Clare Aspinall

Clare is currently completing her PhD on ‘The evolution and transferability of Housing First in Aotearoa’. She is a research assistant on a study led by Jenny Ombler ‘The Right to Housing in Aotearoa’. This study aims to identify and develop pathways for realising the right to housing in Aotearoa.

Clare has research interests in homelessness, housing adequacy and equity, emergency and temporary housing, and effective ways to address and prevent homelessness in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

She is the Vice-Chair of Dwell Housing Trust and has 16 years of governance experience in the community housing sector.

Her tasks in the MBIE Endeavour funded Public Housing and Urban Development Programme are to liaise for the programme leads and workstreams with Dwell Housing Trust, co-design, conduct, and analyse interviews, and contribute to the development of project theory of change models. The research aims to understand the effect of public housing governance on aspects of tenant and community wellbeing and urban regeneration.

Clare’s research consists of qualitative methods, such as case studies, key informant interviews, document reviews, grounded theory, case comparison, and thematic analysis to gather and analyse data and develop study findings. 

For her Master's of Public Health Clare researched boarding houses in the Wellington region. Anyone can live in a boarding house, can’t they? The advantages and disadvantages of boarding houses 


Key publications

  1. He Kāinga Oranga: reflections on 25 years of measuring the improved health, wellbeing and sustainability of healthier housing.
    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand,
  2. Cadman, C. Carrington, L.
    Chapter Nine: More than a landlord: Realising the potential of the community housing sector.
    In S Bierre., P Howden-Chapman, L Early. (Eds.), Homes People Can Afford: How to Improve Housing in New Zealand.
    Wellington. Steele Roberts Aotearoa.
  3. Slade, M. Zussman, D. Seversinsen, C.
    Marginal Housing: Boarding Houses and Camping Grounds in New Zealand: Get involved and act now!
    14 (3), 23-25