Global Challenges Program

Walker_MiniMcKinnon Walker Fellowship Program

It is with great pleasure the Global Challenges Program launches the inaugural 2017 McKinnon Walker Fellowship Program.

We are delighted to be hosting four international scholars at UOW for a period of two to four weeks during November and December, 2017.  During their time on campus, the four fellows will collaborate with UOW researchers, specifically on research projects that help address our global challenges.  

This fellowship is made possible by the McKinnon Walker Trust.  Former UOW Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO and Ms Suzanne Walker, a UOW alumnus, have made a life-long commitment to the importance of investing in bright ideas, cultivating innovation and supporting excellence through a personal philanthropic gift of $1.3 million to the University of Wollongong. The Trust generates an annual income to support the McKinnon Walker Grants that are allocated annually at the full discretion of the Vice-Chancellor. 

The McKinnon Walker Fellowship aims to grow a supportive, applied research community to address real-world challenges in novel and unique ways.

It will help build global interdisciplinary research partnerships that yield impactful, research outcomes that can ultimately transform lives and regions.

The inaugural fellowship will coincide with a two-day international conference on the theme of Transforming Vulnerability held on campus on 30 November - 1 December, 2017. The fellows taking part in the inaugural McKinnon Walker Fellowship program will be speakers at this event. We are pleased to announce that Professor Yoshitaka Iwasaki is one of the inaugural fellows and will be giving the keynote.

Yoshitaka Iwasaki is Professor and Associate Dean, Research at the University of Alberta.  He is a leader and expert in community and participatory-based research that specifically looks at building resilience and knowledge sharing. His areas of specialisation include diversity, community engagement, inclusion, meaning-making and active living for marginalised people and communities. His research speaks directly to Global Challenges' Living Well Longer theme and to the research our program is conducting around mental health and ageing in Australia.

"The core goal of the trust is to foster widespread commitment to innovation and be a particular avenue of support for excellence,” McKinnon said. 

Meet the Inaugural McKinnon Walker Fellows 

Yoshitaka Iwasaki

Prof Yoshitaka Iwasaki

Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta

Prof Yoshitaka Iwasaki Profile

Prof Nicola Ansell 150 by 200Prof Nicola Ansell 

Professor in Human Geography
Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
Welfare, Health & Wellbeing
Brunel University London
United Kingdom

Prof Nicola Ansell Profile

Prof Peter Bridgewater 150 by 200Prof Peter Bridgewater

Adjunct Professor
Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis
University of Canberra

Prof Peter Bridgewater Profile

Dr Allan Rennie 150 by 200Dr Allan Rennie

Senior Lecturer and Director of Lancaster Product Development Unit
Faculty of Science & Technology
Lancaster University

Dr Allan Rennie Profile


Transforming Lives
and Regions

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Living Well, Longer


Manufacturing Innovation


Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones

Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones