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.

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

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

Recycled Water Risk Communication

Australian water utilities are under increasing pressure to maintain potable water supplies in the face of increasing population and the impacts of climate change and variability. In response to these pressures, water utilities have adopted a portfolio approach to water supply, diversifying supply... 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

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

The Impact of the Place of Living on Social Participation & Well-Being in Older Age

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... 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

Developing Effective Services in Response to Indigenous Homelessness

This project is designed to provide a research evidence base to inform service and practice responses to homeless and public-place dwelling Indigenous people, including rough sleepers. It will involve identification and critical analysis of a number of different types of service responses to public... Read more

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