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.

Intelligence Methods

The “intell methods” project is part of the “Attacking Serious and Organized Crime” program of research. It is unique in that it is funded to start in 2012. The foundations and preparatory work for this project has been funded by two grants from the Department of Prime... Read more

Youth Gang Violence

Gang membership is an international issue which has impacted rates of crime around the world. Whilst similar organisations of gangs exist across the globe, each formation has its own culture and traditions that permeate the very community in which the gang is located. This project seeks to... Read more

Recycled Water Risk Communication

Australian water utilities are under increasing pressure to maintain potable water supplies in the face of increasing population and the impacts of climate change and variability. In response to these pressures, water utilities have adopted a portfolio approach to water supply, diversifying supply... Read more

Concentrations of Social Disadvantage

This project focuses on the role of housing, housing policies and programs in how we understand, and where appropriate, address the challenges presented by spatial concentrations of disadvantage. This project will: 1. Seek to identify the ways in which social disadvantage has been conceptualised... Read more

HarvestR Validation

This project represents a rigorous scientific evaluation of HarvestR, and is expected to validate the technology in order to secure reseller licence with Leximancer and OEM licence to ThoughtWeb. HarvestR is software used to filter, prioritise and locate information from large text-based... Read more

Evaluation of "Coordinated Response to Young People at Risk" (CRYPAR)

The Coordinated Response to Young People at Risk Program (CRYPAR) was initiated by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 2006 in the North Brisbane and Pine Rivers Policing Districts, and later expanded to include Logan and Rockhampton. It recognised that mainstream policing approaches - with... Read more

Control Chart Methodology to Monitor Workload & Performance Measures

This research focuses on the further development and refinement of control chart methodology for monitoring organisational activity, resourcing and performance outcomes to inform management decisions within the AFP. This project extended current lists of performance measures to incorporate a... Read more

Reconceptualising Housing Need in 21st Century Australian Housing Policy

This project investigated the usefulness of regulatory frameworks for the ‘not for profit’ housing sector in Australia. It reviewed the potential advantages and disadvantages of regulation in the light of the criticisms made of burdensome and ineffective regulation in the UK. It also... Read more

Models of Supporting Housing Evaluation

The proposed study will evaluate the effectiveness of models of supportive housing. Focusing on models with both onsite support in congregated forms and dispersed housing with support provided through outreach, it examines how different models operate, particularly the integration of support,... Read more

Public Finance Management for Improved Indigenous Governance

The terms and conditions under which public finance is directed into the territories of local governance – community associations, elected local governments, organisations rooted in custom, local ethnic or other identities – can powerfully affect the orientation and capabilities people... Read more

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