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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

Inclusion and Exclusion in Urban and Regional Spaces

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Cyril & Chris
Photo: Lorraine Gibson

This cluster actively engages with a wide range of issues through concepts of space, place and geographical scale. Australia may be an increasingly urban society but this brings with it new pressures and challenges for remaining an inclusive society. For example the balancing act of sustaining urban and rural industrial regions need to be met with innovations in built environment, economic and social policy and awareness of cultural and political identities and ideologies. The formation and dissolution of community ties (especially around ethnicity, class, place, work) in contemporary global cities and regions requires a variety of committed and innovative research. Increasing sense of the need for understanding security in this context, from securing supply chains and broader food security, to the new security challenges from terrorism and anti-radicalisation policies. We also need to be increasingly aware of green change and sea change in the light of community re4silience and the prevention, preparation, response and recovery from disasters, be they terror attacks, natural hazards or industrial accidents.

In 2011 this research cluster will be looking to establish regular meetings to engage with stakeholder and researchers in these topics and areas, building on the strengths of research at Macquarie in liaison with the wider audience of stakeholder and participants in the public and private sector, as well as centres of excellence and new research initiatives. We will also be looking to establish more research funding for activities and projects and welcome input from all potential partners.