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What works for place-based approaches? Research report and case studies

Published in December 2022

Place-based approaches are an innovative way to address disadvantage and inequity, strengthen resilience to crises in place, and build thriving and resilient communities. In 2021-22, the Centre led a consortium of research partners examining literature, evidence and practice to understand what features enable the success of place-based approaches and how to best support them – information essential to improving the wellbeing of Victorian communities into the future.

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Collaborative Action Plan for climate justice in Melbourne’s west

Published in November 2022

This Collaborative Action Plan is the result of a year-long project to articulate a shared vision for climate justice in Melbourne’s west. The Plan builds on the diverse contributions of individuals and organisations already working at the interface of climate change, health and social justice in Melbourne’s west, and seeks to further understand the localised and systemic drivers of climate vulnerabilities for community health and service organisations in Melbourne’s west.

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Dropping off the Edge – Vichealth report

Published in April 2022

VicHealth commissioned the Centre to produce this report which deep dives into locational disadvantage in Victoria, with a greater focus on health and wellbeing inequities.


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Climate Justice in Practice

Addressing social inequity and climate resilience through place-based capacity building with community service organisations and local governments

Published in December 2021

The Centre presented this paper at the State of Australasian Cities Conference 2021. It is also available on APO via the Australasian Cities Research Network.


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Dropping off the Edge (2021)

Published in November 2021

Jesuit Social Services’ Dropping off the Edge research identifies areas of disadvantage in every Australian state and territory and uncovers the web of factors that must be solved for these communities, and our nation, to thrive. Dropping off the Edge 2021 measures 37 indicators across seven domains of social wellbeing, health, community safety, economic, education, environmental and intergenerational outcomes.

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Health, housing and ecological justice: Climate change and preventing homelessness deaths

Published in August 2021

This paper explores the health risks to homeless communities posed by increasingly frequent extreme weather caused by climate change.


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