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Dr Cameron Duff

Position: Senior Lecturer
College / Portfolio: Business
School / Department: Management
Phone: 9925 5920
Campus: Melbourne City Campus
Contact me about: Research supervision

Dr Cameron Duff is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for People, Organisation and Work in the School of Management at RMIT University in Melbourne. Grounded in political science, and with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, his research program has three main areas of activity: (A) theoretically informed investigations of ‘social context’, place and community; (B) empirical investigations of the ways notions of ‘place’ and ‘community’ are mobilised in social innovations in the community sector; and (C) organisational studies focusing on the role of workforce development and program delivery in the design of innovative housing and/or mental health supports. Across these activities, he has been especially interested in how social innovation drives social change in the community and not-for-profit sectors, with a focus on housing policy and mental health care. He regularly collaborate with researchers at the Centre for People, Organisation and Work, the Social and Global Studies Centre, and the Future Social Services Institute where he is embedded in key research programs in social care, housing and mental health research.

Across these activities, his research indicates how demands for social change typically reflect enduring struggles over place and belonging, identity and social inclusion. His work seeks to disrupt established accounts of place and community and introduce novel ways of thinking about the dynamics of social innovation. His research is grounded in detailed empirical studies of innovative responses to mental illness, homelessness and addiction in varied settings. Along with his collaborators, Cameron publish the results of this research in the top international journals in organisational studies, sociology, geography and planning, public health and medical anthropology.

Cameron is currently leading a large AHURI Inquiry Program exploring pathways out of institutional settings for individuals with a history of housing insecurity. Working with colleagues at the University of New South Wales, Curtin University and the University of Tasmania, the program involves three linked projects; one exploring experiences of people leaving residential treatment for mental health and/or substance use conditions; another exploring experiences exiting custodial settings; and a third project exploring transitions from out of home care.

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

AHURI Inquiry Program (19/PRO/53210). Enhancing the coordination of housing supports for Current Projectsindividuals leaving institutional settings.

This Inquiry aims to develop clear policy directions for enhancing ‘post-exit’ housing supports to promote coordinated housing assistance for individuals leaving institutional settings. The Inquiry focuses on pathways and transitions into and between three institutional domains: residential treatment for mental health and/or substance use problems; the criminal justice system; and out of home care. The key research goals are to identify models of best practice in transition planning in each domain, and to propose strategies for enhancing coordination between institutional settings and housing and social support services. The Inquiry Program involves original empirical research conducted in four states (Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia) with academic partners based at the Housing and Community Research Unit (University of Tasmania), the Health Research and Data Analytics Hub (Curtin University), and the City Futures Research Centre (UNSW).

AHURI Housing Project (19/PRO/53211). Leaving Treatment: Enhancing Transitions into Stable Housing. 

This project investigates strategies for enhancing the tailoring and delivery of housing and social supports for individuals leaving residential treatment for mental health and/or substance use problems. Our goals are to identify models of best practice in transition planning, and to propose strategies for enhancing coordination between residential treatment providers and other key social and housing supports to mitigate the risk of housing insecurity and homelessness for individuals leaving treatment. Grounded in the analysis of linked administrative data and qualitative inquiries with key stakeholders, the project aims to identify clear organisational strategies for improving service coordination and enhancing transition planning in residential treatment and across the social care sector.

  • Leaving Rehab: Enhancing Transitions into Stable Housing. Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2020)

  • Inquiry into enhancing the coordination of housing supports for individuals leaving institutional settings. Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2021)

  • Recovery and wellbeing following stroke in Southeast Asia: ethnicity, affordances and the impact of community level factors – Administered by Monash University. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects via other University Grant 2014 from (2014 to 2016)
Note: Supervision projects since 2004

1 PhD Completions
6 PhD Current Supervisions

Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, Organisational theory, Public health, Urban renewal, Innovation, Digital health, At-risk youth, Housing and homelessness, Mental health promotion

Dr Cameron Duff’s work explores complex health and social problems in urban settings.