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Dr Emma Partridge

Biography

Emma is a qualitative social researcher with extensive experience in policy, research and consulting contexts, and high level skills in the design, direction and management of research. Her research interests focus on the social and cultural dimensions of sustainability, and the links between sustainability and social justice. She has published and given presentations on social sustainability in various contexts, including most recently an entry in the Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (ed. Michalos 2014).

In 2014 Emma completed a PhD at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Her thesis is in the field of Indigenous policy and is titled ‘Words and silences: the discursive politics of problem representation in the Northern Territory Intervention’. She has published components of this work, on the meaning and use of ‘evidence’ in Indigenous policy (Partridge 2013) government consultation with Indigenous people (Partridge, Maddison and Nicholson 2012) and feminist responses to the Intervention (Maddison and Partridge 2014, forthcoming).

Emma has a keen interest in improving the quality of democratic participation and engagement. Her work has included various forms of community consultation and engagement as well as stakeholder liaison and negotiation to inform policy development and implementation. She has contributed to a major international research project on public- government decision-making for the International Association for Public Participation (2010), and co-authored two reports for the Democratic Audit of Australia (Maddison and Partridge 2007). This democratic assessment work was further developed during a one-month Visiting Guest Professorship at the University of Connecticut, and subsequently published as a book chapter (Johnson, Maddison and Partridge 2010).

Emma has extensive experience in multiple sectors. She has undertaken significant work in the local government sector on a range of sustainability, community engagement, strategic planning and indicator development projects. Most recently this includes the development of a major community indicators framework for the City of Sydney (2010-2012). She has also undertaken various research, evaluation and capacity building projects for the non-government/community sector, including for World Vision Australia, Wakakirri, the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Australia, the Cancer Council NSW and Campbell Page. In addition, Emma has considerable knowledge and experience of the public policy process and worked in various senior research and policy development roles in the state and commonwealth public sector before joining ISF. This work focused on issues relating to women, children and young people, juvenile justice and community services.

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Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures
Core Member, Institute for Sustainable Futures
BA (Hons) (ANU), MA (UOW), PhD (UNSW)
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Research Interests

  • Qualitative social research, social and cultural analysis
  • Public participation, consultation and community engagement
  • Social sustainability/social justice
  • Intersection of environmental and social sustainability
  • Capacity building for the non-government/community sector
  • Local government
  • Indigenous policy
  • Gender analysis
  • Children and young people

Books

Maddison, S. & Partridge, E.Y. 2007, How Well Does Australian Democracy Serve Sexual and Gender Minorities? Report No. 9, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
This report 'How Well Does Australian Democracy Serve Sexual and Gender Minorities?', was co-authored by Emma Partridge and Sarah Maddison at UNSW. It is part of the large Democratic Audit project at ANU, which conducts research to assess Australia's strengths and weaknesses as a democratic society. The sexuality audit is one of a number of 'focused audits'. The authors consider the extent to which Australian democracy protects and advances the rights of sexual and gender minorities. It does this within the conceptual framework for a healthy democracy that informs the Democratic Audit of Australia. This is constituted by four principles, namely: * popular control over public decision-making; * political equality in exercising that control; * the principle of deliberative democracy; and * the principle of human rights and civil liberties. The report focuses on three key areas concerning the provision of sexual equality, namely: * the legislative framework that is intended to eliminate discrimination against sexual and gender minorities; * the recognition and certification of spousal and parenting relationships in gay and lesbian couples and families; * the public policies and social attitudes that continue to affect the daily lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (GLBTI) people in Australia.
Maddison, S. & Partridge, E.Y. 2007, How well does Australian democracy serve Australian women? Report No. 8, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
The aim of this focused audit has been to consider the extent to which Australian democracy has promoted the equality of men and women, or gender equality for short. Gender equality is understood here as a complex goal that requires governments to address both equality of opportunities and sex-based differences. The diversity of Australian women's lives adds further complexity, necessitating that a gender-equal democracy must neither discriminate against nor between women. This report considers these complexities in three ways. First, it draws upon the understanding of democracy that informs the Democratic Audit of Australia. This understanding is constituted by four principles: * popular control over public decision-making; * political equality in exercising that control; * the principle of deliberative democracy; and * the principle of human rights and civil liberties. Second, in addressing these principles the report considers a number of key issues in the provision of gender equality, specifically: * the legislative framework that is intended to eliminate discrimination against women; * the history and current functioning of the policy machinery that was developed in order to monitor the impact of public policy on women; * the level of representation of women in Australia's parliaments, on public sector boards, in local government and in the judiciary; and * the degree to which womens non-government organisations are consulted with, have access to, and are supported in their relationships with government. Third, Australia's progress towards gender equality is considered with regard to the measures outlined in the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA).

Chapters

Partridge, E.Y. 2014, 'Social sustainability' in Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Springer Reference, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 6178-6186.
The first comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life and well-being Covers the subject of quality of life from a multidisciplinary perspective Includes the behavioral and social sciences as well as health and healthcare The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life, including health-related quality of life research or also called patient-reported outcomes research. Since the 1960s two overlapping but fairly distinct research communities and traditions have developed concerning ideas about the quality of life, individually and collectively, one with a fairly narrow focus on health-related issues and one with a quite broad focus. In many ways, the central issues of these fields have roots extending to the observations and speculations of ancient philosophers, creating a continuous exploration by diverse explorers in diverse historic and cultural circumstances over several centuries of the qualities of human existence. What we have not had so far is a single, multidimensional reference work connecting the most salient and important contributions to the relevant fields. Entries are organized alphabetically and cover basic concepts, relatively well established facts, lawlike and causal relations, theories, methods, standardized tests, biographic entries on significant figures, organizational profiles, indicators and indexes of qualities of individuals and of communities of diverse sizes, including rural areas, towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, regions, countries and groups of countries.
Johnson, C., Maddison, S. & Partridge, E.Y. 2011, 'Australia: parties, federalism and rights agendas' in Tremblay, M., Paternotte, D. & Johnson, C. (eds), The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Surrey, UK, pp. 27-43.
In recent decades Australia has seen significant advances in relation to the recognition of LGBTI human rights. Thanks largely to the efforts of movement activists working at all levels of Australian politics, the current picture is a far cry from the criminalization, vilification, and discrimination that characterized relations between LGBTI people and the state in the 1950s and 1960s (Willett 2000: 3-26). Formal legislative protection is comparatively far advanced in terms of relationship recognition and (at state level at least) in terms of antidiscrimination and vilification law. Same-sex relationships now have a status generally equivalent to heterosexual de facto relationships.' This is significant for, in Australia, heterosexual de facto relationships (that is, where unmarried sexual partners have lived together for several years) have a status largely equal to marriage (Millbank 2009: 2, Walker 2007: 110).

Conferences

Prior, J.H., Partridge, E.Y., Plant, R. & Ison, N. 2009, 'Community experiences, perceptions of and attitudes to contaminated land and its remediation: an analysis of metropolitan and local newspapers in Australia'.
Prior, J.H. & Partridge, E.Y. 2009, 'Experiencing the toxic city: effects of contamination and its remediation on individuals and communities in urban Australia', State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd and DiskBank, Western Australia, pp. 1-16.
There is little research available on individual and community experiences of environmental contamination in Australian urban areas. However, international research suggests that the health impacts for individuals and communities living near contaminated sites are significant and complex and extend beyond the risk of immediate physical harm to impact on the psychological health of both individuals and communities. This paper presents the findings of one component a resident survey of a mixed method social research project that seeks to address this research gap. A random telephone survey was conducted in early 2009 with 400 residents living in proximity to the Botany Industrial Park (BIP) and Southlands contaminated sites in the southern suburbs of Sydney. The paper presents the findings from two of the themes that the survey investigates, namely the impact of the contamination on the `lifescape of residents living near the site, and the sense of stigma associated with contamination and whether this might be transformed by the remediation process. We suggest that a better understanding of community experiences and responses can inform the future management and remediation of contaminated lands. We hope that improvements in these processes can contribute to the alleviation of potentially negative impacts on peoples health and wellbeing.
Prior, J.H., Partridge, E.Y. & Plant, R. 2009, 'Community perceptions of contaminated land and associated remediation processes', 3rd International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference: Program and Proceedings, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 62-63.
Chong, J. & Partridge, E.Y. 2009, 'Watering sportsgrounds during restrictions: perspectives from Melbourne Metropolitan Councils', Ozwater '09: From Challenges to Solutions, Australlian Water Association (AWA), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-7.
Restrictions on outdoor water use have been a key element of the response to drought in metropolitan Melbourne. When stage 3A restrictions were introduced in April 2007, managers of grassed sportsgrounds mainly local councils were limited to watering 1 in 4 sites, and were required to make a 25% saving in water used outdoors. In late 2007, an allocation scheme was introduced as an alternative option available to councils for watering sportsgrounds. This research aims to inform the development of future drought response mechanisms, by providing insight into recent perspectives from Melbournes metropolitan local councils on watering sportsgrounds during drought. Through a series of semi-structured interviews, this research explored the underlying drivers, barriers, constraints and opportunities for efficient water management for grassed sportsgrounds.
Prior, J.H. & Partridge, E.Y. 2009, 'Practitioners' views on the past, present and future of social planning in Australia', State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, Promaco Conventions, Perth, Australia, pp. 1-18.
This paper explores shifts and internal perceptions of social planning practice in Australia against the background of the professions past, present and future. With the majority of people in Australia living in urban areas, most social planning occurs and is implemented in Australias cities. For this reason and also because it has a great deal of interdependence with the field of urban planning the present and future of social planning practice has a critical role to play in the future of Australian cities.
Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'Moving from 'tackling climate change' to 'achieving sustainability': fairness and justice in the climate change debate'.
Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'Women and the Australian constitution'.
Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'Sustainability: the social dimension'.
Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'Gender equality: a democratic audit'.
Partridge, E.Y. & Mayo, M. 2008, 'It's all about the cups of tea: getting people involved in advocacy'.
Partridge, E.Y. & Herriman, J. 2008, 'Understanding people's involvement in environment groups', Environmental education up the track: hot topics for our community, Australian Associationn for Environmental Education, Darwin.
Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'Climate change, human rights and indigenous people'.
McGee, C.M., Partridge, E.Y., Carrard, N.R. & Milne, G.R. 2008, 'Mainstreaming sustainable housing: policies and programs that work', Proceedings of the 2008 World Sustainable Building Conference, www.sb08melbourne.com, Melbourne, pp. 1-8.
Plant, R., Herriman, J. & Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'Community attitudes to in-situ remediation of contaminated sites'.
Partridge, E.Y. 2007, 'Deep green, deeply ambivalent, or just like the rest of us? Young people, participation and the environment', ANZSEE Conference 'Re-inventing Sustainability: A climate for change', Australian New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics, Australia, pp. 1-18.
Partridge, E.Y. 2007, 'How well is Australian democracy serving Australian women?'.
Herriman, J., Willetts, J.R. & Partridge, E.Y. 2006, 'Learning together for sustainability: the value of group based peer learning', Proceedings of the 12th ANZSYS Conference, Sustaining Our Social and Natural Capital, ANZSYS, Katoomba, Australia, pp. 406-420.
Partridge, E.Y. 2006, 'Social sustainability: challenges for the development industry'.
Partridge, E.Y. 2005, 'Social sustainability: useful theoretical framework?', Conference Papers APSA 2005, Australasian Political Studies Association, ANU Website, pp. 1-15.
http://auspsa.anu.edu.au/proceedings/publications/Partridgepaper.pdf Until recently, the sustainability debate was largely confined to environmental circles, and the social dimensions of sustainability were relatively neglected. This paper considers the concept of social sustainability with a view to assessing a) its value as a theoretical framework with implications for policy and politics, and b) the potential contribution that social and political theorists might make to the field of sustainability by exploring and further developing the concept of social sustainability. Sustainability as a concept is achieving wide purchase in many fields, from business to government through to activist circles. The paper considers the emergence of the sustainability discourse generally, and recent attempts to define the social dimensions of the concept in particular. Social sustainability is the least developed of the oft-cited three dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) and the relative lack of understanding of the social dimension provides an opportunity for social and political theorists to contribute to defining and refining the term. Social and political scientists are now beginning to explore the relevance and potential for theories of sustainability in their fields, particularly if the social dimension can be further developed and promoted. The paper suggests that there is great scope to harness some of the currency and clout of sustainability discourse in order to progress issues of social justice and equity by using it as a tool for framing progressive social policies policies that, in a conservative political climate, may otherwise not be easy to advance.
Partridge, E.Y. 2005, 'Introduction - theory, definitions and challenges: what is this thing called social sustainability and what does it mean for the development industry?'.
Partridge, E.Y. 2005, 'Social sustainability and public housing'.

Journal articles

Prior, J.H., Partridge, E. & Plant, R. 2014, ''We get the most information from the sources we trust least': residents' perceptions of risk communication on industrial contamination', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 346-358.
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Partridge, E.Y. 2013, 'Caught in the same frame? The language of evidence-based policy in debates about the Australian Government 'Intervention' into Northern Territory Aboriginal communities', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 399-415.
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This article examines ongoing contestation surrounding the policies of the Federal government's `Intervention in Indigenous communities in Australia's Northern Territory. It highlights how the paradigm of `evidence-based policy has been used by both the government and its critics, suggesting this commonality of language is worthy of reflection. Cautioning against an over-reliance on the rationalist framework of `evidence-based policy, it draws on literature that problematizes this idea and insists on the inherently contested and political nature of the relationship between knowledge, evidence and policy-making. It concludes by pointing to alternative strategies for improving Indigenous policy that risk being overlooked by a focus on `evidence-based policy as a prescriptive ideal.
Partridge, E.Y., Maddison, S. & Nicholson, A. 2012, 'Human rights imperatives and the failings of the Stronger Futures consultation process', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 21-43.
In 2011, the Australian federal government embarked on a consultation process intended to advance its policy agenda with regard to Indigenous peoples in the Northern Territory. This article examines the conduct of these consultations. It begins by examining the significance of consultation within human rights discourse, before examining the specific concerns associated with the 2011 consultation. We argue that, from this perspective, the Stronger Futures consultations were seriously inadequate, to the extent that the legitimacy and legality of the Stronger Futures legislative package must be called into question. Further, the article concludes that an inadequate consultation process, such as this, may actually do further damage to the already problematic relationship that exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian government.
Herriman, J. & Partridge, E.Y. 2010, 'Education activities for environment and sustainability: A snapshot of eight New South Wales councils', Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 77-89.
This paper describes in brief the findings of a research project undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. The research was commissioned by and undertaken on behalf of the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW). The aim of the project was to investigate current practices of environmental and sustainability education and engagement within local government in NSW. The research was commissioned by DECCW as the preliminary phase of a larger project that the department is planning to undertake, commencing in 2010.
Partridge, E.Y. 2009, 'Climate change and Indigenous people's human rights', Human Rights Defender, vol. 18, no. 2.
Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y. & Paddon, M. 2008, 'Planning for sustainability in NSW local government', Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
Local councils in the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia are starting to give serious consideration to how they can include 'sustainability' in their planning for the future. There is no statutory requirement to create a sustainability plan and therefore no standard definition of what constitutes such a plan for local government in NSW. The same is true of the term `sustainability', for which there is no standard or legislative definition. However, the NSW state division of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA - a professional organization for council managers) has recently released a `Sustainability Health Check' as a resource to assist councils in assessing their current performance and devising appropriate strategies and action plans for sustainability. In addition, several individual councils have used the opportunity provided by the state governments Urban Sustainability Program to make a first attempt at developing a sustainability plan.
Partridge, E.Y. 2008, 'From ambivalence to activism: young people's environmental views and actions', Youth Studies Australia, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 18-25.
Do young people really take a particular interest in environmental issues, or are they apathetic? This paper considers what young people really think about the environment by drawing together and reviewing attitudinal polling and other research into young people's views. It seeks to challenge simplistic assumptions, and instead acknowledges the inherently complex nature of young people's attitudes to environmental problems.
Partridge, E.Y. 2007, 'Beyond earth hour', EcoGeneration, vol. May/June, no. 40.
An article based on this work was published in the May/June 2007 edition of EcoGeneration, the magazine of the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
Partridge, E.Y. 1997, 'The politics of positionality and the production of meaning: a reading of Hou Leong's "An Australian"', Law Text Culture, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 26-32.

Reports

Paddon, M., Partridge, E.Y., Sharpe, S.A., Moore, D.D. & Ross, K.E. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, The economic, social and environmental implications of population growth in Australian cities, pp. 1-88, Sydney, Australia.
Sharpe, S.A., Ross, K.E., Moore, D.D., Partridge, E.Y. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Melton, VIC, pp. 1-64, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D., Ross, K.E. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Palmerston, NT, pp. 1-72, Sydney, Australia.
Sharpe, S.A., Partridge, E.Y., Paddon, M., Moore, D.D. & Lederwasch, A.J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Blacktown, NSW, pp. 1-51, Sydney, Australia.
Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D., Sharpe, S.A. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Mandurah, WA, pp. 1-65, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Kingborough, Tasmania, pp. 1-61, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Moore, D.D. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Townsville, QLD, pp. 1-57, Sydney, Australia.
Herriman, J., Sharpe, S.A., Moore, D.D., Ross, K.E., Partridge, E.Y. & Paddon, M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, Research into the Economic, Social and Environmental Implications of Population Growth in Australian Cities: Case Study - Playford, SA, pp. 1-56, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, How well is Wakakirri meeting its objectives?, Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y., Chong, J., Herriman, J., Daly, J.G. & Lederwasch, A.J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, City of Sydney indicator framework, Sydney, Australia.
Prior, J.H. & Partridge, E.Y. Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment 2010, The Australian experience: A comparative analysis of the effects of contamination and its remediation on individuals and communities at two Australian sites (CRC CARE Technical Report no.17), pp. 1-108, Adelaide, Australia.
The Australian experience: A comparitive analysis of the effects of contamination and its remidiation on individuals and communities at two Australian sites (CRC CARE Technical Report no.17)
Riedy, C., Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y., Dovey, C., McGee, C.M., Atherton, A.M. & Daly, J.G. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2010, Household behaviour change in Queensland: Literature review and recommendations, pp. 1-186, Sydney.
Effective behaviour change by householders will be crucial if the Queensland government is to meet its Towards Q2 target to cut the State's carbon footprint by one third through reductions in electricity use, fuel consumption and waste to landfill. The Institute was commissioned to conduct research into the potential of behaviour change policies by the Premier's Council on Climate Change (PCCC). This advisory council, chaired by the Premier, provides high-level advice to the Queensland Government on climate change response. After examining contemporary theory and practice relating to effective behaviour change policy, Institute researchers made specific recommendations for behaviour change initiatives that can be implemented in Queensland. The report identifies key points of intervention in the activities that generate household greenhouse gas emissions. These include both new and revised actions that are supported by evidence from behaviour change theory and are applicable to Queensland. The PCCC prepared a working paper including recommendations based on the Institute's research, which is currently with the Queensland government for consideration.
Partridge, E.Y. & West, S. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2010, Community indicator framework (Stage 1: conceptual approach and framework development), Sydney, Australia.
Partridge, E.Y. & Atherton, A.M. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2008, What do UTS students think about climate change? survey results, pp. 1-12, Sydney.
Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2007, Active Transport for Childcare Centres: A Case Study and Resource for Councils, pp. 1-13, Sydney.
The project is presented as a case study, and accompanied by a series of resources and references that may be of interest to other Councils considering interventions in this area. The case study project, Active transport for parents and children at Council preschools and childcare centres, was funded from the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA) Healthy Local Government Grants Program. The 3 Sydney Councils involved, namely Waverley, Marrickville and Sutherland Shire, agreed to work with their Council childcare centres on the issue of active transport, as a means of promoting both environmentally sustainable transport and better health in their communities. This report is aimed at the local government sector, particularly Councils seeking ways to support active transport as a means of promoting positive environmental and health outcomes in their communities. The focus of the case study project was on parents and children who use Council childcare centres and preschools, and the resource will be particularly useful in that context. However, the report is also of wider relevance with respect to the issue of active transport in the local government sector more generally. Aims & rationale The project sought to explore and understand the reasons for current travel behaviour to and from Council preschools and childcare centres and the barriers to active transport. The Councils aimed to use this research to inform the development of interventions designed to increase the use of active transport. The project also aimed to build or strengthen partnerships between Council staff and childcare centre staff. This partnership approach intended to make use of Council resources to support interventions in the Centres and also to enable local active transport issues to be addressed in plans and strategies at the LGA level.
Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2007, Food waste trial: Results of resident feedback workshop, pp. 1-23, Sydney.
Woollahra Municipal Council began a food waste collection trial in September 2006 with approximately 2,400 households in the LGA. During the trial, participating households were able to place all kinds of food waste into their garden waste bin (with their normal garden waste). To assist them to do this, Council provided all households in the trial area with a kitchen tidy bin in which they could collect food scraps. Workshop structure After four months of the trial, residents were invited to attend a workshop to provide their feedback on the trial. The workshop was facilitated by Emma Partridge of ISF, and was held on the evening of Wednesday 14 February, at the Gunyah (Vaucluse Scout Hall), Watsons Bay. The workshop ran for one hour and was attended by thirty-eight (38) local residents who had participated in the trial. The main component of the workshop was a facilitated group discussion about the trial. Participants were invited to make comments about the trial, and these were recorded on butcher's paper. Participants were assured that Emma Partridge would compile their comments into a report to be provided to Woollahra Council. The facilitator structured the discussion by using a series of trigger questions to ensure coverage of all aspects of the trial, and to draw out detailed comment on a number of specific issues. This discussion session elicited numerous constructive comments and questions from participants, which were all recorded. Following the discussion, Emma Partridge gave a short PowerPoint presentation to the group, outlining the results of the residents survey that had been conducted by Council approximately one month prior. The PowerPoint presentation is at Appendix A. The comments made and questions asked by the residents at this feedback workshop have been collated and are summarised in this report. Actual quotes from residents are in italics, and other comments have been summarised or paraphrased.
Partridge, E.Y. & McGee, C.M. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2007, Customer survey feedback from demand management and planning project investigations, pp. 1-56, Sydney.
This is the report of a research project undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), at the University of Technology, Sydney, on behalf of the Demand Management and Planning Project (DMPP) at the NSW Department of Planning. The Institute was engaged to undertake the study as a follow-up to a series of building energy audits conducted by the DMPP. The DMPP intends to use the results to inform future energy efficiency and peak demand reduction strategies. The project consists of a customer survey and a complementary literature review. The survey explores the responses of DMPP customers to the audit reports and their general views about energy efficiency issues. The purpose of the survey was to find out what energy efficiency opportunities have been taken up by organisations and to explore any barriers to take-up. The review of key recent international and Australian research and policy literature on energy efficiency in buildings was included to allow a comparison of the survey results with previous findings in the field. The Institute developed an online survey that was sent to 353 DMPP energy audit customers. A total of 79 completed surveys were received, representing a response rate of 22 per cent.
Partridge, E.Y. & McGee, C.M. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2007, Opportunities to improve energy efficiency in buildings: An energy audit customer survey and literature review, Sydney.
Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2007, Strategies to engage people in activism and advocacy: Research report, Sydney.
Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y., Lewis, J. & Brown, S. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2007, Group influences on pro-environmental behaviour, pp. 1-142, Sydney.
Paddon, M., Carrard, N.R., Herriman, J., Partridge, E.Y. & Willetts, J.R. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS and Organizational Capacity Development (OCD) 2007, Developing City Development Strategies (CDS) for Vietnamese cities: a guide to assist city leaders, pp. 1-138, Sydney, Australia.
This Guide explains a methodology to develop City Development Strategies (CDS). It has been developed to assist city leaders in Viet Nam along with the other relevant stakeholders develop a CDS for their city.
Edgerton, N. & Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2006, The economic value of Community Legal Centres, pp. 1-24, Sydney.
CLCs provide a range of legal services to individuals and their communities. These services include legal representation in courts, tribunals and other dispute resolution venues, as well as preventative services provided in the form of advice, information and referral services, community legal education, law reform and policy reform work. Work by CLCs provides clear private benefits to individuals. The clients of CLCs are most likely to be people who live in disadvantaged circumstances and have legal problems that are typically part of a number of interlinked problems. CLCs play a crucial role in untangling these legal problems and assisting individuals to move on without being penalised by their inability to access other forms of legal assistance. What is less well recognised are the broader public benefits provided to society as a result of the work of CLCs. Such recognition is critical to identifying the total economic value generated by CLCs services. Much of the work of CLCs is preventative in that it reduces the need or extent to which individuals are (or could be) involved with the legal system. CLC work therefore produces invisible benefits including how an individual accesses the publicly funded legal system and welfare services, and how that individual is able to contribute to society in the future. These indirect effects generate avoided costs, in other words costs for which government would have been liable but for the intervention of CLCs. In addition to these avoided costs, other benefits include the intrinsic benefit to society of providing a certain level of social service, welfare, assistance, protection or information to vulnerable citizens. The costing of such benefits is difficult for many reasons but this Report illustrates the need for such costs and benefits to be considered.
McGee, C.M., Partridge, E.Y. & Lewis, J. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2006, Perceptions of sustainable housing, pp. 1-90, Sydney.
This project is an investigation of perceptions of sustainable housing among consumers and the building industry in QLD. Knowledge, attitude and perception are common barriers to sustainability in many contexts, and the identification of such barriers is key to designing effective interventions. The research separately analyses consumer and industry perceptions of sustainable housing and examines the interrelationship between them. It also examines the underlying drivers in housing choice and delivery that shape each group's perceptions. The aim of the project is to use the knowledge gained about industry and consumer perceptions to develop a range of policy options that respond to the key drivers, motivators and barriers. This approach helps to identify what the focus of policy in this area should be, by indicating where the greatest resistance to the uptake of sustainable housing exists as well as where the potential positive leverage points are. The project consists of two main components; a research element, using primary and secondary research to investigate building industry and consumer perceptions of sustainable housing; and a policy development element, using the findings of the research to inform the development and analysis of a series of policy options. The research component of this work consists of three parts. First, a literature review provides an analysis of existing research. The second element is a series of telephone and face to face interviews with key stakeholders. The third element, another piece of primary research, consists of two surveys conducted with visitors to the HIA Home & Building Expo 2006. As the outcome of the project, this report is designed to assist QLD EPA to further refine and develop a series of effective, appropriate and evidence based initiatives and measures to support the effective implementation of sustainable housing principles and practices in Queensland.
Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2006, Travel to childcare: A study of parents' and children's travel to four Sydney childcare centres, Sydney.
McGee, C.M. & Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2006, Consumer and industry perceptions of sustainable housing, Sydney.
Riedy, C. & Partridge, E.Y. Transgrid 2006, Study of factors influencing electricity used in Newington, pp. 1-114, Sydney, Australia.
Study of factors influencing electricity used in Newington
Riedy, C. & Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2005, NSW water pricing guidelines and country town communities, Sydney.
Partridge, E.Y., Phadtare, I. & Edgerton, N. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2005, Woollahra Sustainability Plan, pp. 1-106, Sydney.
Woollahra Municipal Council (WMC) is currently undertaking a process to develop the Woollahra Sustainability Plan (WSP). The purpose of the WSP is to provide a long-term and integrated approach to planning for a sustainable community in the Woollahra local government area. The WSP will identify a long-term community derived vision with associated actions to achieve more sustainable practices in Council's function areas and activities, in addition to enabling planning of a more sustainability-focused community. The vision and actions in the WSP will embody the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD). The WSP development process is being undertaken in three stages. The first is a background stage consisting of audit and gap analysis activities, the second (the subject of this report) is a community visioning and issues stage, and the third will consist of the development of an action plan. The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) was engaged to undertake visioning and issues consultation for Stage 2. Objectives for Stage 2 include the following: to inform and involve the community in the preparation of the WSP to build strong partnerships between Council and the community to identify a community derived, long term vision for the future of Woollahra to identify sustainability related issues for Council to address in its Sustainability Plan, including social, economic and environmental issues to involve a range of people in the project including the youth, children, seniors and families and to employ a range of consultation methods and techniques to engage the community and gain the necessary community input and participation in the project.
McGee, C.M. & Partridge, E.Y. Institute for Sustainable Futures 2005, Technical resources on sustainable mixed-use development: A framework for next steps, Sydney.