Our research team


Our Research team operates out of our Fitzroy office. Working across the organisation, our researchers regularly collaborate with other community service agencies, universities, research institutes and government agencies.

Violet Kolar is Hanover’s Assistant Manager—Research. An experienced qualitative researcher, Violet has contributed to many key projects conducted by Hanover. She had primary responsibility for coordinating the Family Longitudinal Outcomes Study—the first longitudinal study on family homelessness in Australia. A key piece of work involved coordinating a study exploring the parenting beliefs and practices of Australian parents at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. This project was part of a larger international research collaboration on cross-cultural parenting practices. It involved working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the United States, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Sweden. Violet has published widely and presented at numerous international and local conferences.

Email Violet or phone (03) 9288 9802.

Deb BatterhamResearcher Deb Batterham has worked at Hanover for 12 years. In that time she has undertaken work on homelessness and public perceptions, disability , employment and ageing. She has also worked on the evaluation of two large scale trials of innovative service delivery; the Homeless and Drug Dependency Trial (which provided long term case management support with priority access to drug treatment services for people with long term histories of homelessness and substance abuse), and the YP4 trial (which provided long term case management and joined up service delivery to young people experiencing unemployment and homelessness). In 2012 she received the Federal Housing Minister’s Early Career Researchers Award for her work on the structural drivers of homelessness in Victoria. The second stage of this work, investigating the structural drivers of homelessness across Australia from 2001-2011, is currently underway in partnership with researchers at RMIT and is funded by AHURI.

Email Deb or phone (03) 9288 9811.

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