courses at UTS and UNSW. She has designed course content and managed and delivered face to face and online/blended learning course content. 

Hazel manages blended learning content and course administration as well as doing face to face classes.

2020

Convenor, Social Research and Policy Project SOSS3002, UNSW

Head Tutor, Qualitative Social Research Project, SOSS2001, UNSW

 

2019

Tutor, Social Research and Society SRAP1001, UNSW

Guest lecturer, marking, Research Methods and Design SRAP5101, UNSW

Tutor, Contemporary Global Economy 99208, UTS

Course convenor, Research Methods and Design SRAP5101, UNSW

Lecturer/tutor, Social Research and Policy Project SRAP3002, UNSW

Marking, Research Methods and Design SRAP5103, UNSW

2018

Marking, Research Methods and Design SRAP5101, UNSW

Marking, Theory, Ethics and Research Impact SRAP5102, UNSW

Tutor, Investigating for Change 54053, UTS

Guest lecturer, Past, Present and Future of Innovation 81513, UTS

Tutor, Economy, Society and Globalism 54052, UTS

2017

Lecturer/tutor, Social Research and Policy Project SRAP3002, UNSW

Co-course convenor, Theory, Ethics and Research Impact SRAP5102, UNSW

Tutor, Economics, Society and Globalism 54052, UTS
Tutor, Self and Society 54050, UTS
Co-convenor, Theory, Ethics and Research Impact SRAP5102, UNSW

Co-convenor, Research Methods and Design SRAP5101, UNSW

2016

Tutor, Social Research and Society SRAP1001, UNSW

Co-convenor, Research Methods and Project Design SRAP5101, UNSW

Co-convenor, Research Methods and Project Design SRAP5101, UNSW

 

2015

Tutor, Social Research and Society SRAP1001, UNSW

Tutor, Cities: An Introduction to Urban Studies 101589.2, WSU

Tutor, Social Research Methods 400337.4, WSU

Convenor, Geographies of Social Difference 101556, WSU

2011-2014

Geographies of Social Difference, WSU
Social Research Methods, WSU
Economies and Cities and Regions, WSU
Applied Social Research, WSU