Sustainable environment and communities
The Sustainability cluster of research aims to address issues related to sustainability, climate change, environmental policy, and resource management in the local, regional, national and global context.
The Institute has an important working relationship with the Urban Water Security Research Alliance (UWSRA) to address water scarcity and community attitudes towards this issue.
Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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
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
The Street to Home initiative seeks to target people experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping and support them through a transition towards stable housing. This project proposes to evaluate the Street to Home initiative. The evaluation task requires an appraisal at the level of the... Read more
This multidisciplinary Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project will build research capacity in several areas of emerging research strength at Southern Cross University (SCU) relevant to policy and planning research for sustainable regions. This includes policy and planning research... Read more
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.
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
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