Liam is considering how engagement strategies, participative management and facilitation impacts on the social outcomes of people in community housing for Compass Housing Services. The goal of the project is not to evaluate but to draw links to build a picture of the process using an actor-orientated approach, document analysis, interviews and participant observation.
Yenema – Budjari Gumada: ‘Walk with Good Spirit on, at, with, as Yarramundi’
This research is to explores natural resource management through Indigenous-led collaborative research methodologies that are ethical, performative, healing and transformative. Bec’s case study of Yarramundi Reserve uses discourse analysis and semi-structured interviews to learn more about Country practices while building relationships with elders.
Politics and The Body: Gender, Protest, Citizen Activism
Jean-Louise exploring the embodied politics of citizen activists. Through looking at personal politics and feminist literature, Jean-Louise use feminist methodology, discourse analysis and interviews of participants in the group Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children Newcastle to learn more about bodily, personal politics and feminist scholarship.
Inspired by her involvement with Days for Girls International, Laura’s Honours project is considering the shared experience of menstruation in women and how globalisation leads to relational care and giving around the world. Laura’s qualitative research will be conducted through participant observation and semi-structured interviews.
Megan is exploring South East Queensland’s Target 140, an indoor water savings initiative borne out of concerns of drought, population density and climate change. It encouraged residents to voluntarily reduce their average water consumption to 140L per person per day requiring considerable change to everyday practices in households. She will consider policy, climate change, academia, newspaper articles and television transcripts.
Sustaining Commons: Exploring commoning practice at The Old Church on the Hill
The purpose of the research is to deepen understandings of the politics and practices which sustain commons. This will be explored through a case study of The Old Church on the Hill in Bendigo. Participants will be invited to participate in on-site semi structured, walk and talk interviews with the researcher in order to understand these politics and practices.
This honours project seeks to explore the role of the news media in Newcastle’s urban regeneration by utilising an assemblage approach. The research approaches the media as a more than representational medium and starts to consider what role it and social media have on regeneration. The research will be conducted by discourse analysis of media articles, social media and interview transcripts from a larger research project.
Jasmine examines how housing pathways (or simply housing histories) impact on the homemaking practices of older tenants in community housing. The research will be based on interviews of participants and analysis of reports held by Compass relating to the general patterns of tenants’ housing histories and homemaking practices.
Building a culture of Cooperation: Shifting economic identity in cooperatives
Caitlin investigates cooperatives from the perspective of a food cooperative in Newcastle. The research will investigate how a cooperative faces the challenges of building a culture and developing members’ sense of economic identity (rather than as consumers or shoppers, for example). The research will be conducted by focus groups and participant observation.