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.

Paid Parental Leave Evaluation

This project is an evaluation of the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme which commenced on January 1, 2011. The evaluation, which began in 2010, was commissioned by the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (now the Department of... Read more

Strategies of Influence for Water Sensitive Cities

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to understand how political leaders and policy makers make the decisions that affect the implementation of water sensitive cities and enhance the capacity for influencing opinion formation and policy marking to facilitate progress... Read more

Dynamic social systems and adolescent alcohol and tobacco use: A new cusp catastrophe model

This project developed and evaluated the new analytic approach, Cusp Catastrophe Modelling (CCM), to test adolescent alcohol and tobacco use. Specific complex behavioural systems were also evaluated, where behaviours change markedly in response to subtle variations on key factors.

A Retrospective Examination of Policing Interventions to Reduce Maxillofacial Injuries

This project reviews the evidence of the effectiveness of policing interventions designed to prevent alcohol-related violence in Australia. Policing alcohol-fuelled violence in and around licensed premises is core police business and a growing concern across Australia. We aim to undertake a... Read more

Understanding How Criminals Decide Where and When to Offend

This project sought to understand the factors and processes that lead people to commit criminal offences. By building a comprehensive model of offender mobility, we will be better able to describe what influences burglar preferences about where and when to commit crime. This understanding will... Read more

Evaluation of Homelessness Service Integration Demonstration Project

This project involves an ‘integrated case management’ (ICM) approach to reduce the incidence of homelessness. This approach involves multi-agency case management and may comprise a number of structures and processes including a service integration coordinator, regular multi-agency... Read more

Overcrowding for Indigenous Households in Non-Remote Areas

Our research aim is to build an Aboriginal model of crowding and then to test its veracity and application to Aboriginal crowding in non-remote settings, and in so doing uncover salient dimensions and properties of Aboriginal crowding. It is expected these findings may inform and refine definitions... Read more

Better Governance for Complex Decision-Making

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to engage with the governance challenges of sustainable urban water management. This project analyses problems and challenges that are central for understanding and addressing the impediments to development of policy and... Read more

Behaviour Change for Water Sensitive Cities

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to accelerate transitions to Water Sensitive Cities by influencing behavior. This project focuses on household behavior that affects water consumption, quality and run off as an important part of the solution to the issues of... Read more

For Better or For Worse? Understanding the Revolution in Married Life in Australia

Marriage has traditionally been viewed as the bedrock institution of society. But recent evidence suggests that marriage patterns have been transformed. People are marrying less, and those who do are  marrying later, separating more, and often marrying after cohabiting and having children.... Read more

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