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Centre for Just Places

The Centre for Just Places was established by Jesuit Social Services, with significant seed funding from Gandel Philanthropy and the Victorian Government, to enable and support place-based approaches nationally through research, collaboration, engagement and knowledge exchange.

The Centre aims to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in research and advocacy on place-based inequities and injustice.
  • Focus on addressing the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequity and injustice
  • Promote a social and ecological justice lens in place-based research and action, and
  • Collaborate and partner with communities and cross-sectoral stakeholders to support and enable effective place-based approaches.

Research, Action and Advocacy

Three pillars support the work of the Centre for Just Places – Research, Action and Advocacy.


  • Progress understanding of, and solutions to, locational disadvantage and social exclusion through an interdisciplinary research agenda.
  • Draw together data and concepts across community development, social services, health, urban and social planning, economic development, environmental justice, climate change and innovation.
  • Undertake action research with at-risk and vulnerable communities to design, test and evaluate place-based projects and programs.
  • Create an accessible repository and national hub for information and knowledge exchange on place-based policy, programs, evaluations, tools, case studies and practices.
  • Initiate research collaborations to bridge knowledge gaps and empower communities in the design and implementation of place-based approaches.
  • Promote a social and ecological justice lens in place-based research and action.
  • Lead our Dropping off the Edge research into entrenched place-based disadvantage.


  • Enable and support community action and capacity building through sharing resources and knowledge to better understand local strengths, needs and opportunities as they design and implement place-based approaches to building resilience.
  • Lead and support collaborations across sectors – community, business, government, and academia – to better understand, implement and evaluate place-based approaches to community resilience and empowerment.


  • Communicate (to decision-makers, communities and stakeholders) the opportunity that place-based approaches present to strengthen community resilience.
  • Advocate for policies and processes that empower and support communities mobilising a national conversation on the importance of place-based approaches for resilient, inclusive and regenerative communities.
  • Draw on case studies of innovative and impactful place-based approaches to support further investment in such responses to locational disadvantage and resilience building.