Funding success! Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of urban neighbourhoods in Victoria 

Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes (Monash Criminology) and her colleagues from the School of Social Sciences Dharma Arunachalam, Jonathan Smith, Helen Forbes-Mewett and  Zlatko Skrbiš, as well as other colleagues from Deakin University and the Australian Multicultural Foundation were successful in their application for funding from the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet via their Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC) to conduct a research project on ‘Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of urban neighbourhoods in Victoria’.

The study will examine the association between immigration and socially harmful exclusivist attitudes and actions across 150 Melbourne neighbourhoods. Drawing on longitudinal survey and administrative data, it will identify the neighbourhood and individual level characteristics that influence socially harmful exclusivism over time. It will also assess the protective role of social cohesion in preventing socially harmful exclusivism across these areas. Results will contribute towards a greater understanding of the individual and neighbourhood level protective factors that build resilience to socially harmful exclusivist attitudes and actions.