Breaking down boundaries - a regional approach to community and organisational collaboration using GIS: an education perspective

Delaforce, Wayne H., Adkins, Barbara A., Buckley, Judith A., & Rich, Bruce R. (2005) Breaking down boundaries - a regional approach to community and organisational collaboration using GIS: an education perspective. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 11(3), pp. 337-350.


The requirement for Australian universities to engage with their communities is emphasised in policy at Federal, State levels and is embedded in planning in individual universities. However, little is known about the mechanisms that foster this engagement. This paper explores the application of an information tool that assists in developing and maintaining these relationships. Our use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has facilitated the development of a database and on going collection of socio-economic data to act as a knowledge resource for local community and regional education initiatives. The mechanisms of engagement turn on the capacities of GIS technology to provide visual thematic representation that enables collective understanding of socio-demographic patterns salient to local community development issues. We argue that this collective access provides for the weakening of traditionally strong classifications (Bernstein, 2000) between the university and its constituents, spanning boundaries that exist at both knowledge and organisational levels. We further contend that this weakening of boundaries assists in stimulating dialogue and significantly aids effective evaluation and informed decision-making.

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ID Code: 7170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: University Regional Engagement
ISSN: 1324-0935
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Incorporated
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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