Un-neighbourliness: The nature, causes and outcomes of neighbour problems (2015–2017)
Neighbourliness ¿ ie. positive relations between neighbours ¿ brings significant social benefits that are well
known. Yet neighbours can also be a major source of nuisance, conflict and stress. Very little is known about
the negative side of neighbouring and no research has been conducted on its nature, causes and outcomes.
In the first ever study, this project examines un-neighbourliness as an empirical and sociological problem in
four suburban contexts. It is significant in that it will identify the factors that undermine neighbourliness and
inform policies to address them; assist relevant agencies in better managing neighbour problems; and
advance understanding about good - and bad - neighbouring in contemporary suburban life.