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.

Evaluation of Homelessness Service Integration Demonstration Project

This project involves an ‘integrated case management’ (ICM) approach to reduce the incidence of homelessness. This approach involves multi-agency case management and may comprise a number of structures and processes including a service integration coordinator, regular multi-agency... Read more

Overcrowding for Indigenous Households in Non-Remote Areas

Our research aim is to build an Aboriginal model of crowding and then to test its veracity and application to Aboriginal crowding in non-remote settings, and in so doing uncover salient dimensions and properties of Aboriginal crowding. It is expected these findings may inform and refine definitions... Read more

Better Governance for Complex Decision-Making

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to engage with the governance challenges of sustainable urban water management. This project analyses problems and challenges that are central for understanding and addressing the impediments to development of policy and... Read more

For Better or For Worse? Understanding the Revolution in Married Life in Australia

Marriage has traditionally been viewed as the bedrock institution of society. But recent evidence suggests that marriage patterns have been transformed. People are marrying less, and those who do are  marrying later, separating more, and often marrying after cohabiting and having children.... Read more

Child Maltreatment and Wellbeing

Child Maltreatment: Neighbourhood Collective Efficacy and Intervening in Suspected Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect. The neighbourhood context of informal social control on violent crime is well established. However, there is limited exploration of the neighbourhood context in relation to other... Read more

Remote Indigenous Housing Procurement and Past-Occupancy Outcomes

This research proposes to make a comparative study of differing housing procurement approaches and their related outcomes that have been carried out in a number of selected remote communities in Aboriginal Australia during the mid-1990s to mid-2000s. Aboriginal housing procurement is the... Read more

Behaviour Change for Water Sensitive Cities

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to accelerate transitions to Water Sensitive Cities by influencing behavior. This project focuses on household behavior that affects water consumption, quality and run off as an important part of the solution to the issues of... Read more

Social Networks & Health & Wellbeing

Social science and social policy increasingly recognise that people’s family, friendship and other networks matter for their health and well-being. But it remains unclear why networks are important and what kinds of positive and negative effects they might have. Research has also been... Read more

Australian Community Capacity Study

Police responses to violent incidents, disorder and ethnically motivated disputes continue to challenge and drain police resources. In the post 9/11 era new types of public safety emergencies, coupled with a range of contemporary ethnic, religious, cultural and ideological issues, create new... Read more

Systematic Review of Legitimacy in Policing

The Research, Analysis and Information Unit (RAI) of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) have identified ‘the procedural justice thesis’ as an important development in policing research with plans to replicate US research in a UK context. To facilitate their research agenda... Read more

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