The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s research program focuses on the following priorities.


This research priority is focused on exploring the demographic, geographic, political and social dynamics of cohesive communities to better understand the factors that help them thrive. It seeks to unpack the elements and dynamics of cohesive communities.


This research priority seeks to identify and explore issues and challenges that influence social cohesion and examine how different parts of society are responding to them. 

Migrant Journeys

This research priority unpacks the roles of existing, new and emerging communities in fostering community participation. It seeks to build understanding of the cultural and social contributions of new and emerging communities and the benefits they can provide to Australia’s future, as well as the challenges faced by receiving communities.

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