I am an urban sociologist at the University of South Australia. I have research interests in sustainable communities, social inclusion/exclusion, social cohesion and social capital.

(See my biography page for more information).


Publications:
Measuring the Impact of Public Expenditure on Social Exclusion

This paper discusses the application of GIS spatial information systems to match public expenditure patterns with social outcomes in an Australian region challenged by social disadvantage.

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A Model to Identify the Risks to Sustainable Urban Development

This paper discusses a model to assess the sustainability of new urban developments in South Australia. It addresses the tensions between social, economic and environmental impacts on urban development.

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Social Inclusion in Australia: Resource Allocation, Morality and Racism

An examination of Australian social policy suggests that a disturbing Durkheimian morality with undertones of racism underpins the Australian Government’s policy agenda.

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Planning for Sea Level Rise in South Australia

ThIS research addresses the effects of sea level rise an coastal development, and the role of government and the private sector in planning for rising sea levels.

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National Housing Policy in Australia: Are New Initiatives in Affordable Housing Sustainable?

New Australian housing policies seek to offer affordable social housing in a difficult economic climate. Initiatives are constrained by a ‘rush to build’ and no ongoing commitment to social housing.

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Corporate Social Responsibility in the Australian Construction Industry

The Australian construction industry has a poor history of corporate social responsibility. This paper examines the tensions inherent in addressing it in a fragmented industry with diffuse layers of management.

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The Implication for Urban Sustainability of the Location of Paid Work and Transit Routes in Adelaide, South Australia

The role of paid employment is crucial to understanding housing choice and hence how transit oriented development might address urban sprawl and reduce carbon footprints.

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Constructing Corporate Social Responsibility: Pathways to Sustainable Construction?

This paper reports on research undertaken at the University of South Australia into the relationship between corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability in the Australian Construction Industry.

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Transdisciplinary Charrettes: A Research Method for Sustainable Design

This project introduces transdisciplinary charrettes to transcend disciplinary knowledge boundaries and promotes innovation. The authors come from a range of disciplines including architecture, engineering, building, sociology, anthropology, and planning.

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Urban Consolidation and the Health of Australian Children

The children of Australia’s cities have traditionally enjoyed good health. Planning for Australia’s cities is creating greater density. Densification is removing private and public space with implications for children’s health.

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Published online: April 25, 2014

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