• Chief investigators
  • Team investigators
  • PhD students
  • Projects

Chief Investigators

The team assembled for the project have backgrounds in mainstream geography, housing and labour market economics as well as considerable experience in public health research. The Melbourne based team, headed by A/Prof Anne Kavanagh (KCHWS, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne) brings expertise in social epidemiology, research methods and multilevel models. The Adelaide-based members comprise three teams. The first, headed by Professor Fran Baum (Flinders University) brings expertise in public health policy analysis and engagement, qualitative research and social capital. The second, headed by Professor Andrew Beer (Flinders University) brings expertise in housing, policy analysis and regional development. The third, headed by Professor Sue Richardson (Flinders University) brings expertise in labour market, concepts and measures of inequality and econometric analysis of large data sets. 

Pictured above: Professor Fran Baum, Professor Andrew Beer, A/Prof Anne Kavanagh and Professor Sue Richardson.


Team investigators

Team investigators working on the AHIP are:

Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University

Department of Geography, Population and Environmental Management, Flinders University
  • Dr Emma Baker

National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University

Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society, The University of Melbourne

Past Team Investigators

  • Christine Putland
  • Ms Lyndal Thomas


PhD Students

Kathryn Browne-Yung is based in the Southgate Institute for Health Society & Equity and is exploring the comparative experience of low income individuals living in advantaged and disadvantaged areas.
Janet Adkins is based in the school of Geography, Population and Environmental Management and is researching whether precarious housing affects health through psychological stress due to the absence of control. 
Jo Flavel is based in the National Institute of Labour Studies and is researching the impact of health on lifetime earnings, labour force experience and retirement. By examining the relationship between poor health and labour market outcomes over the life course, her project aims to determine the extent to which accumulating disadvantage associated with poor health influences the degree of income and health inequities post retirement. 
Julia Anaf is based in the Southgate Institute for Health Society & Equity and is exploring implications for workers and broader policy issues following retrenchment and plant closure at Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd. 
Louise Townend is a PhD student exploring the ideologies, discourses and evidence which inform, or are excluded from informing, obesity policy in Australia; the differential impact on obesity policy on the various ideologies; and the impact which different ideologies might have on health equity. She is in the very early stages of her PhD research, but this builds on previous work done as part of her MA. Her earlier work focused on the moralization of obesity and the convergence of individualized discourses of blame around ill health and poverty, and the implications of this for policy.



Changing Patterns of Employment and Unemployment: Impacts on Physical & Mental Health & the Meditating Role of Social Capital - is an NHMRC funded research program which will provide original insights into what aspects of employment help or harm health; and into what enables some people to escape the harm that others experience. This will provide vital information to underpin policies designed to gain the benefits of a flexible workplace with minimum harm to workers. For more information click here.

Location and Health - This four-year (2002-2006) project examines the differences in levels of social capital, mental and physical health between people living in four postcode areas with contrasting socio-economic status within metro-Adelaide. A central focus is with the impact that neighbourhoods characteristics have on the health and well-being of local communities. For more details please click here.

Mitsubishi, download HSRIP report and fact sheet about the project. View paper on "Children's account of the closure of a car factory"

VicLanes - A multilevel 3-year study funded by VicHealth - collecting individual, household and environmental information from 4913 households in 50 areas across Melbourne to examine the relationships between the individual, household and environmental factors that impact on health. Further information can be found here.

Australian Governments and Health Inequities - an analysis of key documents from each state/territory/federal health department to assess the extent to which documentary evidence suggests that each jurisdiction is aware of, and working to reduce, health inequities. view more here.

Social capital and public policy - The project examines the way in which social capital theory is being used in public policies and programs to improve health and wellbeing in South Australia. It is concerned with the ways in which networking and trust between people in communities (what we call 'social capital') are developed through local, community-based initiatives. Read more here.

Case Study of South Australia 's Social Inclusion Initiative - A report commissioned by the Social Exclusion Knowledge Network (SEKN) of the WHO's Commission on Social Determinants of Health to act as one of 14 background papers informing the SEKN's final report to the Commission. View report here.