Part of Victoria University's Healthy & Inclusive Communities program, the Diversity, Inclusion and Culture research group is primarily concerned with social justice.

Our research is divided into these two focus groups:

  • Community Identity Displacement
  • Sport Diversity and Social Change.

Community Identity Displacement

The Community Identity Displacement research group conducts community-based collaborative research into forms of social exclusion and displacement, and the impacts of this upon individuals, groups and communities.

Our research documents resources and strategies that are vital to resilience, resistance, survival and wellbeing.

We partner with communities to develop knowledge, address social issues, and create receptive and nurturing social environments that foster a sense of community, belonging and social justice. Our innovative and culturally responsive research approaches include participatory action research, arts-based research and qualitative and quantitative methods.

Our team is made up of local and international researchers from diverse disciplines, with backgrounds that include:

  • critical community and applied social psychology
  • cultural studies
  • education
  • Indigenous studies
  • social work.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to our research, which includes these topics:

  • African background people negotiating identity and belonging in Australia
  • An evaluation of the Horace Petty public housing estate – A place-based education intervention for highly vulnerable young people
  • Building Resilience Project.
  • Community arts, critical psychosocial accompaniment and Aboriginal empowerment
  • Dialogues of Change - Youth Peer Education through Applied Theatre
  • Evaluation of the Polyglot Theatre Program
  • Pride, Passion and Pitfalls: Working in the Australian Entertainment Industry

Sport Diversity & Social Change

The Sport Diversity and Social Change research group asks critical questions regarding equity, inclusion and exclusion in sport, physical activity, and physical education contexts.

The group seeks to understand the following:

  • how people’s experiences of sport, physical activity and physical education are shaped and constrained by broader structures and cultural processes
  • how to facilitate positive social change in and through sport, physical activity and physical education.

The research group is grounded in social science and humanities – in particular, sociology and cultural studies. We have specific interests and expertise in the following areas:

  • cultural diversity and social inclusion
  • gender and sexuality
  • migration
  • race and racism.

Our researchers employ a range of methods, including:

  • archival analysis
  • ethnography
  • focus groups
  • interviews
  • media
  • observations
  • policy
  • survey.
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