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.

Parental engagement: developing effective strategies for schools to engage the disengaged

This project will examine the prevalence of positive parental and community engagement with State schools in Queensland and develop models and strategies to improve school engagement. While previous research has shown that parental and community engagement with schools and student learning... Read more

Violent Crime in Developing Countries

This project will produce a systematic review of the effects of justice system interventions on violent crime in developing countries. This review has been funded by 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, an organisation that focuses on using evidence evaluation to improve lives... Read more

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... Read more

Multi-Site Trials of Third Party Policing: Project ABILITY

Project ABILITY is an initiative of the Queensland Police Service, with programmatic funding through the National Drug Strategy Law Enforcement Funding Committee (NDSLEFC), the Queensland Police Service Drug and Alcohol Unit as well as The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and... Read more

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) is the world’s first randomised field trial that tested whether procedurally just encounters between the police and citizens can improve citizen perceptions of police. Working closely with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the research team... 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

Targeted Crime: Policing and Social Inclusion

This project will undertake a criminological study of the policing of targeted incidents and crime, that is, incidents and crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hatred towards members of particular groups, communities and individuals. It will develop a best practice policing framework for... Read more

Models of Supporting Housing Evaluation

The proposed study will evaluate the effectiveness of models of supportive housing. Focusing on models with both onsite support in congregated forms and dispersed housing with support provided through outreach, it examines how different models operate, particularly the integration of support,... Read more

Random Breath Testing and Alcohol-Related Traffic Crash Rates

This research examines the relationship between random breath testing (RBT) and alcohol-related traffic crash (ARTC) rates for all Australian states and territories. The results will provide an evi- dence base to consider best practice in terms of setting ratios of RBTs to licensed drivers.... Read more

Public responses to alternative water supplies

To extend the understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors that influence risk perceptions and acceptance of alternative water supplies. The research will investigate the perceived risk dimensions most closely linked to acceptance and show how identity and climate change beliefs... Read more

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