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.

From Disadvantage to Success? Indigenous Participation in Urban Marketplace

The importance of economic development to Indigenous self-determination cannot be underscored - through employment and entrepreneurship; individuals are attempting to succeed economically and culturally in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contexts. Close to three quarters of Australia's... Read more

Law Enforcement Role in Controlling Misuse of Pharmaceuticals: Assessing the Impact of ProjectSTOP on Crime

ProjectSTOP is a real time recording (RTR) system designed to reduce the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based products used in the production of methamphetamine and to help pharmacists determine whether customers of pseudoephedrine products are legitimate or illegitimate users. We are the only... Read more

Retirement Villages and Later Life Transitions

Retirement villages and later life transitions: The impact of financial and contractual obligations. Although retirement villages constitute the major form of specialised housing for older people, little is known of how older people manage their life transitions in the context of the significant... Read more

Dad and Partner Pay Evaluation

The project is an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) scheme. DaPP aims to create new opportunities for fathers and partners to bond with their newborn child, and allow them to take a larger share of caring responsibilities for their newborn children. The... Read more

Building Police Partnerships

Partnerships between police and other agencies, such as education providers, business operators, and other community agencies, are becoming more common in the modern era of policing, where police resources are required for a broader range of community issues with the goal being crime control.... Read more

Assessing the Impact of Project STOP on Methamphetamine-Related Harm Indicators

Project STOP is a decision making tool for pharmacists aimed at preventing the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based medications for illicit production of methamphetamine.  Project STOP is an online real time system with 98% of all pharmacies in Queensland participating. It provides... Read more

Environmental Sustainability in Residential Housing

This project sought to understanding public attitudes towards waste, water and energy use and the psycho-social and socio-demographic influences on consumption, with the aim of highlighting the factors that have driven changes to attitudes and practices towards environmental sustainability over... Read more

Preventing First Time Homelessness

Tackling homelessness is national priority yet there is limited understanding of older people’s homelessness, in particular the growing numbers experiencing homelessness for the first time in later life. This study will inform policy responses by providing a detailed understanding of older... Read more

Needlz: Enhanced search in qualitative databases

This project designs technology to aggregate, consolidate and interpret search results within a qualitative database (e.g. document store) into a meaningful analytic environment to improve the finding process. 'Piloting' the Needlz technology in the Elsevier environment will provide... Read more

Pathways out of Homelessness for Rough Sleepers

A central aim of the Australian Governmen't homeless initiatives and the National Partnership Agreements on homelessness is to offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it by 2020. In order to advance this objective, programs are being introduced in all major capital... Read more

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