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.

The National Security and Preparedness Study (NSPS)

The NSPS contributes to the literature surrounding the sociology of disasters, resilience and recovery, and preparedness for both natural and man-made (e.g. terrorism) disasters in the Australian context and asks: How do global and community-wide security threats or incidents affect Australians... Read more

Multi-Site Trials of Third Party Policing: Project ABILITY

Project ABILITY is an initiative of the Queensland Police Service, with programmatic funding through the National Drug Strategy Law Enforcement Funding Committee (NDSLEFC), the Queensland Police Service Drug and Alcohol Unit as well as The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and... Read more

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) is the world’s first randomised field trial that tested whether procedurally just encounters between the police and citizens can improve citizen perceptions of police. Working closely with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the research team... Read more

Housing Support Options for Older Homeless People

This project seeks to provide a comprehensive evidence base to address the issue of homeless people amongst older people (those aged 55 or older). While some of the broad contours of this issue are understood, there is a lack of clear research evidence concerning the nature, extent and distribution... Read more

Terrorism and CT in SE Asia

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in SE Asia: The use of self-exciting models to assess the impact of CT measures on terrorist patterns over time. This grant proposes to develop mathematical models to for analyzing terrorist activity. These models will help to advance the existing theoretical... Read more

Public responses to alternative water supplies

To extend the understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors that influence risk perceptions and acceptance of alternative water supplies. The research will investigate the perceived risk dimensions most closely linked to acceptance and show how identity and climate change beliefs... Read more

Utilisation of Social Science Research

Academics lament that policy-makers ignore their research, while policy decision-makers argue that academic research is largely irrelevant to their needs. This project aims to reconcile these two positions by investigating social science research utilisation within public sector agencies.... Read more

Inter-organisational Collaboration in Response to Homelessness

This research reviewed existing evidence and examine examples of contemporary leading practice to identify principles, policies and prctices for effective collaboration amongst specialist homelessness services and between mainstream and specialist homelessness services. Processes of service... Read more

Investigating policy learning in public-private partnerships through case studies in Queensland and New South Wales

This project investigates two cases of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to address an enduring question in policy studies: how can lessons be drawn from past examples in other jurisdictions? The Brisbane Airtrain and the Sydney Airport Link, two infrastructure PPPs with similar objectives,... Read more

Public Perceptions of Water Quality (Seqwater)

This project represents research conducted as a precursor to an ARC Linkage grant. The project investigates what is currently known about public responses to taste and odour in water and explores Australian’s water quality perceptions and experience of taste and odour events.

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