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Professor Paul Flatau is the Director of the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact (CSI UWA) at the UWA Business School. The CSI UWA is a research, teaching and public engagement centre with a focus on working with others to ending entrenched disadvantage and bring about positive social and economic change in Australia.

Paul has over 100 publications covering a broad range of fields including labour economics, the history of economic thought, and the economics of social policy. He has made a significant contribution to the study of poverty and housing markets , the analysis of social and economic outcomes and the impact and cost-effectiveness of programs in a number of fields including poverty, education, youth justice, unemployment, homelessness, and housing.

In recent years, Paul has made significant contribution to homelessness research in Australia. His most recent work covers topics such as intergenerational homelessness, homelessness and service integration, the costs of homelessness, youth homelessness and refugees and homelessness.