Faculty of Education and Arts

Social and Community Research Unit (SACRU)

Image: Connecting lines by Patick Woolf 2011. Watercolour on paper (Detail)The purpose of SACRU is to support research in the field of social and community practice, policy, welfare and wellbeing. SACRU aims to maximise the benefits of social and community research for students, staff, the school, the faculty, the university and most importantly, for the regions, communities and organisations associated with our research projects.

Guiding principles

  • To foster research which is both academically sound and relevant to the social and community sector.
  • To support staff and students in undertaking social and community research.
  • To work cooperatively and collaboratively with other researchers and research units and centres within the Faculty, school, campus and the wider university.
  • To seek opportunities for collaborative projects.
  • To provide a supportive structure for colleagues seeking external grants.
  • To maximise the administration and financial benefits of team collaboration.

SACRU researchers

Dr Karen Crinall
Dr Chris Laming (honorary senior research fellow)
Dr Debra Manning
Dr Joanie Smith
Ms Clare Williams
Marie Feeley (GCASA)
Dr Susan Whyte
Lynda McRae

Research partnerships

Past and current funded projects

  • ermha360 evaluation. Funded by ERMHA (Eastern Region Mental Health Association). $25,000
  • Evaluation of the Gippsland Women's Health Lifeskills program. Funded by Gippsland Women's Health. $10,000
  • Evaluation of the Preventing Male Violence Against Women partnership project, Gippsland. Funded by Department of Justice through Gippsland Women's Health Service. $60,000
  • Evaluation of the Structured Approach to Students at Risk Pilot Project for the Department of Human Services and Department of Education, Gippsland Region. $25,000