Ethnic diversity, socio-economic disadvantage and sense of belonging on Islamophobia locally and nationally

The impact of ethnic diversity, socio-economic disadvantage and sense of belonging on Islamophobia and social cohesion locally and nationally: a mixed-method, longitudinal analysis.

This project explores the impact of socio-economic disadvantage and ethnic diversity on local and national community cohesion. The project will achieve 2 key outcomes:

  1. Provide nationally representative evidence based on a) the analyses of Census and the HILDA Survey data, separately and in combination and b) a national survey on acceptance of Muslims/Islamophobia.
  2. Provide empirical evidence about the ways in which ethno-religious diversity, disadvantage and acceptance of Muslims/Islamophobia impact on community cohesion in chosen localities through interviews with stakeholders and a survey of a representative sample of local populations.
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Project timeline: 2018 - 2020

Key contributors: 

Image credit: Muslim job fair in Broadmeadows, photo courtesy of Islamic Council Victoria.

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

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For more information about RMIT’s sustainability commitments and activities visit www.rmit.edu.au/sustainability

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.