Transforming Lives and Regions

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Transforming Lives and Regions

Chris Gibson

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.


Active Projects

Professor Chris Gibson (pictured right) and the Global Challenges team are currently working with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects.

Obesity PreventionStronger culture, healthier lifestyles

The development of an afterschool cultural and activity program for Aboriginal children living in the Shoalhaven.


Micro finance and empowering womenMicrofinance and Women’s Empowerment: Bringing Transformations through Dialogic Accounting

How can accounting contribute to female empowerment? The proposed study seeks to address this question via several challenging research questions by drawing on innovative theoretical and methodological tools.

Sustainable Eco villagesAn investigation in the sustainable economic practices of eco-villages

The aim of this project is to explore the mix of local and introduced practices that support the development of emerging sustainable ecovillage economies.

Gamifying ActivityGamifying Activity

This project uses gamified physical activity and motor skill development for pre-school families using smartphones.


Sustainable Development Goals IconAustralia and the sustainable development goals

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.

Multi-sensory room 180 by 160SMILE: Sensory Made Inclusive Leisure Environment

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. 

Greener Cities Healthier Lives IconGreener Cities Healthier measuring the wider societal benefits

Does a greener neighbourhood promote better health outcomes for pregnant women, young children and retirees living in urban areas?


Caring for the incarcerated 180 by 160Caring for the incarcerated: lessons from the past, policy for the future

This research aims to unveil how historical forces come into play in the delivery of today's health care within the prison system.  

Mapping local indigenous communities iconMapping how local indigenous communities are sustaining their cultural heritage in the Pacific: the case of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand

This project aims to map what activities three indigenous communities, based in Australia', New Caledonia and New Zealand, are engaging in to sustain their cultural heritage despite facing rapid changes.

Caring for Community Caring for Community

This project engages with Aboriginal communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to develop an understanding of their long-term social and health needs.