Created in 2015 by Housing Choices Australia and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research honours the outstanding contribution made by Professor Mike Berry to the affordable housing sector in Australia, and to Housing Choices Australia and AHURI in particular.
Throughout his career Professor Mike Berry has made an exceptional contribution to the field of housing research as a former Executive Director of AHURI, a researcher of international repute and as Director of the AHURI Research Centre—RMIT University. He has published a vast body of research focussing on urban development processes, urban social theory, economics and public policy, and housing markets. He has been a long-term member of the Housing Choices Australia Board, including as Chair in 2013, and was Executive Director of AHURI from 1993 to 1999. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.
Known as The Berry, the Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research is presented each year for the best piece of new research at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference.
Winners of The Berry will receive an engraved award and a $1000 cash prize. Winners will also be listed on an honour board on the Housing Choices Australia and AHURI websites.
The award encourages future generations of researchers to strive for the same levels of excellence Professor Berry has achieved throughout his illustrious career, and it complements a range of other research capacity building activities AHURI undertakes to develop the skills and resources of the housing research community in Australia.
The winner of the Berry will be announced at this year’s Australasian Housing Researchers Conference in Melbourne in February.