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

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

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

Attitudes to Climate Change Adaptation

Little research has examined how people adapt to climate change information and initiatives and most of the existing research is relatively narrow. The research aims to address issues around adaptive capacity and adaptive coping for specific population groups. The project will identify adaptive... Read more

Indigenous Home Ownership on Communal Land Titles

Indigenous home ownership has been a growing poloicy issue on governmental agendas, since at least 2001 when the Commonwealth, State and Territory Housing Ministers adopted their policy ‘Building a Better Future: Indigenous Housing to 2010’. The research will inform Indigenous home... Read more

ECQ Local Government Survey

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has been invited by the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) to provide a proposal for the 2011 Local Government Electoral Arrangement Surveys via computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) random digit dialling (RDD). This project will be... Read more

Young Public Servants

This study continues my research in the under-theorized area of workforce planning in public services. It focuses on the international problem of attracting and retaining young people in ageing public workforces. Governments can use the findings to develop evidence-based solutions that will attract... Read more

Strengthening Indigenous Governance in Bolivia Through Mining

Despite inherent challenges and instabilities, Bolivians recognise that the exploitation of natural resources could equate to development opportunities for its majority Indigenous population.  A number of small mining companies are actively exploring opportunities to support Indigenous... Read more

Collective Agreements & Social Security in Comparative Perspective

The current research focuses on an extension of recent studies (e.g. Trampusch 2006, Yerkes 2011) into the role of industrial relations actors in welfare state policy by looking at the interplay of social security policy and industrial relations in comparative context. The study takes the Dutch... Read more

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

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