Social Action and Research Centre

We investigate how and why Tasmanians are affected by poverty and inequality. We use what we learn to advocate for changes that improve people’s lives.

 

About us

  • How we work

    We listen, collaborate, research, advocate and educate.

    We carry out qualitative and quantitative social research

    • Our qualitative research centres on the lived experience of Tasmanians. It often features the voices of people who use Anglicare services and the expertise of our frontline workers.
    • Our quantitative research utilises data to demonstrate social trends.

     

    We engage in social action through advocacy.

    • Our advocacy involves briefing government and key stakeholders on our research and creating opportunities for networking and collaboration to achieve social change.
    • We are independent and values-based, allowing us to set our own priorities. Our multi-disciplinary team has expert knowledge across research, policy development, advocacy, quality improvement and evaluation.
  • Our ethical framework

    SARC has high ethical standards for our research. We conduct our research with honesty, integrity, respect for participants, appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others in research and the responsible communication of results.

    Anglicare Tasmania seeks approval from a National Health and Medical Research Council registered Human Research Ethics Committee for all research involving participants.

    Substantial research projects are overseen by a research reference group that is consulted about ethical safeguards.

Meet the team

  • Selina Claxton | Research Assistant

    Selina is a Research Assistant, editor and proofreader. Selina has worked with the SARC team on a casual basis for many years, recently publishing her own work in our Rental Affordability Snapshot.

    Selina is dedicated to improving the quality of written communication and is meticulous in her attention to detail.

  • Lindsey Fidler | Research and Policy Analyst

    Since 1990, Lindsey has drawn on her training as a sociologist to advocate for effective social policy and community programs for disadvantaged communities across the UK and in Tasmania. She has worked for community sector organisations, such as the Tasmanian Council of Social Service, the National Union of Students and Youth at Risk, and for government and their funded agencies, such as the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies and the London Borough of Newham, where she has conducted and commissioned social research and led research, policy, campaigns and communications teams.

    She is interested in systemic change that levels people’s chances of creating the best life they can have. Her work in the UK informed and shaped welfare benefits, student finance and housing standards. At SARC, Lindsey has contributed to a range of research and policy areas, including Tasmanian family support.  Her current research work is looking at how to support older Tasmanians to age well at home when they have challenges related to hoarding and / or maintaining a healthy home.

    SARC Team: Lindsey Fidler

  • Ellen Nicholson | Coordinator – Social Action Research Centre

    Ellen is an experienced public health professional, and has managed a variety of health programs across the public sector within the UK and Australia. Ellen has worked in both service provision leading large teams and as a commissioner implementing new policy and practice.

    Ellen is interested in measuring, understanding and improving the impact that research can have for society and individuals.

  • Dr Catherine Robinson | Social Researcher

    Catherine is a sociologist with a broad interest in the relationship between vulnerability, justice and place. She has a long-held commitment to qualitative research and advocacy in the areas of homelessness, complex trauma and social care. Her current work focuses on understanding the experiences and support system needs of Tasmanian children and young people who experience high vulnerability, including unaccompanied homelessness. Her key publications on homelessness include Beside One’s Self: Homelessness Felt and Lived (Syracuse University Press) and (with Chris Chamberlain and Guy Johnson) Homelessness in Australia (NewSouth Publishing).  Catherine is also known for her work with Blackfella Films as Series Consultant and Co-Host of the SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless.  She is on the Board of Directors, Homelessness Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, UTAS.

    SARC Team: Catherine Robinson

Latest publications

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SARC’s Social Action Series #1 – A public health approach to ending unaccompanied child homelessness in Tasmania

This SARC Action Series paper provides a comprehensive public health approach to ending unaccompanied child homelessness. It guides the reader through a suite of actions to both prevent and intervene in children’s unique experience of being without a home and without access to the consistent care of a parent or guardian. Download

#StayHome? The impact of Covid-19 on unaccompanied homeless children in Tasmania

This is an interim report from the research project #Stayhome. Drawing on the voices of community support workers, this research was designed to  capture the wide-ranging impacts of mandatory stay at home and social distancing directives on children aged 10-17 who were alone and without a stable place to stay when Covid-19 reached Tasmania. Download

Rebalancing the Scales: Access to justice for parents in the Tasmanian Child Safety system

This report documents the experiences of Tasmanian parents and the lawyers who represent them in the Court and legal processes associated with the Child Safety system. The research examines parents' ability to access legal advice, their participation in decision-making processes and to what extent these processes implement the intent of the legislation – promoting family preservation and reunification. Drawing from a review of reforms in Child Safety and Justice systems around the world, the report makes a series of recommendations about how to improve the experiences of Tasmanian parents and their ability to preserve their families and be reunited with their children. Download

  • #1 A public health approach to ending unaccompanied child homelessness in Tasmania

    This SARC Action Series paper provides a comprehensive public health approach to ending unaccompanied child homelessness. It guides the reader through a suite of actions to both prevent and intervene in children’s unique experience of being without a home and without access to the consistent care of a parent or guardian.

    Download report

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