Social Indicators Research

, Volume 75, Issue 3, pp 335–360 | Cite as

Developing a Model for the Measurement of Social Inclusion and Social Capital in Regional Australia

  • Lou Wilson


This paper reviews the literature on social inclusion and social capital to develop a framework to guide the selection of items and measures for the forthcoming SA Department of Human Services Survey of Social Inclusion to be held in the region of Northern Adelaide in South Australia. Northern Adelaide is a region with areas of high socio-economic disadvantage, characterized by high unemployment and poverty. Survey respondents’ perceptions of social inclusion and social capital in Northern Adelaide will be examined by developing indices, which address the theoretical schema discussed in this paper. Epistemological differences between seminal theorists on social inclusion and social capital suggest the development of a broad suite of indices is required to enable the collection of data of interest to researchers from differing theoretical perspectives. Data collected in the survey will be mapped using Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies against locations within Northern Adelaide and in relation to existing Australian Bureau of Statistics, Commonwealth and State Government databases on age, gender, relative socio-economic disadvantage and other variables.


Australia GIS indices poverty region social capital social exclusion social inclusion survey theoretical framework 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Labour ResearchUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideSouth Australia

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