Policy settings largely determine the need, scale and range of education and community infrastructure provision. Education and community policy appear natural partners, both contributing activities that identify and bring communities together for the potential benefit of all. How does this operate when Australian education and community policy sits across three levels of government jurisdictions? This analysis compares federal, state and local government policy for their singular and, where they exist, cross-sector aspirations, objectives and implications for delivery of Schools as Community Hubs. Engaging with this level of policy correlation allows development of a structured framework for undertaking investigation of gaps between focused policy to what is enacted and delivered. Research of education and community policy for services and infrastructure provides a multi-factorial comparison of language, definitions, criteria, economics, management, governance structures, contrasts and synergies which are potential that may otherwise be overlooked, or not be considered. This understanding is significant to capture as our policy context is dramatically changing due to a combination of climate, environment, demographic, technological, educative, social and economic factors with school and community service needs driven by rapid population growth.
Keywords: Policy research; education and community policy; community capacity; social infrastructure
Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University
Joining the Building Connections team culminates Rob’s long held dream to collaborate to build research based evidence for sharing knowledge to influence policy settings, connected to planning, design, delivery of learning and community sites to meet diverse community needs as flourishing centres.
Rob’s research proposal is steeped in years of project work related to Building Connections objectives for evaluating policy-planning-design-governance settings. This experience includes education, health, community sectors, commercial, multi-residential, public realm, transport infrastructure, urban renewal and land development programs. These projects have incorporated urban policy development, strategic planning, funding submissions, setting site planning and development vision, concept to final agreed design, contract procurement to delivery with advocacy for clients, stakeholders, communities, and all levels of Government.
Rob has extensively participated in industry forums and academic teaching throughout his career. Rob’s recent teaching focus has included affordable, socially inclusive design for education, community health, housing density, connected neighbourhoods.Linkedin