Community resilience & cohesion

This theme focuses on the settlement context and the short and long-term consequences of increased immigration. It will advance research initiatives and policy and practice innovation on issues relating to settlement and social inclusion in urban and regional areas in Australia and internationally, looking at:

  • The spatial concentration of immigrant groups and consequences for the economic and social life of urban and regional communities
  • Temporal changes in social relationships, attitudes and social actions in communities experiencing increases in diversity and/or immigrant concentration; and
  • Negotiating settlement in Australia for new arrived immigrants

The research generated within this theme informs and drives local and national policy and practice by identifying the factors that impede or facilitate successful settlement and social inclusion across a range places and migrant groups.

Portfolio lead:

Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

Featured publication:

Wickes, R, Grossman, M, Forbes-Mewett, H, Arunachalam, D, Smith, J, Skrbis, Z, Dellal, H & Keel, C 2020 'Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of Melbourne neighbourhoods', Social Cohesion Research Grants Program, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.