Daphne Habibis is an Associate Professor of sociology in the School of Social Sciences, and former Director of the Housing and Community Research Unit at the University of Tasmania. Her career is concerned with understanding and addressing social inequality. Her current work is concerned with race relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and with Indigenous housing, especially as it impacts on family violence. She has over 60 publications and is co-author of Social Inequality in Australia: Discourses, Realities and Futures as well as Australia’s best-selling sociology text book.
Projects include examining Commonwealth and state governments efforts to improve housing in remote Indigenous communities and an ARC Linkage grant that asks Aboriginal people for their views on settler Australian people and culture. With Dr Hookway and Dr Vreugdenhil, she has also been developing a research agenda on kindness as an ethical emotion that extends beyond the interpersonal to institutional domains.
In recent years her work has been policy focused, especially in relation to remote Indigenous housing where she has explored the intersection between Aboriginal aspirations for self-determination and the state’s agenda of active citizenship for Aboriginal people.