Australian Catholic University's (ACU) community engagement research aims to make a difference in public policy and practice in government and other sectors at local, national and international levels.
Focus of Community Engagement Scholarship andResearch
At the heart of ACU Mission is a fundamental concern for:
the dignity of people; and
promoting the common good.
Community engagement research calls ACU to a transformative role in the domain of policy and practice based scholarship and research focusing on today's critical societal issues of equity, social inclusion and cohesion.
Distinctive Leadership in Community Engagement Research
One of the core strengths of the University's distinctive and mission based approach to community engagement is the way that it informs and is informed by the University's teaching and research.
ACU's Institute for Advancing Community Engagement (IACE) shapes ACU's distinctive leadership in community engagement research through the Beyond Today agenda and themes
ACU's community engagement research strengths
Common good and social justice - Cross-disciplinary research that enhance the social and cultural well-being of communities.
Health - Research that progresses well-being, especially for the vulnerable in our society.
Education - Research concerned with quality, equity and diversity in education.
Theology and Philosophy - Research development and expression of Catholic intellectual thought.
Recent Community Engagement Research Papers and Presentations
Personal Agency as a Primary Focus of University-Community Engagement: A Case Study of Clemente Australia.The Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement
Realising Personal Leadership Capacity through Transformative Community Engagement. The Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement
Humanities education as a pathway for women in regional and rural Ausrtalia: Clemente Ballarat. Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Clemente Australia - community embedded socially supported university education: enhancing the lives and learning of the socially isolated.International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice Vol 1 Poverty and Social Class.
Engaging Youth through Sport in Timor Leste - Future in Youth
Motivations, barriers, and the need to engage: Realities of establishing a sport for development project in Baucau, East Timor. Paper presented at the (ICSEMIS).
Learn, engage, and transform: Building the community engagement life space through sport. Paper presented at the Engagement Australia Conference
The influence of the future in youth (FIY) soccer program (East Timor) on motivations for coaching among local Timorese coaches. Paper presented at the 5th Exercise Science and Sports Australia Conference