National Squalor Conference Presenters

Associate Professor Michele Slatter

Michele Slatter is an Associate Professor of Law at Flinders University in Adelaide. She worked in the City of London for a couple of years after her first degree and then returned to academia. Michele came to Flinders after being based at the Norwich Law School at the University of East Anglia and then the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She has lectured and researched in the areas of property law, housing law and access to law for over twenty years and has published widely both in academic and practitioner journals. She has also acted as a consultant to South Australian government Working Parties on tenancy dispute processes and boarding house law reform.

Her recent work, much of it completed under the auspices of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), explores aspects of ‘housing risk’ with special reference to tenancies. In that connection she has completed studies on eviction, discrimination, anti-social behaviour, tenant support and tenure change as well as hoarding. The importance and complexity of hoarding as a housing risk was first drawn to her attention during the time she served on the Board of the South Australian Housing Trust and has been underlined by other experience in the sector, including roles as Deputy Chair of The Women’s Housing Association SA; Deputy Chair of Shelter SA and a Board Member of Catherine House. Michele has also been actively involved with social justice agencies, including community law centres and housing advocacy groups, since her student days.