29 November 2006

RESEARCH DATABASE - The Cronulla riots and their aftermath

Dear all,

You are invited to contribute to an informal research database focusing on the Cronulla riots and their aftermath.

The Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University has been invited to compile this research database by a consortium of government and community services providers working in the Sutherland Shire. These include the Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW, Shire Wide Youth Services and Sutherland Shire Council.

This has established a Research Steering Committee, in which CRSI participates as the academic partner. The Committee has identified the need for cutting-edge research to be made available to those who are working on the ground in Cronulla, in the belief that their work could benefit from the insights of academic researchers and other experts.

We are therefore seeking to establish a comprehensive database of all research that has been undertaken, or that is currently being undertaken, on the causes and impacts the Cronulla riots, and on ways to address the aftermath of those riots. We are interested in research from both the academic and community sectors.

The database will include both synopses (250 words up to one A4 page) and where possible electronic copies of the following kinds of works:
  • In-progress and completed research projects
  • Planned research, including proposed research projects for which funds have been applied, but the funding outcome is not yet known
  • Published and unpublished reports
  • Published and unpublished papers of any kind (eg conference papers, seminar papers, journal articles, book chapters)
  • Reports and papers that are works in progress, abstracts, outlines of projects, etc.
  • Evaluations of community intervention projects related to the Cronulla riots
  • Community surveys of any kind (from the academic and community sectors) related to the riots

We would like to invite you to provide us with any of the above, or other, kinds of research that you may be involved in or aware of. We would also like to ask if you could kindly forward this email to your colleagues.

Please note that the references and works will be uploaded onto a secure password protected intranet that will be accessible only to a small circle of practitioners involved in government and community services dealing with the impact of the riots. The intranet is being developed by the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion.

The use of password protected intranet will ensure that any works in progress or unpublished works are kept confidential. Unpublished work will only be quoted or used formally with the permission of the author.

The research will be used solely to assist the participating community organisations to gain a greater insight into the causes and impacts of the riots; to help them plan intervention projects; and to develop appropriate policy responses.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Amanda Wise, who is leading this project, on Amanda.wise@scmp.mq.edu.au

Please make submissions by email to me at crsi@scmp.mq.edu.au

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Armen Gakavian - Centre Manager
Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, NSW
Email: crsi@scmp.mq.edu.au