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.

Systematic Social Analysis

The systematic social analysis is a collaborative interdisciplinary project between UQ, CSIRO, Griffith University and Queensland government. The project encompassed a systematic social analysis of urban water management options, including recycled water for potable use and demand management... Read more

Evaluation of the 'Street to Home' Initiative

The Street to Home initiative seeks to target people experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping and support them through a transition towards stable housing. This project proposes to evaluate the Street to Home initiative. The evaluation task requires an appraisal at the level of the... Read more

Developing Effective Services in Response to Indigenous Homelessness

This project is designed to provide a research evidence base to inform service and practice responses to homeless and public-place dwelling Indigenous people, including rough sleepers. It will involve identification and critical analysis of a number of different types of service responses to public... 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

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

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

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