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Vulnerable Communities Research Program
- Modelling Inter-Group Violence
- National Security and Preparedness Survey (formally the National Social and Cultural Wellbeing Survey
- Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET)
- Legitimacy and Policing
The Vulnerable Communities program of research seeks to better understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of communities vulnerable to growing levels of crime, disorder, inter-group violence and inter-group hostility. It is also concerned with empirically testing innovative policing approaches for creating greater citizen perceptions of police legitimacy in highly volatile and disadvantaged communities. Our program of work, to date, has concentrated heavily on data collection.
The Australian Community Capacity Study (ACCS) is a major longitudinal study that includes a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) survey and in-depth face-to face interviews with nearly 10,000 people across nearly 300 suburbs in Brisbane and Melbourne completed in 2011. In 2011, the project team proceeded to geo-code, clean and
analyse the ACCS data, with a technical report and initial analyses completed. The project team also spent time with CEPS Visiting Scholar Associate Professor John Hipp (University of California, Irvine), with six papers being developed.
The National Security and Preparedness Survey was implemented via Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) recruitment, followed by mail out/online surveys in November 2011. This survey seeks to benchmark public attitudes and perceptions of preparedness, community resilience and vulnerability in a post 9/11 environment of heightened
awareness. The survey will be in the field until the end of April 2012. We expect data analysis to begin in June 2012.
Through both of these projects, together with the completion of the Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) in 2010, project teams are exploring the importance of police legitimacy and the legitimacy of institutions of government in better responding to problems in vulnerable communities.
2011 also marked the launch of the Project ABILITY, funded by Professor Mazerolle’s ARC Laureate Fellowship. This project involves a partnership between Queensland Police Service, Department of Education and Training (Queensland), Department of Communities and researchers. The multiagency intervention model aims to reduce truancy and its underlying psychosocial risk factors in primary and secondary schools in a Brisbane Policing District. The pilot drew to a close in mid 2011 and a larger-scale randomised controlled field trial has been launched to test the effectiveness of the ABILITY model.
These linking themes of police legitimacy and community resilience serve as a focus for many of our academic papers already underway, as well as our student PhD and Honours projects.
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