Rod McCrea is an adjunct research fellow with ISSR and a social scientist  with the Social and Economic Sciences Program, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences. His research interests come under the theme of quality of life studies: his psychology honours examined mood bias in life satisfaction judgements, his PhD examined links between objective characteristics and subjective evaluations of urban quality of life, and his two postdoctoral fellowships examined work-life balance issues, community social wellbeing, and urban liveability. His current research interests are at the interface of the physical environment and human behaviour.

  • Research Interests
    • Urban quality of life (residential relocation decisions, commuting, neighbourhood amenity, subjective well-being, psychological judgement processes and biases, neighbourhood social relationships and processes)
    • Community social wellbeing (sense of community, sense of place, social capital, collective efficacy, social isolation)
    • Work-family balance (work-family interference and enhancement, coping strategies, norms, identity, gender roles and equity)
    • Environment and behaviour (urban geography, urban sociology, human spatial behaviour, environmental psychology, environmental sociology)
  • Publications

    Refereed journal articles

    McAllister, R., McCrea, R., and Lubell, M. (in press) Policy networks, stakeholder interactions and climate adaptation in the region of South East Queensland, Australia. Regional Environmental Change.

    Walters, P. and McCrea, R. (in press) Early gentrification and the public realm: A case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia’ Urban Studies. 

    Beal, C., Steward, R., Gardner, J., Fielding, K., Spinks, A., and McCrea, R. (2013) Mind or machine? Examining drivers of residential water end-use efficiency, Water Journal, May 2013, pp. 66-70.

    Fielding, K.S., Spinks, A., Russell, S., McCrea, R., Stewart, R., & Gardner, J. (2013) An experimental test of voluntary strategies to promote urban water demand management, Journal of Environmental Management, 114 (2013), 343-351.

    McCrea, R. and Walters, R. (2012) Impacts of urban consolidation on urban liveability: Comparing an inner and outer suburb in Brisbane, Australia, Housing, Theory and Society, 29 (2), 190-206.

    McCrea, R., Boreham, P,. and Ferguson, M. (2011) Reducing work-to-life interference in the public service: The underlying importance of participative management as mediated by other work attributes, Journal of Sociology, 47(3), 313-332.

    McCrea, R., (2009). Explaining socio-spatial patterns in South East Queensland, Australia: Social homophily versus structural homophily, Environment and Planning A, 41(9), 2201-2214.

    Western, J., McCrea, R., & Stimson, R (2007). Quality of life and social inclusion, International Review of Sociology, 17(3), 525-537. 

    Leslie, E., McCrea, R., Cerin, E & Stimson, R (2007). Regional variations in walking for different purposes - The South East Queensland quality of life study. Environment and Behavior, 39 4: 557-577.

    Stimson, R., McCrea, R., and Shyy, T.K. (2006). Spatially disaggregated modelling of voting outcomes and socio-economic characteristics at the 2001 Australian Federal Election, Geographical Research, 44(3), 242-254.

    McCrea, R., Shyy, T.K., & Stimson, R. (2006). What is the strength of the link between objective and subjective indicators of urban quality of life? Applied Research in Quality of Life, 1, pp. 79-96.

    McCrea, R., Dalgleish, L., and Coventry, W. (2005). Encouraging use of seasonal climate forecasts by farmers, International Journal of Climatology, 25(8), 1127-1137.

    McCrea, R., Stimson, R., & Western, J. (2005). Testing a general model of satisfaction with urban living using data for South East Queensland, Australia, Social Indicators Research, 72(2), pp. 121-152.

    McCrea, R., Shyy, T.K., Western, J., & Stimson, R. (2005). Fear of crime in Brisbane: Individual, social and neighbourhood factors in perspective, Journal of Sociology, 41(1), 7-27. 

    Stimson, R., and McCrea R. (2004). A push-pull framework for modelling the relocation of retirees to a retirement village: the Australian experience, Environment and Planning A, 36(8), 1451-1470. 

    Refereed book chapters

    McCrea (accepted) ‘Modelling effects of intervening variables using path analysis’, In R. J. Stimson (Ed) Handbook for Spatially Integrated Social Science Research Methodology, Edward Elgar

    Marans, R.W., McCrea, R., Stimson, R. and Western, J. (2011) ‘Subjective measurement of QOL using primary data collection and analysis of survey data’, In R. W. Marans and R. Stimson (Eds) Urban Quality of Life: Implications for Policy, Planning and Research, Springer.

    McCrea, R. (2011) ‘Types of objective urban QOL in South-East Queensland, Australia: A spatial clustering approach’, In R. W. Marans and R. Stimson (Eds) Urban Quality of Life: Implications for Policy, Planning and Research, Springer.

    McCrea, R., Western, M. and Shyy, T.-K. (2011) ‘Subjective urban quality of life in Queensland: Comparing metropolitan, regional, and rural areas’, In R. W. Marans and R. Stimson (Eds) Urban Quality of Life: Implications for Policy, Planning and Research, Springer.

    McCrea, R., Western, J. and Stimson, R (2011) ‘Modelling determinants of subjective quality of urban life at different geographic scales: The case of the Brisbane-SEQ region’: The case of the Brisbane-SEQ region, In R. W. Marans and R. Stimson (Eds) Urban Quality of Life: Implications for Policy, Planning and Research, Springer

    McCrea R., Stimson, R., and Marans, R.W. (2011) ‘Evolution of integrative approaches’, In R. W. Marans and R. Stimson (Eds) Urban Quality of Life: Implications for Policy, Planning and Research, Springer.

    Stimson, R., McCrea, R., and Western, J. (2011) ‘The Brisbane-South East Queensland region, Australia: Subjective assessment of quality of urban life and changes over time’, In R. W. Marans and R. Stimson (Eds) Urban Quality of Life: Implications for Policy, Planning and Research, Springer.

    McCrea, R (2010) Values, In R. L. Jackson II, Encyclopedia of Identity, Sage Publications

    Conference papers

    McAllister, R., McCrea, R. and Lubell, M (2013) Science, policy networks and regional climate planning in an ecology of games. 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago

    McCrea, R., Leviston, Z., Shyy, T-K., and Walker, I. (2011) Scepticism counts: Impacts of climate change beliefs on primary votes for political parties at the 2010 Australian Federal Election. Paper and poster to be presented at the 2011 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference, Washington DC, November 30 – December 2, 2011

    Walters, P. and McCrea, R. (2011) Maintenance of the public realm in the face of rapid inner city densification: A case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia. Paper presented at the Annual RC21 Conference of the International Sociological Association, Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, Amsterdam, July 7-9, 2011.

    McCrea, R. and Walters, P. (2011) Better understanding residents’ perceived opportunities and threats from urban consolidation on their residential liveability: A tale of two suburbs. Paper presented at the 2011 Housing Theory Symposium on Housing and Urban Change, held by City Futures: A Centre for Research on Australian Cities, University of New South Wales at Surry Hills Library & Community Centre, Sydney, 17-18 March, 2011.

    McCrea, R., Western, M., and Shyy, T.-K. (2010) Subjective urban quality of life in Queensland: Comparing metropolitan, regional, and rural areas. Paper presented at the conference on Social Wellbeing in Queensland: Measuring the progress of Queensland Society, held by the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), The University of Queensland, at Customs House, Brisbane, Australia, 15 June, 2010.

    Stimson, R., McCrea, R., and Marans, R. (2010). Analyzing quality of urban life. Paper presented at the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) Annual Conference, Sedona, Arizona, 21 to 24 February, 2010.

    Wickes, R. and McCrea, R. (2009). Sensing Community in Branded Master Planned Estates.  Paper presented at the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Workshop on Privatisation, Security and Community: How Master Planned Estates are Changing Suburban Australia, The University of Queensland, Australia, 28 to 29 September, 2009.

    McCrea, R. Boreham, P. and Ferguson, M. (2009) Work-to-family interference: the indirect effects of participative management and positive communication practices.  Presentation at the 9th annual conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS), Istituto Degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy, 19-23 July, 2009

    McCrea, R. (2008) Weak Links between Objective Dimensions and Subjective Evaluations of the Urban Environment: Implications for Urban Quality of Life. Paper presented at the joint conference of the Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANRSAI) and the Australian Research Council Research Network for Spatially Integrated Social Science (ARCRNSISS), Adelaide, Australia, 30 November to 3 December, 2008.

    McCrea, R., Wickes, R., and Haynes, M. (2008) Work and community: Does full-time employment interfere with community social ties and community place attachment? Paper presented at the Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne, Australia, 2 to 5 December, 2008

    Stimson, R., Western, J. McCrea, R., & Chhetri, P. (2007). Changes in subjective quality of life over time in the Brisbane – South East Queensland region, Australia. Paper presented at the 48th congress of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA): Special Sessions in Urban Quality of Life, Paris. August 29 to September 1, 2007.

    Leslie, E., McCrea, R., Cerin, E., & Stimson, R. (2005). Regional variations in walking for different purposes: The South East Queensland Quality of Life Study, Paper presented at the 44th Western Regional Science Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California (1-15) 23 to 27 February, 2005.

    Stimson, R. J., Chhetri, P., Western, J. S., & McCrea, R. (2005). Understanding the downshifting phenomenon. In: Pacific Regional Science Conf. Organisation - 19th Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, (1-29). 26-29 July 2005.

    Shyy, T.K., Chhetri, P., Stimson, R., and McCrea, R. (2005). Web GIS mapping for quality of life survey data in SEQ. In: Bellman, Chris; Cartwright, William; Shortis and Mark, Proceedings of SSC 2005. SSC2005 Spatial Intelligence, Innovation & Praxis, Melbourne, Australia, (1131-1139). September, 2005.

    *McCrea, R., Shyy, T.K., and Stimson, R. (2004). Modelling urban quality of life in South East Queensland by linking subjective and objective indicators. In: A. Hodgkinson, The Regional Development Cocktail - shaken not stirred. The Australian & New Zealand Regional Science Association International, Wollongong, Australia, (49-66). 28 September - 1 October, 2004.

    Stimson, R., Shyy, T., McCrea, R., Hugo, G. & Bamford, E. (2004). Modelling, visualisation and statistical analysis of voting patterns of the 2001 Australia federal election. In: Western Regional Science Association Annual Conference, Maui, Hawaii, (1-26). 25-28 February, 2004.

    McCrea, R., Stimson, R. J. and Western, J. S. (2003). Testing a general model of satisfaction with urban living using data for South East Queensland, Australia. In: W. Glatzer 5th Conference for the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Frankfurt, July.

    Reports

    Fielding. K., Spinks, A., Russell, S., Mankad, A., McCrea, R. and  Gardner, J. (2012).  Water Demand Management: Interventions to Reduce Household Water Use. Urban Water Security Research Alliance Technical Report No. 94. http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/UWSRA-tr94.pdf

Staff Details

Phone: 
+61 7 3833 5677
Fax: 
+61 7 3833 5504
Position: 

Adjunct Research Fellow

Qualifications: 
  • PhD (Urban Geography)
  • BA Hons (Psychology)
  • BEcon Hons (Geography)
  • GCM (Management)
  • BBus (Accountancy)