Transforming Lives and Regions
About this Challenge
How do we transform lives and regions?
Transformations are taking place across the globe, impacting on the way we live and how we interact with the world around us.
We live in an uncertain world, a world of climate change, of social transformation, of rapid economic change. Most cities and regions have inherited their physical infrastructure, their local population, their skills base and their culture. But in order to survive in this changing world, cities and regions must adapt.
The University of Wollongong’s innovative Global Challenges Program is on a mission to understand and tackle these economic, social and cultural challenges by bringing world-class researchers together with government, community organisations and business.
Transforming Lives and Regions is both an overarching theme for the UOW Global Challenges Program and its own distinct challenge, recognising the interconnected nature of regional transformation. Professor Chris Gibson (pictured above) is the Director of Global Challenges and oversees the theme of Transforming Lives and Regions.
Chris and the Global Challenges team are currently engaging with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects.
The development of an afterschool cultural and activity program for Aboriginal children living in the Shoalhaven.
This project is designed to gauge the feasibility and benefits of developing a multi-sensory environment for disability services and community engagement in the Illawarra.
Does a greener neighbourhood promote better health outcomes for pregnant women, young children and retirees living in urban areas?
This research aims to unveil how historical forces come into play in the delivery of today's health care within the prison system.
This project uses gamified physical activity and motor skill development for pre-school families using smartphones.
This project engages with Aboriginal communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to develop an understanding of their long-term social and health needs.
This project focuses on children in vulnerable communities to help grow interest and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using art.
This project looks at the relevance of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for Australia, specifically focussing on human rights, equity, climate change, environment, food security and social justice issues.
This project will encourage affluent households in the Illawarra to think about the steps that can be taken to reduce energy use when heating their homes during winter.
This project examines how locative data applications with ludic aspects affects users’ experiences and engagements with urban, built and ‘natural’ landscapes.
This Global Challenges Project looks at Visible Parenting in the Workplace, the impact of workplace discrimination and strategies to address it.
This project looks at developing strategies to help improve the engagement and wellbeing of medical and nursing staff in at-risk units in Illawarra public hospitals.
This project aims to introduce computer programming to young school students to stimulate their scientific and technological curiosity.
This project analyses the ongoing social and cultural transformations generated by environment disaster with magnitude.
Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) is a new initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change
This project will produce user-friendly software to implement a locally developed algorithm to pre-process hand held mobile camera images for analysis of the retinal vasculature health in children.
The street literacy project will bring adults and children together from different cultural backgrounds to foster community building around literacy and music.
This project looks at drone-based technology to assist individuals living with chronic conditions to be able to self-manage their condition and remain at home.
The University of Wollongong and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have partnered to research strategies around sustainability in the home and office.
Creative Responses to the NBN-Empowered Digital Economy aims to transform the social, environmental and cultural landscape of the Illawarra and Australia through high-speed broadband.
This project aims to develop a dynamic plan for the region's future that takes into account economic drivers, demographics, and infrastructure.
Managing Complexity – A Multidisciplinary Dialogue aims to examine the theory and practical application of complexity in the fields of science, engineering, philosophy, and social science.
This project examines how the NSW SES, which has an annual turnover of volunteers of around 20 per cent, can improve the recruitment and retainment of volunteers.
This project focuses on the ‘wicked’ health issues, such as obesity, smoking, drinking and gambling, facing the Illawarra and many regions throughout Australia.