Evonne Miller

Evonne Miller
Queensland University of Technology | QUT · Faculty of Creative Industries

PhD

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Introduction
Originally trained in experimental social psychology, my expertise is in environmental gerontology and design psychology. My research focuses on how to design environments – built, technical, socio-cultural and natural – that better engage and support all users, especially older people in residential aged care. I have secured over A$2.5Million in research grants and over 100 publications exploring issues of climate change, ageing and design. I am currently Associate Professor and Director of QUT Design Lab, at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
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July 2004 - present
Queensland University of Technology
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Older Australians, particularly those in aged-care settings, are frequently the targets of persistent discrimination and marginalisation. Indeed, a dominant narrative in Australia is that the country's ageing population is a burden to the community, and that the influx of older Australians into the aged care system over coming decades is a problem...
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This paper draws on a qualitative case study conducted between 2018 and 2019 with 34 children aged 6–12 years in two designated child-friendly public spaces in Jakarta, known as Ruang Publik Terpadu Ramah Anak (RPTRA), in the communities of Cililitan and Rawa Badak Selatan (Rasela). This article illustrates ways in which children construct and embe...
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Objective: With little research investigating older Australians' experience of companion animal (pet) ownership or wildlife encounters, this paper focuses on the value of animals in their lives. Methods: Three online focus groups explored 103 older adults' lived experience of home and community, with this paper focused on interactions with anima...
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Researchers face many ethical challenges when conducting research with children. Ethical issues can be even more significant when researchers work with children from low-income urban settings in the Global South. This chapter presents reflections on research conducted with children aged 6–12 years old who live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Underpinned by...
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Home environments are especially important for older adults whose lives are more home-based than earlier life stages. Despite a focus on ageing in place, there often remains a mismatch between housing options prioritised by government and industry, and the needs and preferences of older adults. This paper considers the breadth of home environments...
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With the ageing of the population, researchers are investigating the experiences of people living and working in residential aged care. Positive organizational scholarship in healthcare (POSH) and its focus on ‘brilliance’ has not been used as a lens for understanding or improving aged care, although the sector prioritizes person-centred, consumer-...
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In this chapter, I endeavor to make visible the often hidden processes of creating a research poem. Drawing on interview transcripts from semi-longitudinal qualitative research tracking older Australians’ lived experience in one nursing home (Donoghue, Miller, & Buys, 2017; Miller et al., 2015), I outline five iterative steps that underpin my appro...
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Objectives This paper visually explores older aged care resident's day‐to‐day lived experience, as well as providing a brief introduction to the participatory documentary photography method of photovoice. Methods Ten residents from one Australian residential aged care facility collaborated with researchers and care staff to photograph, reflect on...
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For six months, a tapestry artist/researcher moved her studio into an aged care home to conduct a participatory art project. Drawing on ethnographic-based qualitative approaches, narrative inquiry and researcher-generated photographs, this arts-based research textually and visually documents the impact of introducing the studio-based craft activity...
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From artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and biometric sensors, to advanced robotics, virtual reality and mobile applications, rapid advances in technology are transforming the design, delivery and experience of mental healthcare. This paper explores the promise and pitfalls of three technologies (apps, avatars and robots) posed to transf...
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This concluding chapter explores the experience of gardening in later life, focusing on how older people who move to a retirement community maintain or reinterpret their gardening identity. Gardening is a site of identity, creativity, and resilience in ageing: a strategy for defining and maintaining ‘body, mind and spirit’ in their new home. Phenom...
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Editorial introduction This chapter explores the experience of gardening in later life, focusing on how older people who move to a retirement community maintain or reinterpret their gardening identity. The authors discuss how gardening is a site of identity, creativity and resilience in ageing: a strategy for defining and maintaining ‘body, mind an...
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As a creative occupation, craft making is increasingly recognised for its therapeutic health benefits and positive impact on quality of life. Unfortunately, many older people in aged care have limited opportunities to engage in meaningful creative occupations, with research reporting residents are bored by the limited and stereotypical leisure purs...
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Research has not explored pro-environmental behaviours as serious leisure. As part of a broader project evaluating a household sustainability initiative on the Sunshine Coast in regional Australia, four focus groups were conducted with older people leading sustainable lifestyles. This exploratory research draws on this qualitative data, with a them...
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In this chapter, we explore the vulnerability and resilience of older adults during the 2011 and 2013 floods in Brisbane, Australia. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 10 residents evacuated from their homes, these older adults (average age, 73 years) did not see themselves as vulnerable although most relied on family, friends, and neighbors for s...
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This article presents five poems constructed from the transcripts of interviews with older Australians who had recently moved into residential aged care. This process, known as poetic inquiry, is an emotionally engaging way to interpret, represent and communicate research data. The poems provide an engaging, evocative and almost visceral experience...
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Objective To investigate the extent to which older residents feel they can remain “self-reliant” during future natural disasters and to compare the findings with the viewpoints of local policy-makers and with those charged with caring for the elderly both on a day-to-day basis and in times of crisis. Methods This study used an array of non-probabi...
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore how social capital or the impact of life and previous disaster experience facilitated resilience in older adults who experienced the 2011 and 2013 floods in Brisbane, Australia. Methods: Data were drawn from in-depth interviews of 10 older adults from Brisbane who were evacuated in both the 201...
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The combination of population ageing and climate change is creating a new threat for many Australian coastal hamlets vulnerable to the impact of tropical cyclones. Increasingly, elderly people are facing future tropical cyclones alone, without support from family and friends, relying instead on already stretched government and authority resources,...
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Recent events such as the Victorian Bushfires (2009), the Haitian earthquake (2010), the Christchurch earthquake (2011), and more recently the South Indian floods (2015), have focused international policy, academic, and community attention on the challenges associated with disasters and severe weather events (SWE), specifically the four key phases...
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Despite over three decades of legislation and initiatives designed to tackle the traditional gender divide in the science, technology and design fields, only a quarter of the registered architects in Australia are women. There are no statistics available for other design disciplines, with little known about why women choose design as a career path...
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How do older adults living in residential aged care experience leisure activities? What restricts and facilitates participation? These two research questions guided this semi-longitudinal qualitative research, tracking the lived experience of aged care from the perspective of 20 new-aged care residents over 18 months (average age, 80 years) through...
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In this chapter we discuss how utilizing the participatory visual methodology, photovoice, in an aged care context with its unique communal setting, raised several ‘fuzzy boundary’ ethical dilemmas. To illustrate these challenges, we draw on immersive field notes from an ongoing qualitative longitudinal research (QLR) exploring the lived experience...
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This paper explores the experiences of older community-dwelling Australians evacuated from their homes during the 2011 and 2013 Queensland floods, applying the novel creative methodology of poetic inquiry as an analysis and interpretative tool. As well as exploring how older adults managed during a natural disaster, the paper documents the process...
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This paper considers an emerging planning practice that uses networked connections to interact with urban places and re-create enlivened cities. The paper presents “urban acupuncture” as a new planning approach that broadens communication and strategically targets interventions across the city. Defined as an approach, which, through the use of digi...
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Dwellings in multi-storey apartment buildings (MSAB) are predicted to increase dramatically as a proportion of housing stock in subtropical cities over coming decades. The problem of designing comfortable and healthy high-density residential environments and minimising energy consumption must be addressed urgently in subtropical cities globally. Th...
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This article presents five poems constructed from interviews with older people adjusting to living in residential aged care. They are part of the “Inside Aged Care” project, ongoing longitudinal phenomenological research tracking the lived experience of aged care from the perspective of residents, family members, and service providers. Poetry, thro...
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Australian forestry plantations have doubled in the past 15 years, with rural communities harbouring a diverse range of positive and negative of economic, environmental and social impacts - the so-called triple bottom line (TBL). Utilising two Australian rural communities in Eden/Gippsland and Tasmania as qualitative case studies, this research exp...
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In the built environment sector, a range of innovations are delivering environmental improvements with mixed success worldwide. The authors of this paper argue that a more “disruptive” form of innovation is needed to bring about significant and systemic change within the sector. Critical to this transition is the development of new behaviours and v...
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The retrofitting of heritage buildings represents a significant opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment. Within the retrofit process, the design phase is known as an important window of opportunity to address environmental objectives, however reconciling the dual goals of heritage preservation and sustainable development...
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This paper considers the role of the public library as a community hub, engagement space, and entrepreneurial incubator in the context of the city, city governance, and local government planning. It considers this role from the perspective of library experts and their future visions for libraries in a networked knowledge economy. Public libraries (...
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A significant reduction in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a priority, and the preservation of existing building stock presents a significant opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment. Within this ‘wicked’ problem context, and moving beyond the ad hoc and incremental performance improvements that have been made to...
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Australia’s urban form and planning has shifted from traditional individual dwellings on spacious suburban blocks towards higher density urban consolidation. Despite relatively strong market demand for inner city high density (ICHD) living, there is ongoing need to explore and understand the aspects that make this urban form liveable and sustainabl...
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The purpose of this paper is to consider how libraries support the development of community networks both physically and digitally. To do this, a case-study methodology was employed, including a combination of data about the library and qualitative interviews with library users considering their experience of the library. This paper proposes that l...
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One of the most significant lifestyle and technological trends of the twenty-first century is the emergence and increased ubiquity of mobile information and communication technologies (mICT). The potential of mICT raises critical questions for planners, potentially enabling citizen engagement and enhancing the urban planning process through facilit...
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Background. Governments face a significant challenge to ensure that community environments meet the mobility needs of an ageing population. Therefore, it is critical to investigate the effect of suburban environments on the choice of transportation and its relation to participation and active ageing. Objective. This research explores if and how sub...
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Urban land use planning and policy decisions are often contested, with the multiple stakeholders (business, developers, residents, policymakers and the wider community) frequently holding opposing viewpoints about the issues and best solution. In recent years, however, the participatory process of social impact assessment (SIA) has received signifi...
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Although the multiple economic, environmental and social challenges threatening the viability of rural and regional communities in Australia are well-known, little research has explored how community leaders conceptualise the impact and opportunities associated with economic diversification from agriculture into alternative industries, such as tour...
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Aim: Increased car dependency among Australia's ageing population may result in increased social isolation and other health impacts associated with the cessation of driving. While public transport represents an alternative to car usage, patronage remains low among older cohorts. This study investigates the facilitators and barriers to public transp...
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Disagreement within the global science community about the certainty and causes of climate change has led the general public to question what to believe and whom to trust on matters related to this issue. This paper reports on qualitative research undertaken with Australian residents from two rural areas to explore their perceptions of climate chan...
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Increasing the population density of urban areas is a key policy strategy to sustainably manage growth, but many residents often view higher-density living as an undesirable long-term housing option. Thus, this research explores the predictors of residential satisfaction in inner urban higher-density (IUHD) environments, surveying 636 IUHD resident...
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Public engagement and support is essential for ensuring adaptation to climate change. The first step in achieving engagement is documenting how the general public currently perceive and understand climate change issues, specifically the importance they place on this global problem and identifying any unique challenges for individual communities. Fo...
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Despite increasing awareness and acceptance of sustainability, relatively little is known about the motivations, viewpoints and experiences of people who choose to lead extremely sustainable lives. Through in-depth interviews with seven sustainability leaders, residing in an ecovillage or traditional suburban community in south-east Queensland in A...
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In response to the global phenomenon of population ageing, numerous countries have turned to international directives promoting active, healthy or successful ageing. However, there is significant disagreement and debate about how to define well-being in later life, with no consensus on either terminology or measurement. Through a survey of 2,645 ol...
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In contrast to many other disciplines, built environment, engineering and design (BED) academics often have significant amounts of practical work experience and chose a university job because of their desire to teach and shape ‘professional practice’ in the next generation. This paper documents BED academics experience of being teachers and their t...
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Little research has examined the extent to which active ageing is facilitated by family and nonfamilial support persons of older adults with intellectual disabilities. This study explores the role played by key unpaid carers/support persons of older adults with lifelong intellectual disabilities in facilitating "active ageing." All key social netwo...
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Being a grandparent is an important and valued role for many older adults, who often have strong views about the type of grandparent they will be and what they will teach their grandchild. When their grandchild has a disability, grandparents may have to significantly adjust their expectations and interactions. This research explores if and how havi...
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Despite playing an extremely important role in shaping communities, the role and contribution of planners is not widely understood or acknowledged. At the same time, there is a shortage of planners in Australia, especially in non-urban areas. Thus, through an online survey of 185 rural and regional planners, this research explores the motivations,...
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This research explores the quality and importance of the physical environment of two early learning centres on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, utilising qualitative interviews with parents (n = 4) and educators (n = 4) to understand how design might impact on children's development and a quantitative rating (the Early Childhood Physical Environme...
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Background Considerable attention is currently being directed towards both active ageing and the revising of standards for disability services within Australia and internationally. Yet, to date, no consideration appears to have been given to ways to promote active ageing among older adults with intellectual disabilities (IDs). Methods Semi-structur...
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A vast proportion of companies nowadays are looking to design and are focusing on the end users as a means of driving new projects. However still many companies are drawn to technological improvements which drive innovation within their industry context. The Australian livestock industry is no different. To date the adoption of new products and ser...
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Caring for a child with a disability can be a unique and challenging experience, with families often relying on informal networks for support. Often, grandparents are key support resources, yet little is known about their roles and experiences. Reporting on data collected in a larger Australian study, this article explores grandparents' experiences...
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High-density living in inner-urban areas has been promoted to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of travel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, previous research presents mixed results on the relationship between living in proximity to transport systems and reduced car-dependency. This research examines inner-city residents' transp...
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In 2006, the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering introduced the first faculty wide unit dedicated to sustainability at any Australian University. BEB200 Introducing Sustainability has semester enrolments of up to 1500 students. Instruments such as lectures, readings, field visits, group projects and structured tutorial activities are used...
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Health care is an information-intensive business. Sharing information in health care processes is a smart use of data enabling informed decision-making whilst ensuring. the privacy and security of patient information. To achieve this, we propose data encryption techniques embedded Information Accountability Framework (IAF) that establishes transiti...
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Forecasting population growth to meet the service needs of a growing population is a vexed issue. The task of providing essential services becomes even more difficult when future population growth forecasts are unavailable or unreliable. The aim of this paper is to identify the main methods used in population forecasting and thereby select an appro...
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Light Transport Systems (LTS) (e.g light pipes, fibre optics) can illuminate core areas within buildings with great potential for energy savings. However, they do not provide a clear connection to the outside like windows do, and their effects on people's physiological and psychological health are not well understood. Furthermore, how people percei...
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Imperatives to improve the sustainability of cities often hinge upon plans to increase urban residential density to facilitate greater reliance on sustainable forms of transport and minimise car use. However there is ongoing debate about whether high residential density land use in isolation results in sustainable transport outcomes. Findings from...
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This article documents the rationale and experience of a pilot Australian sustainability education programme, ‘Living Smart Homes’ (LSH) based on a community-based social marketing model. Inspired by the Australian ‘Land for Wildlife’ scheme, LSH is designed to engage homeowners with sustainable practices through face-to-face workshops, an interact...
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The advent of data breach notification laws in the United States (US) has unearthed a significant problem involving the mismanagement of personal information by a range of public and private sector organisations. At present, there is currently no statutory obligation under Australian law requiring public or private sector organisations to report a...
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As our knowledge about the experiences of grandparents when their grandchild has a disability is extremely limited, the purpose of this research was to explore the emotional journey of Australian grandparents. This qualitative research utilised purposive sampling and semi-structured in-depth interviews to explore the experiences of 22 Australian gr...
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This paper reports on the preliminary findings of an ongoing Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) – Discipline Based Initiatives (DBI) study, mapping the key issues facing professional education in built environment (quantity surveying, construction management, project management, property economics, spatial science, planning, civil engi...
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In January 2007, South-East Queensland became the first region in Australia to formally decide to introduce recycled water into the drinking supplies. Internationally, although water recycling occurs in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Belgium, surprisingly little is known about public perceptions. This article explores gender dif...
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Engaging individuals and communities with environmental sustainability initiatives is an international public policy priority, with recent research focussed on understanding the role and value of social capital in fostering environmental responsibility and action. This paper investigates the extent to which socio-demographic factors, participation...
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Purpose: Buildings, which account for approximately half of all annual energy and greenhouse gas emissions, are an important target area for any strategy addressing climate change. Whilst new commercial buildings increasingly address sustainability considerations, incorporating green technology in the refurbishment process of older buildings presen...
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To examine the predictors of depressive symptoms among older married rural Australian and American men and women, using comparable measures from two separate studies. Postal survey for Australians; telephone interviews for Americans. Rural Australia (six states and two territories) and America (Virginia). Older married rural men and women, aged 65...
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Australians report the second highest rate of water consumption in the industrialised world, despite the continent’s generally dry conditions. With researchers suggesting that fostering social capital may encourage people to work together on environmental and sustainable initiatives, this article explores whether social capital, environmental respo...
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Despite active scientific research into the geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, little is known about how the public perceives geosequestration technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon dioxide in underground sites. Thus, through an online survey (n = 1273), this study investigated Australians'...
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This paper investigates the extent to which social capital and participation in community activities predicts happiness, health and life satisfaction in Australia. Residents of a Gold Coast suburb completed a random door-to-door survey, with a 74% response rate (n=249). Ordinal regression analyses revealed that only two elements of social capital,...
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Miller, E., Buys, L., Bell, L, Hargreaves, M., Dawes, L., & Hamilton, G. (2008).
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Despite well-publicised health and social benefits of physical activity, liketheir younger counterparts, the majority of older people tend to lead relatively sedentary lives. This crosssectional study investigates the impact of residential locality, specifically whether older adults live in their own home in the community (n = 374) or in independen...
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This article explores the extent to which socio-demographic characteristics influence knowledge, trust, risk perception and acceptance of an emerging scientific technology, geosequestration or carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in geological formations, which is positioned as a possible response to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmo...
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This article investigates the physical, leisure and social activities reported by older Australian men, aged 75 years and over, living either in the community (n=56) or a independent living unit in a retirement village (n=57) in South-East Queensland. Compared to their community-dwelling peers, residents participated in almost twice as many leisure...
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Triple bottom line (TBL) reports, outlining the economic, environmental and social impact of organisations, are increasingly viewed as a business requirement. Unfortunately, with no one established standard against which to evaluate or assess the social dimension, current social reporting is often disparagingly described as a public relations exerc...
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In January 2007, the Premier of Queensland, Australia, made the controversial decision to introduce recycled water into South East Queensland’s (SEQ’s) drinking supply, igniting significant community debate. Using a Toowoombabased antirecycling weblog (blog) as a case study, this paper examines the discourse produced in relation to the water recycl...
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Despite ever-increasing popularity of retirement village living for older Australian adults, little is known about whether and how this might affect family visitation patterns, the provision of informal family caregiving and usage of formal instrumental support. This research examines who, paid help or family, provides instrumental support to older...
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Older men have been described as relatively invisible in gerontological research, with knowledge about the wellbeing of older men in a rural and cross-cultural context limited. Thus, this research investigated the prevalence and predictors of mild depression, or "the blues", among older married Australian and American men living in rural areas. Com...
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This paper investigates the determinants of awareness of local community action to address environmental issues and water conservation in a drought-prone Australian community. With researchers arguing that social capital, broadly defined as the social connectedness of a community, may foster sustainable communities that collaborate to solve communi...
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Abstract Background The concept of active and healthy ageing has been adopted in Australia as a guiding principle for enhancing the ageing experience for the quarter of Australians who will be aged 65 years and over by 2051. Yet, little is known about how older people themselves define "active ageing". Thus, this paper investigates what the essen...
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Whilst significant research attention has focussed on maintaining health in later life, our knowledge about how residential location might affect older people's physical mental and social wellbeing remains limited. Thus, this paper investigates how residence, either living in a retirment village or the community, might impact on the wellbeing of ol...
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This study investigated the relationships among awareness and internalisation of societal ideals, body perception and media consumption for young adult New Zealand men (n=62) and women (n=119) attending the University of Otago. This survey confirms that young New Zealand women, but not men, experience the body image dissatisfaction deemed normative...
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One fifth of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia are generated by the everyday activities of households (Commonwealth of Australia 2005a). Higher consumer awareness of the impact of housing on the environment (Commonwealth of Australia 2003, 2005b) and of sustainable housing alternatives (The State of Queensland 2005a) is essential. One of the dr...
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This exploratory study investigates the impact of residence on the social networks reported by very old (75 years+) single and widowed men who live alone, either in the community (n=26) or an independent living unit in a retirement village (n=24). With research suggesting that older men living alone are most at risk for experiencing social isolatio...
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This study investigated generational differences and similarities in social capital, environmental attitudes and behaviours in an affluent Australian community, comparing the Civic Generation (60 years+) with the independent youth of today, the "Generation X-ers" (18-30 years). Interest in social capital, an indicator of community wellbeing succinc...
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This article focuses on identifying how communities can better support parents, families and young people. Participants at an Effective Parenting Expo (n=57) were surveyed about the value of the event, the challenges facing them as parents, and the changes that would significantly improve life for their family. This paper focuses on responses to on...
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The first year experience (FYE) is both exciting and daunting for university students. Ensuring that this experience is positive and enjoyable is increasingly important for universities, with research indicating that students’ initial experiences will determine whether they complete their degree (McInnes, James and Hartley 2000). This paper analyse...