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.

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.

Sustainable Regions Research (CRN, SCU collaboration)

This multidisciplinary Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project will build research capacity in several areas of emerging research strength at Southern Cross University (SCU) relevant to policy and planning research for sustainable regions. This includes policy and planning research... Read more

The Impact of the Place of Living on Social Participation & Well-Being in Older Age

The impact of the place of living on social participation and well-being in older age: Australia in a cross-national perspective. Explore the links between place of living, social participation and well-being at older age using data from large-scale panel surveys covering Australia and a range... Read more

Developing an Effective Homelessness Workforce

The Road to Home (2008) identified the development of a workforce strategy as a central component oh homelessness policy and an integral element of an effective response to homelessness. The aim of this project was to provide a research evidence base for the development of an effective homelessness... Read more

Random Breath Testing and Alcohol-Related Traffic Crash Rates

This research examines the relationship between random breath testing (RBT) and alcohol-related traffic crash (ARTC) rates for all Australian states and territories. The results will provide an evi- dence base to consider best practice in terms of setting ratios of RBTs to licensed drivers.... Read more

The Counter Terrorism i-Library

The Counter Terrorism Intelligent Library (CTiL) is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). Developed in 2009, the CTiL is a database and associated infrastructure that identifies, records and maintains a list of counter-terrorism interventions, all accessible... Read more

Government Agencies use of Evidence

This proposal seeks to scope the essential underlying issues involved in the question: 'How do government agencies at different levels use evidence in making decisions and how effective is their decision making and use of evidence?’ The research literature concerning this complex multi... Read more

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