Resilient and connected

Communities are the places where people live, work, socialise and play. Our program of research explores the range of community dynamics that lead to resilient and healthy communities, as well as the factors that create vulnerabilities, crime, disorder and inter-group hostilities. 

We study policies and programs that help build social cohesion, harmony and positive neighbouring relations.

We also work closely with industry partners to test, under randomised field trial conditions, innovative approaches for reducing crime and delinquency problems, increasing citizen perceptions of police and institutional legitimacy, and building the capacity for communities to self- regulate and prevent crime and disorder problems.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Learning catalysts: Improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged children

The Learning Catalysts project investigates factors associated with educational success based on a study of 34,000 disadvantaged young people and their families. The project aims to examine the circumstances of disadvantaged young people and their families, identify factors contributing to improved... Read more

Parental engagement: developing effective strategies for schools to engage the disengaged

This project will examine the prevalence of positive parental and community engagement with State schools in Queensland and develop models and strategies to improve school engagement. While previous research has shown that parental and community engagement with schools and student learning... Read more

Department of Social Services (DSS) Longitudinal Analysis Training

The aim of the course is to provide up to date knowledge to the Department of Social Services (DSS) on methods and techniques for undertaking longitudinal survey data analysis. This will furnish participants with an indepth understanding of how to analyse, interpret, and present longitudinal data... Read more

Enhancing social research in Australia using dual-frame telephone surveys

Using national surveys for social research is important for the measurement of social and health related outcomes. The social research industry typically conducts surveys by sampling from lists of landline telephone numbers. However, it is estimated that one in five people are currently resident in... Read more

Housing Transitions and Fertility

Housing transitions - such as changes in housing tenure and residential mobility - are the outcomes of complex history of other life-course events such as union formation and dissolution, birth of children, and changes in employment. Research on the effect of family events on housing changes is... Read more

Resolving Complex Policy Problems – the role of social science

This project will show how social science research can enhance policy decision-making on complex social issues. Factors which help or hinder productive use of social research will be identified, and models for improving these relationships will be examined. The project investigates complex case-... Read more

Respectful Relationships Program Evaluation

ISSR has been commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to undertake a longitudinal outcome and process evaluation of multiple funding initiatives aimed at preventing sexual assault through education. This project involves an outcome... Read more

Millennium Mums Survey: Enhancing mothers’ engagement with the workforce in the preschool years

The Millennium Mums project is a national study of working mothers who had babies in October and November 2011. The project examines their experiences with leave from their employer and decisions about paid employment, as well as family life, health and wellbeing around the birth of their baby.... Read more

Dynamic Situation Tracking of Big Data

This project is researching new methods to detect, measure and characterise “events” that arise in complex, textual “big data” flows. The research uses Situation Tracking technology developed by the project leader, Dr Andrew Smith.  It tracks “situations... Read more

Defining the Impact of Regionalism on Aboriginal Housing and Settlements

The aim of this project is to analyse, quantify and improve our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing needs by developing an innovative regional approach to needs assessment, that considers cultural protocols, access to services, sustainable design and regional governance.... Read more