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17 May 2022

We are delighted to welcome social policy researcher John van Kooy as the newest addition to our Scanlon Foundation Research Institute team.

16 May 2022

Administered each year since 2007, the Mapping Social Cohesion (MSC) survey is a unique source of knowledge about how Australians view social cohesion issues. This Social Cohesion Insights series digs deeper on the findings of the survey, providing added context, explanation and commentary.

4 April 2022

The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute is saddened to announce the retirement of Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus AO as the author of the Mapping Social Cohesion Report.  The annual Mapping Social Cohesion Report will continue and we are delighted that Professor Markus will have an ongoing role with the Foundation as a mentor to the new author, as a member of the Research Committee and to the team at the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute.  

30 November 2021

Support for our government, trust in our fellow citizens and economic satisfaction are driving an optimistic outlook for Australian society, according to the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s 2021 Mapping Social Cohesion Report.

4 February 2021
Australia’s social cohesion has withstood the COVID-19 pandemic, with attitudes largely positive and trust in government significantly higher, according to the 2020 Mapping Social Cohesion Report.
27 January 2021

On January 26, 2021 Scanlon Foundation Research Committee member and principal researcher of the Mapping Social Cohesion Report Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus FASSA was awarded an Order of Australia (AO). Professor Markus AO was recognised for his distinguished service to the study of Jewish civilisation, multiculturalism and to tertiary education. He was previously Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University.

17 December 2020
Australians overwhelmingly endorse their governments’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic according to preliminary findings from the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s 2020 Mapping Social Cohesion surveys, released today.
5 June 2020
On 29 March 2020, places of religious worship in Australia were effectively closed. What does it mean for people to lose their place of worship? Places that are the centre of people’s social and spiritual lives?  In this essay for the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, Trish Prentice explores the ramifications of these closures, and considers the potential long-term effects. She shares stories from religious communities around the country, asking the question: how have they changed in the wake of the pandemic? 
5 June 2020
In our latest essay, Trish Prentice explores the stories of small business owners from diverse cultural backgrounds, each of whom have added to the richness, character and uniqueness of their neighbourhood.
22 November 2019

Australians’ concern about climate change has seen a marked increase amidst a backdrop of mostly stable attitudes on immigration and democracy, according to the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s 2019 Mapping Social Cohesion Report. 

Released on Tuesday, the report is produced by Monash University researchers and uses a survey with some 90 questions to gauge a nuanced understanding of shifts in public opinion on social cohesion and population issues.