Aims:
  • The NSPS program of research seeks to benchmark public attitudes and perceptions of preparedness, community resilience and vulnerability in a post 9/11 environment of heightened awareness.

The National Security and Preparedness Study (NSPS)

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 level of trust in government institutions influence Australians’ actions and preparedness to natural and man-made disasters? How resilient are Australian citizens to natural and man-made disasters? The National Security and Preparedness Study (NSPS) involves two surveys. First, the research team included a national security module on the longitudinal “Living in Queensland” survey. Second, they developed a new, national survey on disaster preparedness and perceptions of security, funded by CEPS. The two NSPS surveys use Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) surveys of over 4000 respondents nationally and an additional 2,360 plus respondents for the “Living in Queensland” survey.

The third wave of the “Living in Queensland” Survey was administered in Queensland in June 2010, just six months before Queensland experienced a series of severe national disasters, with a new module to the core survey asking participants about their experiences in natural disasters and terrorist events. Participants were asked about their own preparedness and preparatory behaviours and also about how prepared they felt the local, state, and federal governments were to deal with these kinds of events. The research now offers a unique opportunity to compare and contrast people’s perceptions and experiences of natural disasters in Queensland before these disasters struck, and after. With new funding from the Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (QCSSI), a fourth wave of the “Living in Queensland” survey will be undertaken during the first half of 2012.

Project Value: 
$440 000.00
Funding: 
CEPS, ARC Linkage Grants, Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (QCSSI)
Date: 
2008 to 2012
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Professor Lorraine Mazerolle (l.mazerolle@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • The NSPS program of research seeks to benchmark public attitudes and perceptions of preparedness, community resilience and vulnerability in a post 9/11 environment of heightened awareness.
Publications and Reports: 

Ramirez, S., Antrobus, E. & Williamson, H. (forthcoming) Living in Queensland: Preparing for and Communicating Risk for Natural and Terrorist Disasters, Australian Journal of Communication.

Fernandes, A., Ramirez, S.R., Crutchfield, R. (forthcoming) Race, ethnicity, and social disorganization theory. In G. Bruinsma & D. Weisburd (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice: Springer.

Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Quantitative
Keywords: 
Resilience
Terrorism
Community
Number: 
ISSR030038