Associate Professor Geoffrey Woolcock

12 April 2010 11:34:14 AM

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Associate Professor Geoffrey Woolcock is an urban sociologist based at Griffith University and is particularly interested in both indicators of social sustainability and the factors that contribute to child- and youth-friendly communities.  

His work with large-scale public and private sector organisations, including large private residential developers and several Queensland and interstate government departments, concentrates on developing measures of communities' strengths alongside national and international efforts to measure well-being led by the OECD. In particular, he is focusing on qualitative and quantitative indicators of child- friendly communities across the Australian urban landscape.  

Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation, including social impact assessment and project evaluation. He has 20 years community-based research experience nationally and internationally, in housing, youth and health sectors, particularly HIV/AIDS prevention and education, culminating in his PhD thesis on AIDS activism completed in 2000.  

Geoff also has intellectual and experiential interest in community activism and social reform, especially the evolution of progressive social movements.  He was the senior research fellow on the Australian Research Council Linkage project, Building Sustainable Social Capital in New Communities, in conjunction with industry partner, Delfin Lend Lease. He is an International Editorial Board member of the Journal of Research Practiceand Journal of Social Inclusion, a regular reviewer for several other journals, a Director of the Brisbane Housing Company and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Urban Research & Learning, Loyola University, Chicago, USA.

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