The foundation for all the Centre's research is a human rights framework, and a key aspect of our work is a method of reciprocal research. Reciprocal research enables work with vulnerable populations in a way that is empowering and not exploitative, and moves from the notion of ‘harm minimisation' as the ethical base of research to notions of reciprocal benefit and partnership.
Current research projects include
- Reciprocal Resarch: The participatory action research methodology used in Centre research projects. It is a method developed for use with community groups, and was strongly informed by input from refugee women from community based organisations.
- Refugee Women at Risk: protection and integration in Australia: An evaluation of the resettlement experiences of Women at Risk in Australia
- AMES Community Guides research: An evaluation of the impact and value of a refugee settlement support program initiated by Australian Multicultural Educational Services in Melbourne, Australia.
- Refugee Community Development Program (RCDP): The RCDP is about refugees working for refugees and is focusing on education, livelihood, social support and women’s safety. The RCDP was set up after community consultation held in South Delhi with refugees from the Somali and Afghan communities.
- Project RESPECT: DIAC, Displaced Persons Program funded project taking place in Kenya. This project is being undertaken in partnership with NSW STARTTS and SOMSTARTTS, the Somalia Service For the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors.
- ACCES Services Inc Logan Queensland: A collaboration between CRR and ACCES staff and clients.
- HARDA research: A Research project examining the resettlement experience of refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa, their contributions to Australian Society and the challenges they face. The final report is now available for download. (PDF)
- CRR student internships, which enable CRR, in partnership with community-based refugee organisations, to offer training programs to displaced communities in international locations.