Projects

Community engagement projects

Help Update the Robinvale Community Plan!

This project has dual aims of researching community views, experiences and recommendations for Robinvale as well as studying processes of community partnerships in plan making.  
 
This project is funded by Swan Hill Rural City Council (2015).
 
Contact: Dr Julie Rudner, Department of Social Inquiry.

Local and international community development projects

Research on the Effects of Economic Development to Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality Research Consultancy for World Vision Australia

In January 2015, World Vision Australia commissioned a study to investigate the gendered impacts of a successful economic development project, the Local Value Chain Development (LVCD) project implemented by World Vision Indonesia with support from World Vision Australia, in the Flores-Timor Province of Eastern Indonesia 2009-2012. This research offers insights into the gender dynamic of the East Flores communities in which the LVCD pilot project was implemented and seeks to understand how the LVCD project itself may have influenced these gender dynamics or created opportunities for change to gender relations. Drawing on primary field research, alongside secondary information from the literature, this report looks into what can be learned from the gendered impacts of the pilot to inform future applications of the LVCD model. It also suggests a set of key indicators that can be used to inform baseline studies and monitoring and evaluation processes for LVCD projects in the future.
 
This project was funded by World Vision.
 
Contact: Dr Katharyn McKinnnon, Department of Social Inquiry.

Social enterprises and community wellbeing: exploring how wellbeing flows between Our Shed flows and community life with Prof. Jane Farmer, Dr Sarah-Anne Munoz, Tracy De Cotta, funded by La Trobe University

This research investigated how individual wellbeing generated within a social enterprise has flow on effects in the wider community. The project piloted an approach which would allow us to initiate productive conversations with disadvantaged participants about how their increasing sense of well being travelled with them into the wider the community, and reshaped relationships as it did so. Using walking interviews supported by mapping techniques we pursued the questions of: How did the social enterprise as a space of wellbeing transmit conceptually in their out-of-social enterprise community life, and how did this impact on the community around them? Did it create wider community wellbeing benefit?
 
Contact: Dr Katharyn McKinnnon, Department of Social Inquiry

Past projects

Mapping birth spaces: investigating the social, political and economic dynamics that shape birth experiences in Australia and New Zealand with Dr Kelly Dombroski, funded by Macquarie University (2012)

McKinnon, K. (2014) 'The Geopolitics of Birth' Area doi: 10.1111/area.12131

"Measuring gender equality outcomes of economic growth in the Pacific: working with communities to develop indicators to monitor change", a collaborative project between researchers at Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney and NGO partners in Australia and the Pacific.

This project was funded by AUSAID Australian Development Research Awards (2010-2012)

Carnegie, M., Rowland, C., Gibson, K., McKinnon, K., Crawford, J., and Slatter, C. (2013) Monitoring Gender and Economies in Melanesian Communities: A manual of indicators and tools to track change

Food security projects

Planning and the regional City

This project involves exploring the role of planning and planners in policy transfer and development in the Australian small-medium sized city with a specific emphasis on how context and networks operate to differentiate metropolitan and small city planning.

Contact: Dr Andrew Butt, Department of Social Inquiry

City of Playford (SA) Intensive Horticulture Land Use Analysis – under consultancies

This project involves the analysis of land use and policy options to promote the retention of a high value intensive horticultural region in an area of urben expansion and land use conflict.

Contact: Dr Andrew Butt, Department of Social Inquiry

The Impacts of a Localised Food Supply: What is the Evidence?

This project aimed to identify and document the scale, importance and benefits of local food production and local food systems in Victoria. It also looked at the social, environmental and economic roles. This aim has been pursued by investigating a number of urban, peri-urban or interface areas, regional cities and examples of small scale agriculture by using three different spatial scales of 'local' – metropolitan Melbourne, a 'regional urban growth corridor (Melbourne to Ballarat)' and a 'regional service centre' (Campaspe). The findings in this study demonstrate that  issues associated with the concept and practice of local food systems need clarification, explanation and better definition. We found significant overlap between the three spatial scales studied, related to the characteristics, importance and benefits of localised food systems in Victoria.

Landuse, spatial planning and peri-urban development projects

Planning and the regional City

This project involves exploring the role of planning and planners in policy transfer and development in the Australian small-medium sized city with a specific emphasis on how context and networks operate to differentiate metropolitan and small city planning.

Contact: Dr Andrew Butt, Department of Social Inquiry

City of Playford (SA) Intensive Horticulture Land Use Analysis – under consultancies

This project involves the analysis of land use and policy options to promote the retention of a high value intensive horticultural region in an area of urben expansion and land use conflict.

Contact: Dr Andrew Butt, Department of Social Inquiry

The Impacts of a Localised Food Supply: What is the Evidence?

This project aimed to identify and document the scale, importance and benefits of local food production and local food systems in Victoria. It also looked at the social, environmental and economic roles. This aim has been pursued by investigating a number of urban, peri-urban or interface areas, regional cities and examples of small scale agriculture by using three different spatial scales of 'local' – metropolitan Melbourne, a 'regional urban growth corridor (Melbourne to Ballarat)' and a 'regional service centre' (Campaspe). The findings in this study demonstrate that  issues associated with the concept and practice of local food systems need clarification, explanation and better definition. We found significant overlap between the three spatial scales studied, related to the characteristics, importance and benefits of localised food systems in Victoria.

Budge, T., Butt, A., Fraser, K., Hunter, A., Kennedy, M., Lehmann, J., Rudner, J., Slade, C., Buxton, M. (2010). The impacts of a localised food supply: What is the evidence? Bendigo: La Trobe University.

Multicultural planning projects

A safe place? Migrants' experience of safety in two regional cities

This research investigates migrants' experienced sense of safety and social inclusion regarding housing, work, study, and use of public urban spaces in Bendigo and Shepparton.
 
This project was funded by the Victorian Department of Justice (2013) through its Community Crime Prevention Program.
 
Rudner, J., Ratnayake, R., Wickramaraachchi, N., Roussac, S. (2014) A safe place? Migrants' experience of safety in two regional cities. Community Planning & Development, La Trobe University: Bendigo.

Contact: Dr Julie Rudner, Department of Social Inquiry

Planning with and for Children/Young People projects

Rural and city design workshops to promote breastfeeding in public

This project address the current stigma associated with breastfeeding in public using an innovative design workshop (charrette) approach in Bendigo and City of Melbourne to make public spaces more welcome and inclusive for breastfeeding women.

This project is funded by the Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area Grant from La Trobe University (2015)

Contact: Dr Julie Rudner, Department of Social Inquiry

Children's & Young People's Contribution to Local Government Strategic Planning

This is an ongoing project associated with the teaching program.  Each year, students enrolled in Designing Children's Environments' engages with children and young people to find out their experiences and suggestions about where they live. Working with schools and for local Councils, students produce reports that are included in councils' strategic planning activities.  Projects have been completed for Bendigo, Banyule, Darebin, Port Phillip, Swan Hill and Whittlesea.  Projects are funded by various local government agencies.

Contact: Dr Julie Rudner, Department of Social Inquiry

Everyday Urbanity

This project used areal images, drawing features and pop-up survey questions, to elicit children's experiences and opinions about their urban spaces, health, mobility and activities. This project was conducted with the Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group, Aalto University, Helsinki Finland.

This project was funded by the City of Greater Bendigo (2011-2013)

Laatikainen, T., Broberg, A., & Rudner, J. (2013). Children and young people of Bendigo - Important places, everyday mobility and perceived health. Helsinki: Centre for Urban and Regional Studies. 

Rudner, J., Omiya, I., & Manabe, R. (2012). Extending planning education into primary and secondary schools through research. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools Conference, Bendigo, Australia 21-3 September.

Independent mobility as a critical aspect of children's health and quality of life: An international cross-cultural and historical comparison

This project, as part of an international research program, investigated the implications of children's independent mobility for policy and practice related to children's health.

This project was funded by an Early Career Research Grant from La Trobe University (2010-2011)

Rudner, J., et al. (2012). Children's independent mobility: Five different settlement types in Sri Lanka. Bendigo, La Trobe University for the Policy Studies Institute, Westminster University, UK.

Malone, K. and J. Rudner (2011). Global perspectives on children's independent mobility:  A socio-cultural comparison and theoretical discussion on children's lives in four countries in Asia and Africa. Global Studies of Childhood. 1(3): 241-257.

Rudner, J., & Malone, K. (2011). Childhood in the surburbs and the Australian dream: How has it impacted children's independent mobility? Global Studies of Childhood, 1(3): 205-223.

Contact: Dr Julie Rudner, Department of Social Inquiry

The Place of Our Children in Community Building

This project supported children's participation in planning and urban design processes and developed a new methodology to elicit children's views, experiences and feelings of their urban environments.  

This project was funded by the City of Greater Bendigo (2011).

Rudner, J., Kennedy, M., DeAraugo, P., Budge, T., & Butt, A. (2012). The place of our children in community building: Turning theory into practice. Policy review report. (Vol. 1). Bendigo: City of Greater Bendigo, La Trobe University, Southern Cross University. Peer Reviewed.

Rudner, J., Kennedy, M., Holland, W., Wilks, J., Donovan, J., Shaw, M., Neville, D., Budge, T., & Butt, A. (2012). Place of children in community building: Putting theory into practice. Children's and young people's engagement report (Vol. 2). Bendigo: La Trobe University. Peer Reviewed.

Wilks, J., & Rudner, J. (2013). Active civics and citizenship: Giving children and young people a voice in the city. Australian Journal of Environmental Education. 29(1): 1-17.

Contact: Dr Julie Rudner, Department of Social Inquiry