Why we research
Anglicare WA’s research activities are underpinned by our commitment to the organisation’s values and our purpose and vision. Our research is based on key themes aimed at investigating the causes of social disadvantage and developing an in-depth understanding of community needs. Engaging with scholars, practitioners and people with lived experience informs the design of high quality, innovative research and services to help people rise above tough times.
Poverty and Inequality
Over 200,000 Western Australians live in poverty, including 44,000 children. Research under this theme focuses on understanding their experiences, barriers encountered when seeking support, strategies people use to survive, and the role of a social safety net in supporting people through challenging times.
Research in this theme investigates the stories behind unemployment statistics. It explores the mismatch between job seekers and job vacancies to highlight the experiences of those facing barriers to employment.
Housing and Homelessness
Access to safe, secure housing is essential to a person’s health, wellbeing and ability to participate in society. The Housing and Homelessness theme uncovers experiences for people on low incomes in the rental market, and examines public perceptions about homelessness and social housing tenants.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Research under this theme seeks to understand the local needs and assets of each community where we work to determine how best to support local communities in the provision of mental health services.
Families and Communities
The Families and Communities research theme investigates the resilience of families facing difficult situations and life transitions. Those with lived experience are best placed to inform policies, research and advocacy priorities and service design.