Research fellows, graduate researchers and research assistants
Dr Ang Li
Ang Li is a Research Fellow in Health Housing at the Centre for Health Policy within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Her research interests are in social and environmental determinants of health using social epidemiology and health econometrics methodologies. Her current work focuses on the nexus between housing and health over the life course and the role of housing in mitigation and adaptation to the health impact of climate change and extreme weather. She has expertise in applying econometrics and causal modelling to assess housing and health inequalities using longitudinal, administrative, and linked data. She has received multiple early career researcher grants in recent years. She previously worked as a health econometrician at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District, applying econometrics and statistics to evaluate health services, clinical interventions, and public policies. Her PhD thesis on housing and fertility was awarded the Walter Noel Gillies Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Economics by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Dr Cynthia Isley
Cynthia Isley is a Research Fellow in Environmental Science at the University of Adelaide, researching how cold Australian homes really are, via the indoor temperature validation study. Cynthia has expertise in investigating environmental contaminants, particularly in air and dust; and determining what these mean in terms of human health risk. For the last few years, Cynthia has been running the DustSafe citizen science program, investigating contaminants in homes across Australia and in 35 countries. She has recently completed research in the Pacific Islands on the health risk of air pollutants from burning of household waste, traffic emissions and industrial diesel burning.
Adelle Mansour is a Research Fellow in Healthy Housing at the Centre for Health Policy within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. After completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne in 2021, Adelle now provides research support in the University's Healthy Housing Unit, where she works across a variety of projects. In 2023 Adelle hopes to undertake a PhD focused on climate and housing.
Erika Martino is a Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at the Centre for Health Policy within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Erika provides research support in the Healthy Housing Unit and her PhD explores how housing policy, programs and hybrid partnerships can promote violence prevention and health through increased access to safe, affordable and quality housing.
Dr Helen Dinmore
Helen Dinmore is a writer and researcher with a background in the Humanities and a particular interest in housing, work, and the stories we tell about social and economic disadvantage. Her work on the Healthy Housing CRE focuses on policy translation. She has previously worked on the ARC-funded Linkage Project Future Work, Future Communities, researching the closure of Australia's automotive industry and retrenched workers' experiences in the labour market. Helen holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.
Amber Howard is a Research Assistant in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Housing, and a current PhD candidate. Her research explores young adults' housing trajectories in the contexts of declining access to homeownership and social housing, considering how interactions between age and socio-economic position shape housing opportunities and the outcomes they have across young adults' lives. Comparing Australia and the Netherlands, she seeks to understand how these opportunities and their outcomes differ across societies, shaped by broader socio-cultural, political and economic contexts, welfare regimes, and housing market dynamics.
Yuxi Li is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global health, at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD investigates the impact of housing on children’s health through the life course using causal methods. Her research interests include social determinants of health, health economics, and quantitative methods. Prior to her PhD candidature she completed a Master of Science in Social Epidemiology at University College London, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Food Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Dr Amy Clair
Amy Clair is a researcher in the Australian Centre for Housing Research at The University of Adelaide. Her work focuses on the many ways that housing influences health as part of the complexity stream of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Healthy Housing. Her research has demonstrated associations between housing experiences and health biomarkers, developed a measure of housing precariousness and highlighted the importance of housing to child well-being.