There is help available for young refugees who find themselves homeless in Australia, if only they can find it.
Young refugees are at high risk of being homeless in Australia. A five-year study has found re-establishing connections with their communities was the pathway out of homeless for most of them.
Children feel lonelier and spend less time outside than ever before. New research is showing how reconnecting children with the community can help.
Infecting the City – a performance arts festival in Cape Town.
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From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people.
When neighbourhoods lose their corner stores, they also lose a place where people meet and feel like part of their local community.
As neighbourhoods lost their milk bars, they also lost a daily point of connection for locals. But all is not lost. In some areas, the humble corner store is making a comeback.
Stop and search and other police tactics cannot address the complicated social problems that are linked to knife crime.
New housing estates on the city fringes might be soulless, cookie-cutter developments, but communities can invest them with layers of meaning that create a sense of place.
A sense of place matters for people and communities. When a suburb is created from scratch, close attention needs to be paid to the cues from the landscape and meanings people attach to the area.
Brexit has pushed many activists onto the streets.
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Interviews with Leave and Remain supporters shows a common desire to preserve community and frustration with the self-interest of some politicians.
One in 10 shops in the UK lies empty. These buildings could be put to good "meanwhile" use to benefit and sustain communities.
The independent owner-operated businesses that bring life to run-down neighbourhoods often have a hipster ethos.
It's easy to scorn the gentrifying hipster stereotype, but many inner-city neighbourhoods benefit from the distinctive mix of businesses and activities they pursue. So why should the suburbs miss out?
Though agriculture is a necessity, we rarely take time to understand the realities of the farming industry and the farmers who toil on the land.
Changing demographics in small-scale farming have had a severe impact and affect farmer motivation, especially among youth
Loneliness has become a global epidemic, and urban design can be either part of the problem or the solution.
Melbourne School of Design
The cities we build in turn shape our society. So when so many of us feel lonely, we should aim to apply what we know about the social impacts of design to help people connect with each other.
The community environment clearly has a large influence on child development, but exactly which factors are most important?
Research has started to identify the key factors in creating communities that promote good early childhood development.
Trusting our instincts is vital for better mental health.
People intuitively know what is best for their mental health. A new approach suggests enforcing this belief like regular exercise.
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Research has shown that large social platforms like Facebook can reinforce problematic social hierarchies and prejudices around gender, sexuality and race.
An attitude of gratitude may relieve stress, which in turn may lead to better health.
Most parents try to teach their children to feel grateful. Now, some therapists and doctors are encouraging people to focus on gratitude, as studies show that gratitude can be good for health.
What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
A retail street in Facebook’s proposed Willow Campus.
Facebook will build a village with housing and amenities in Silicon Valley, a new version of old, unsuccessful ideas of company towns and utopian communities. Will Facebook's town face the same fate?
Running (or walking) with others is good for health and social connections. But you don't have to aim for marathons.
Third places are most effective when, like Waverley Community Garden in Sydney, they appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Third places are shared spaces where people can informally socialise. As a potential antidote to the modern scourge of loneliness, it's worth asking what makes the best of these places tick.
Both young and old can feel like they don't belong. But loneliness is a social problem, with a social solution.