What we do

In our work we aim to contribute to addressing social issues, particularly those affecting disadvantaged people or communities. We have been involved in research and advocacy in fields such as youth unemployment, violence against women, legal procedures, crime prevention and organisational change.

Evaluation

Social Research, Policy & Planning has specialised in evaluating a range of community, aged care and legal services. Working with Disabled Peoples International, Streetwize Comics and the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association, the focus has been on empowering consumers and operationalising their concerns. Richard Mohr was instrumental in developing methods for evaluating the quality of research in the humanities with the Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres under the working title 'Assessing What Matters'.

Planning

Extensive work with a range of urban planning consultants led to social plans for new urban release areas, evaluation of Australian government urban consolidation programs and assessment of applications for aged care facilities and retirement villages. SRPP also has experience working with alliances or networks in the development of localised plans and individual agenices in strategic planning.

Research

SRPP has strong research experience in a range of methodologies, including quantitative (survey), qualitative (interview) and mixed methods. This includes traditional research approaches, community based research and action or participatory research. We use SPSS, Nvivo and other research software to support research and analysis. All research is informed by ethical principles and procedures.

Urban Semiotics

We are collaborating with visual artists, semioticians and legal scholars in analysing urban landscapes. Projects with photographer Dr John Storey have dealt with time and space in airports, and urban boundaries and access to familiar and unfamiliar cities.

Richard Mohr's latest research project, with Dr Nadirsyah Hosen (University of Wollongong), explores the intersection of food, culture, religion and regulation in a multicultural main street in Sydney.

Courts and Legal Services

In 2012 Richard Mohr advised the JILEP project on Judicial Independence in Georgia on judicial evaluation. Through the 1990s Richard Mohr worked with Professors Helen Gamble and Ted Wright and Attorney-General's staff to develop court standards and benchmarks, and to report on gender bias in the courts.

SRPP now collaborates with the Research Institute on Judicial Systems (IRSIG-CNR), where Richard Mohr publishes with Francesco Contini. See publications at Academia.edu