Why study social cohesion? with Andrew Markus AO

Voices of Australia

Sep 15 2022 • 51 mins

Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus AO joins hosts, Anthea Hancocks and Lydia Tesema for the second episode of the Voices of Australia Podcast.

Professor Markus takes us through an overview of what 15 years of measuring social cohesion has taught us about Australia.

Andrew Markus AO Biography:

Andrew Markus, is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University’s School of International, Historical and Philosophical Studies. His research specialisation is in the field of racial and ethnic relations, ethnic communities, and immigration policy. Since 2007, Professor Markus has been the author of this globally recognised, ground-breaking analysis of Australians' perceptions of migration, multiculturalism, trust in government and indicators of social cohesion. The exceptional work is the only ongoing study of its kind in the world, charting the Australian population’s views every year. This study has received national and international recognition for this ground breaking research. Markus authored the unparalleled Australia@2015 project. This landmark research initiative included a survey in 20 languages, completed by more than 10,000 respondents, and more than fifty focus groups conducted in four states. More recently, Professor Markus designed and implemented the inaugural Australian Cohesion Index.

His first survey of Australian attitudes towards immigrants was conducted in south-east Melbourne in the 1990s. He has led two national surveys on attitudes within the Jewish community. Since 2004 he has been a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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