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Glebe community members working in the community garden

Neighbourhood Research Hub

Sharing knowledge and learning
Working in partnership with our neighbourhood to support local individuals and groups to build community capacity, co-design research and utilise its outcomes for the benefit of the community.

We believe Universities should be grounded in their neighbourhood and part of their work be devoted to understanding, explaining and helping solve challenges and needs identified by its community members.

The Neighbourhood Research Hub (NRH) has grown out of the important groundwork of the Glebe Community Development project, which was established in 2004. For almost 20 years The University of Sydney has worked with its neighbourhood to address issues of social concern and develop and implement strategies to improve the quality of life for the community.  The NRH has four aims:

  • support the local First Nations communities
  • work with its neighbourhood to develop community-led and codesigned research activities and projects linked to disadvantage
  • engage in strategic collaboration with stakeholders to develop leadership in the community and effectively advocate for local issues
  • learn from our neighbours and share University resources and knowledge with the University’s community.

An Aboriginal cultural space

The Neighbourhood Research Hub works with the Aboriginal Cultural Space Working Group in its offices at Glebe Town Hall to provide a safe space for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islanders to meet, share stories and develop projects and activities that are a response to the emerging needs of the community. 

Researching disadvantage

Social-housing tenants are invited to work in partnership with The Neighbourhood Research Hub team members to identify community need, develop locally co-designed research, and implement research strategies to identify the source/s (and potential solutions) to the issues being investigated.

These collaborations foster links between University of Sydney departments and the University's neighbours which, in turn, enable shared learning between community and students.

Enabling self-advocacy

The Neighbourhood Research Hub engages in strategic collaboration with community members, University of Sydney departments and schools, the City of Sydney, government and non-government agencies and other stakeholders to develop leadership in the community and effectively advocate for local issues.

This involves supporting local individuals and groups to build capacity; making space for community members to step into leadership roles and supporting the development of advocacy skills and knowledge  in the neighbourhood. 

Sharing resources

Team members and University staff working with The Neighbourhood Research Hub (NRH) provide a conduit for the University to share its knowledge, resources, research data and information with the neighbouring inner-Sydney communities, including providing advice about how to design research projects and apply for funding.

As well, through the relationships developed and nutured by the NRH, the program is linked to teaching units of study to students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, including providing community organisations in its neighbourhood with Social Work students undertaking the placement components of their degrees.

If you would like to know more about community-led research, click on the link below to access a YouTube playlist of presentations given at a symposium hosted by The University of Sydney in 2019.

Below is a recent community-led pro-vaccination video made by Ken Canning and the NRH, as part of Glebe Workers, for the Glebe community.

Published research


Cate Massola

Neighbourhood Research Hub
  • Lodge 1 & 2
    Glebe Town Hall
    160–162 St. Johns Road
    Glebe NSW 2037
    and Rm. 727
    Education Building A35
    University of Sydney NSW 2006