Within Australia and internationally, there is growing recognition that the physical design of educational facilities and institutions should accord with top pedagogical practices and the learning needs of students.

Within Queensland, recent initiatives such as the State Schools of Tomorrow program have focussed attention on the relationship between...

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The impact of the place of living on social participation and well-being in older age: Australia in a cross-national perspective.

Explore the links between place of living, social participation and well-being at older age using data from large-scale panel surveys covering Australia and a range of other countries. The central hypothesis is that environmental conditions, captured in...

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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’ social and cultural values and perceptions of risk? How do citizen perceptions of risk and...

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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 randomly allocated 60 Random Breath Test (RBT) stationary operations, involving 20,000 breath...

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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 enable the development of more effective crime prevention projects.This project was cross-...

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This research develops an analytical model to inform policies concerned with reducing the economic and social costs associated with unproductive time spent in labour market transitions between unemployment and employment.

Integrating data from several large Australian social surveys, a hierarchical Bayesian statistical model incorporating spatial analysis was developed to assess the...

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With the global burden of disease, building the evidence base for the use of health services and what influences patterns of use is of critical policy importance. The emphasis on multidisciplinary care for people with chronic disease has stimulated interest in the use of allied health services by patients with chronic disease. The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items introduced in 2005...

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This project will produce a systematic review of the effects of justice system interventions on violent crime in developing countries. This review has been funded by 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, an organisation that focuses on using evidence evaluation to improve lives in low and middle income countries. In addition to reviewing the evidence on policing...

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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 a high quality workforce and ensure continuation of essential services.

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