ABARES Social Sciences undertakes applied social research and analysis, to support the strategic program and policy goals of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, other government agencies, research and development corporations, and industry bodies.
ABARES social sciences research
ABARES social research capabilities
The team has the following research capabilities:
- qualitative research and analysis
- demographic analysis
- design and facilitate focus groups and workshops
- design, delivery, data capture and statistical analysis of sample surveys
- social network analysis
- application of frameworks for supporting behaviour change, systems thinking, vulnerability and resilience, and understanding social, cultural and institutional dimensions of change
- social impact and structural adjustment assessment
- community engagement theory, processes and practice
- multidisciplinary research
- monitoring and evaluation of programs and policies.
The team contributes specialist advice to sectoral committees (Marine Pest Sectoral Committee) and expert advice and support to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporations’ Human Dimensions Research (HDR) Program Steering Committee 2015-2020 . It also contributes to multi-stakeholder research projects, such as the FMD Ready – Sub-project 2 Farmer-led surveillance.
ABARES social science research is part of ABARES broader research focus on biosecurity.
Key projects in 2018-19
Our key projects and clients in 2018-19 include:
- Monitoring landholder pest and weed management practices (Wave 2) (Biosecurity Policy and Implementation Division, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
- Social Network Analysis of the Australian marine pest system (Animal Biosecurity, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
- Human dimensions of agriculture, fisheries and forestry (ABARES, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
- Seasonal agricultural labour demand and supply (Agricultural Policy, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
- Operationalising general surveillance – what does it take?(ABARES, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
- Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2018 – resilience indicators (National Forest Inventory Steering Committee)