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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

Inclusion & Exclusion in Urban & Regional Spaces

Wilcannia Central School - Lorraine Gibson

The New Security: Developing Resilience in NSW Emergency Management

Dr Peter Rogers - MQNSG

The project examines the operation and structure of Emergency Management (hereafter EM) and support services in NSW, demonstrating the extent to which Australia has adapted to international best-practices of EM aiming to increase 'resilience' to risks. This includes interviews with stakeholder agencies across both urban and rural New South Wales. As the first comprehensive mapping of change to policy and practice following the national prioritization of Safeguarding Australia by the federal government it fills a gap in our understanding EM in Australia. Utilizing the concept of "resilience" this project will assist in identifying strengths, vulnerabilities and areas of potential collaboration, thereby guiding and informing best practice in EM.

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Social conditions of Aboriginal people in rural NSW: rethinking policy failure and future options

Professor Richard Howitt (and Janice Monk, American Association of Geographers) - ARC Discovery, International Collaborative Award

This project works with three rural NSW Aboriginal communities to reframe ideas for sustainable Indigenous futures in NSW. By fostering both academic and community understanding of economic and social change since the mid-1960s it offers a framework for action at several geographical scales to improve outcomes for rural Aboriginal communities. Building robust and sustainable community futures in Aboriginal communities in rural NSW requires improved understanding of both past failures and the foundations for alternatives futures. This project will simultaneously enhance community capacity and rigorously assess the social consequences of conditions prevailing in three communities (Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin and Griffith). It will document and analyse Aboriginal experience of social, economic and environmental change since 1965. Integrating both newly-identified archival and contemporary data, the project will provide a powerful framework for community action and policy changes at several geographical scales to support improved outcomes for rural Aboriginal communities.

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Geographies of Resistance

Professor Bob Fagan(with Dr Scott Sharpe, UNSW ADFA) - ARC Discovery

This project explores contemporary responses to economic, social and cultural aspects of globalisation, often termed 'resistance' by participants. Such responses are often represented as occurring at global, national and local scales. The research contrasts institutionalised and non-institutionalised responses to aspects of globalisation through four case studies. These are chosen from: first, the Australian banana industry where local producer organisations have built a national campaign designed to resist negative impacts of globalisation on banana-growing regions; second, the Australian trade union movement and their attempts to resist national industrial relations changes legitimised in the name of globalisation; third, highly publicised protests in Australian cities portrayed as being part of a transnational 'anti-globalisation' movement; and fourth, spontaneous internet-based forms of resistance known as 'culture jamming'. The research contributes to better understanding of multiscalar relationships in strategies of resistance but also illuminates the nature of globalisation itself.

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New Regionalism and the Dynamics of Local Economies

Professor Bob Fagan (with Dr Matthew Tonts, UWA and Professor Michael Taylor, University of Birmingham) - ARC Discovery

'New regionalism' has become a popular a development perspective, emerging primarily from Western Europe, emphasising the social and institutional drivers of local economic change in an era of globalisation. Over the past decade, new regionalism has become prominent in both the rhetoric and practice of regional development policy in Australia. Despite its popularity, little detailed research exists on the extent to which this approach is relevant in the Australian context and can contribute to equitable social and economic development of urban and regional spaces. This project explores the dynamics of economic change in contrasting case study regions of NSW and Western Australia. It focuses on the embeddedness of key local firms in local and non-local networks, institutional frameworks and local labour market dynamics.

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