Development of a collaborative design-focused research approach for Interagency Cooperation addressing youth anti-social behaviour in rail environs
Computing, Health and Science
Psychology and Social Science, Social Justice Research Centre
This paper reports the development, trialling and evaluation of a design-focused research method for collaborative design of interagency strategies and cooperative interactions to reduce anti-social behaviour by young people in rail environs. Youth anti-social behaviour in publicly accessible spaces such as train stations, parks, streets and retail environments has proven difficult to address via 'simple' single agency approaches. Most anti-social behaviour is not criminal. It can, however, have adverse impact on other potential users of the same: spaces. To some constituencies with pecuniary interests, youth anti-social behaviour can have significant adverse financial impacts on their operations. In retail environments, for example, youth anti-social behaviour discourages shoppers from fully engaging in the planned shopping 'experience', with reductions in retail income; in public transport environments, it discourages travellers form using public transport. This results in a reduction on the public return on investment from public transport expansion programs, and an increase in cost associated with, e.g. pressure to provide increased resources for private transport infrastructure.