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

Recycled Water Risk Communication

Australian water utilities are under increasing pressure to maintain potable water supplies in the face of increasing population and the impacts of climate change and variability. In response to these pressures, water utilities have adopted a portfolio approach to water supply, diversifying supply... Read more

Retirement Villages and Later Life Transitions

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

Attitudes to Climate Change Adaptation

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

The Impact of the Place of Living on Social Participation & Well-Being in Older Age

The impact of the place of living on social participation and well-being in older age: Australia in a cross-national perspective. Explore the links between place of living, social participation and well-being at older age using data from large-scale panel surveys covering Australia and a range... Read more

Systematic Review of Legitimacy in Policing

The Research, Analysis and Information Unit (RAI) of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) have identified ‘the procedural justice thesis’ as an important development in policing research with plans to replicate US research in a UK context. To facilitate their research agenda... Read more

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