The Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change engages in research that seeks to provide an evidence base to guide the transformation of legal and social systems.
Evidence-based findings inform the continuous improvement of structures, processes, practices and general conditions within stakeholder industries and the communities that they serve. All research activities are guided by industry and community need and seek to promote justice, community well-being and sustainable social change.
Engagement and the notion of mutual benefit are critical components of all research initiatives. Research outcomes do not only serve academic imperatives; they ensure that the needs of industry and relevant communities are acknowledged, understood and addressed. To achieve this end, Centre staff work collaboratively with a range of professionals and community stakeholders who inform the development of research initiatives.
The existing relationship with WA Police serves as an example. Given the mutual benefits associated with this ongoing research relationship, the WA Police Research Unit has now been co-located within the Sellenger Centre on ECU's campus. Centre staff are working in collaboration with WA Police on large-scale research projects that inform operational policing. Example research projects include:
Dr Pamela Henry.