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 Counter Terrorism i-Library

The Counter Terrorism Intelligent Library (CTiL) is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). Developed in 2009, the CTiL is a database and associated infrastructure that identifies, records and maintains a list of counter-terrorism interventions, all accessible... Read more

Government Agencies use of Evidence

This proposal seeks to scope the essential underlying issues involved in the question: 'How do government agencies at different levels use evidence in making decisions and how effective is their decision making and use of evidence?’ The research literature concerning this complex multi... Read more

Aboriginal Responses to Climate Change

This study takes an interior arid-zone region as a pilot study in which to investigate, document and generate planning principles concerning Aboriginal perceptions and knowledge of climate change, and regional community capacity to respond and adapt to climate change at a number of levels,... Read more

Developing an Effective Homelessness Workforce

The Road to Home (2008) identified the development of a workforce strategy as a central component oh homelessness policy and an integral element of an effective response to homelessness. The aim of this project was to provide a research evidence base for the development of an effective homelessness... Read more

Collaboration and Environmental Policy

By examining the nature and effectiveness of Australia's first major experiments with collaborative governance arrangements, in regional environmental management, the project will develop a new framework to analyse complex or wicked policy problems.

Aboriginal Lifeworlds, Conditionality, and Housing Outcomes

This study addresses the issues of obtaining an optimum balance between conditionality (especially tenancy rules and duties) and preserving Indigenous social capital, so as to enable an effective ‘recognition space’ between tenants’ life values and housing managers’ rule... Read more

Review of Gender and Development Training

Gender equality is a key goal of Australian and international development work, and is recognized by the United Nations (UN) in Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. Gender equality is viewed as a key goal due to its’ intrinsic ethical worth, but is also... 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

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

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