Transforming 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.
Professor Chris Gibson (pictured right) and the Global Challenges team are currently working with Researchers and Stakeholders on the following projects.
The development of an afterschool cultural and activity program for Aboriginal children living in the Shoalhaven.
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.
The aim of this project is to explore the mix of local and introduced practices that support the development of emerging sustainable ecovillage economies.
This project uses gamified physical activity and motor skill development for pre-school families using smartphones.
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 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 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.
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 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.
The project aims to better appreciate current early childhood, primary and high school visual arts pedagogy in Bhutan in order to support pedagogical transformation for teachers and pre-service teachers.
This project examines how locative data applications with ludic aspects affects users’ experiences and engagements with urban, built and ‘natural’ landscapes.
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 explores how external and/or modified pearls that are potentially being brought into the Australian market and represented as true ‘Australian South Sea’ pearls undermine the reputation of the pearling industry in Broome, and how it affects Broome’s social and economic position.