Research conducted by the Social & Global Studies Centre provides vital input towards achieving social justice & global transformations.

2019 NSW Coronial Inquest into Drug-Related Deaths

Dr Monica Barratt and Dr Peta Malins presented their research at the NSW Coronial Inquiry into the six drug-related deaths at NSW festivals between December 2017 and January 2019.

Dr Barratt's recommendations were informed by her report, 'Australian music festival attendees who seek emergency medical treatment following alcohol and other drug use'. The report was compiled using data from the Global Drug Survey.

Dr Malins' recommendations were based on her publication in the International Journal of Drug Policy, 'Drug dogs affects: Accounting for the broad social, emotional and health impacts of general drug detection dog operations in Australia'.

Healthtalk Australia

Healthtalk Australia

Healthtalk Australia is a unique online repository of research-based health and illness experiences presented in an array of formats – film, audio and text.

Individual research projects within Citizenship, Care & Health have informed the development of a series of online resources, each centred on a different health or illness experience.

These resources provide support for people experiencing illness and their carers, as well as educating health and social care practitioners, and informing policymakers.

Project Collaborations

The Legal Implications of Revenge Pornography

This ARC Discovery Project aims to investigate prevalence, nature and effects of revenge pornography in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Revenge pornography is a serious criminal justice problem, but only one Australian jurisdiction has introduced legislation to address the issue. Applicable laws here and elsewhere are inconsistent and inadequate. Little is known about how widespread these behaviours are or how socially, economically and psychologically harmful they are. The project aims to generate knowledge, a theoretical framework and a much-needed evidence base to develop law reform and strategic interventions.

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Researching Forensic Linguistics

The 2019 publication Researching Forensic Linguistics: Approaches and Applications by Georgina Heydon draws on case studies and data sets from a range of collaborative projects conducted within the Centre.

The book serves as a hands-on guide for conducting forensic linguistic research and addresses the social justice problems involving language.

Available from Routledge.

Building Community Capacity in the NDIS

This 18-month action research project sought to co-design opportunities for citizenship and participation with people with disabilities in the NDIS context.

The research sought to explore how community capacity building work might operate in the new NDIS environment and the conditions required to ensure people with disabilities are leaders in this space.

The project produced several key prototypes and demonstrated a new model for developing opportunities for civic engagement and agentry with people living with disabilities. A key contribution has been to reframe the traditional 'inclusion paradigm' and to offer a new discourse around 'active citizens'.

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