Partnering to deliver nationally significant research

Recent partnerships include:

  • The development of dual-frame sampling methods for telephone surveys using both landline and mobile phones with the Social Research Centre (Melbourne).
  • Evaluating the Way2Home intervention for rough sleepers with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (Sydney).
  • Researching the impact of parental separation on health and wellbeing measures for Indigenous children and their families with the University of Tasmania.

We also contribute to major national research initiatives, including the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC).

Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS)

ISSR is a major contributor to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), which is providing targeted research towards understanding policing and security issues in Australia in the post 9/11 environment.

Examples of work completed by ISSR researchers as part of CEPS include:

  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of counter-terrorism measures in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand using advanced statistical techniques.
  • Longitudinal research to determine the impact of place and time on community resilience, crime and social disorder.
  • The world’s first randomised field trial to assess how applying the principles of procedural justice (respect, neutrality and fairness) may impact citizens’ attitudes towards drink-driving, satisfaction with police, and perceptions of compliance.

The UQ node of CEPS is located in the Institute’s Policing and Security research program.

For more information, visit the CEPS website:

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

ISSR hosts the Queensland node of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). AHURI is a national network organisation that funds, conducts and communicates policy‑relevant research in the areas of housing, homelessness and urban environments.

Through AHURI, ISSR researchers have helped build the evidence base in this area through research projects such as:

  • An ethnographic study of the day-to-day lives and identities of people who are homeless in Brisbane.
  • An examination of the role of assertive outreach in ending homelessness for people who are sleeping rough.
  • Critical analysis of how the Housing First model could be successfully applied to Australia’s system of supportive housing.

The Queensland node of AHURI is located in the Institute’s Social Wellbeing, Health and Housing research program.

For more information, visit the AHURI website:

The Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC)

The University of Queensland’s Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC), provides research and teaching services in relation to the culture, environment and architecture of Australian Indigenous communities.

Examples of work undertaken within the AERC include:

  • Case study research in Queensland and Western Australia to better understand the experiences of Indigenous people with regards to housing stress and overcrowding.
  • Semi-structured interviews with Indigenous persons and social housing providers to inform service integration strategies to address issues of homelessness in Indigenous communities.

AERC is hosted by the School of Architecture but has strong connections with the Centre, including joint staff appointments and shared projects.

For more information, visit the AERC website: