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 Executive 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 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 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.
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.
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.
The aim of this project is to explore the mix of local and introduced practices that support the development of emerging sustainable ecovillage economies.
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 looks at developing strategies to help improve the engagement and wellbeing of medical and nursing staff in at-risk units in Illawarra public hospitals.