Victoria Cornell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Adelaide. Her research is investigating the implications of new policy reforms in aged care on housing policy and agencies, specifically as relates to older people on low incomes and living in precarious housing situations. The research seeks to optimise outcomes for older people in the context of choice, independence, housing security, participation in community life and wellbeing; and improve older people’s futures by ensuring their housing and aged care needs are met in tandem.
Prior to commencing at the University, Victoria completed a PhD exploring what influences older people to prepare for emergencies. Victoria had an extensive career in the public sector before completing her PhD, working in both local and state government. She researched and compiled several local and state government policy and planning documents. For example, empty property strategies for two local councils in the UK, a ‘Syringe Management Plan’ for the City of Sydney Council, a role statement for South Australian councils with respect to emergency management, and the South Australian State Recovery Plan. For the eight years prior to working at the University, Victoria worked in the field of emergency management planning.
Victoria’s broader research interests include issues of vulnerability, resilience, community wellbeing and ageing; with an interest in reshaping academic debate and policy against the significant demographic changes we have started to experience, and will continue to experience, with an ageing population.