This research project aims to investigate the role of housing, employment and local community in generating social cohesion in multicultural neighbourhoods which are 'in transition'.
The Scanlon Foundation, Moreland City Council
These neighbourhoods are currently experiencing social and demographic change through the interactions between newly arrived/emerging migrant communities and established residents. The case study sites of Coburg and Fawkner in metropolitan Melbourne have been chosen as suburbs that are experiencing this transition in different ways.
The project will investigate, through a mixed methods and comparative approach, how issues around housing, employment and local community cohesion facilitate, or otherwise, the social inclusion of recent arrivals, and how established residents of Coburg and Fawkner are affected. These issues will be explored with significant input from local community members from emerging and established migrant groups, as well as relevant local council staff. This participatory project will foreground local residents’ experiences through one-to-one interviews, focus groups and participant observation. The project’s aims have been developed through consultation with Moreland Council.