University of Canberra
Research Projects
Community Formation and Attitudes to Sustainability: a Canberra Study
State/Territory: ACT

In 2009 the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) commissioned the Australian National University (ANU) to investigate patterns of community formation and attitudes to sustainability in suburbs undergoing development (Gunghalin Town Centre and Harrison) or redevelopment (Turner).

This research project aimed to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between community development and sustainability. Participants were asked about a number of topics including:

  • reasons behind residents' choice of house and location;
  • expectations of social infrastructure and community development;
  • residents' sense of identity with an area;
  • residents' interactions with neighbours.

This research was undertaken as a pilot project and obtained preliminary responses on a range of attributes related to sustainability in communities, with a view to inform future longitudinal studies.

Geographic location:
Gungahlin Town Centre ACT, Harrison ACT, Turner ACT
Research theme:
Settlements and Infrastructure
Organisation:
School of Sociology, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
Collaborator:
ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA)
Funding agency:
ACT Government
Main researchers:
In 2009 the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) commissioned the Australian National University (ANU) to investigate patterns of community formation and attitudes to sustainability in suburbs undergoing development (Gunghalin Town Centre and Harrison
Timing:
01 Jan 2009 - 30 Jun 2009