Dr Hazel Blunden

Research Associate
PhD
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

Room 201, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Consultation

By appointment.
Fields: Social Change, Social and Cultural Geography, Urban Sociology and Community Studies, Urban and Regional Studies, Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social I, Human Geography not elsewhere classified, Economic Geography
Tags: Community Service (excl. Work), Government and Politics

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

Research

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

Teaching

Hazel is an experienced tutor and lecturer and has convened and co-convened courses. She has taught across a range of social sciences, economics and urban studies courses at UNSW, UTS and WSU. Hazel manages blended learning content and course administraiton as well as doing face to face classes.

2017

Tutor, Economics, Society and Globalism, UTS
Tutor, Self and Society, UTS
Lecturer (sessional) and co-convenor Research Methods, UNSW
Co-course convenor, Theory, Ethics and Research Impact

2016

Lecturer (sessional) and co-convenor, Research Methods, UNSW
Social Research and Society, UNSW

2015

Social Research and Society, UNSW

2011-2014

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

Honours and prizes

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

Affiliations and membership

Inner West Council Council Affordable Housing Strategic Reference Committee