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AIC Occasional Seminar Series

The National Security and Preparedness Survey: Understanding how Australians see threat, perceived risk, and prepare for potential disaster in a post 9/11 environment

Dr Suzanna Fay-Ramirez
74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT - FREE EVENT
11:00am-12:00pm 28 October 2014

The post 9/11 era has brought the anti-terrorism debate to domestic policy, and countries like the US, the UK and Australia, all with recent experiences of terrorism, have appealed to citizens to report suspicious behaviour to authorities. The expansion of what is a potential threat to a community is now linked to who we perceive to be a terrorist, how we estimate our own risk of being effected by a terrorism event, and how we respond to government direction to prepare and participate in protecting the nation. The National Security and Preparedness Survey aims to benchmark, for the first time, national attitudes towards risk and preparedness of both man-made and natural disasters, to understand how Australians perceive the effectiveness of post 9/11 national security measures, and gauge what are perceived to be the largest threats to our nation’s security. This seminar will highlight findings that illustrate how, why, and under what conditions Australians prepare for a terrorist event, what they see as a threat and whether they report it, as well as illustrate how risk is formed based on what types of individuals are seen as threatening. These questions are important theoretically and offer important policy implications; they engage in expanding our understanding of how risk and fear lead to actions in a post 9/11 environment, as well as indicate whether messages about identifying and reporting suspicious activity resonate with Australian residents. Future plans for expanding the National Security and Preparedness project will also be discussed.

Dr Suzanna Fay-Ramirez, The University of QLD School of Social Science and Institute for Social Science Research

Suzanna is a lecturer in Criminology at the University Of Queensland School Of Social Science and an affiliate of the UQ Institute of Social science Research. Suzanna completed her PhD at the University of Washington in 2011. Her dissertation looked at the relationship between neighborhood collective efficacy and neighborhood collective behavior, particularly for immigrants. Suzanna’s research interests include neighborhood crime and collective behavior, ecological theories of crime, and juvenile justice practices for youth delinquency and child dependency cases. More specifically, she is currently working on 3 core projects while at UQ. The national survey seeks to benchmark Australian attitudes towards terrorism, national security and overall wellbeing. The Living in Queensland study seeks to track how Queenslanders are preparing for disaster over time. Lastly, she is currently working on a project that seeks to understand how definitions and reports of child abuse and maltreatment vary across Brisbane neighborhoods.

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