The University has a vibrant and dynamic research culture with multidisciplinary research undertaken across a diverse range of sustainability areas including culture, society, health and the environment within a number of centres and institutes. Within, there are disciplines and specialisations but outside the University there are real challenges that cross over these distinctions. Research at Western Sydney is organised into four multidisciplinary research themes. Our research themes speak to the history and culture of the University and its communities, providing a shared vision for their future. These are:
Western Sydney University has appointed seven Research Theme Champions for a period of two years in the following theme areas:
Education and Aspirational Change
Professor Kathryn Holmes, School of Education
Associate Professor Caroline Jones, The MARCS Institute
Associate Professor Juan Salazar, School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Institute for Culture and Society
Associate Professor Jeff Powell, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Professor Caroline Smith, School of Science and Health, NICM
Associate Professor Amanda Third, Institute for Culture and Society
Urban Living and Society
Professor Donald McNeill, Institute for Culture and Society
Sustainability Research Areas and Facilities
Our impact driven research agenda has a focus on innovation, wellbeing and sustainability. Our mission is to produce research that has impact. Australian Research Council (ARC) research success in 2015 is diverse and dynamic. Some of our researchers are examining the:
impact of climate change on rainforests
integration of early childhood literacy and sustainabilit
shifting manufacturing culture in Australia
bushfire-enhanced wind and its effects on buildings
Centre for Educational Research
The Centre for Educational Research focuses on creating sustainable communities and equitable futures through world class research and research training structured around core themes of Sustainability, Equity and Globalisation. Educational curriculum and pedagogies are the linking themes throughout.
The Eucalyptus woodland free-air CO2 enrichment (EucFACE) facility is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and provides unparalleled access for intensive study of canopy and soil processes and native biodiversity in a mature Eucalyptus woodland. EucFACE's infrastructure is located in native Eucalyptus woodland of the Cumberland Plain in the western part of the Sydney basin. EucFACE was established in 2010 following recommendation to the Commonwealth to understand how rising atmospheric CO2 concentration and CO2 fertilisation affects tree canopy processes and soil and ecosystem function in an Australian native woodland. Visit the EucFACE website (opens in a new window) for more information.
Solar Energy Technologies Group
The new Solar Energy Technologies Group (SETG) (opens in a new window) is advancing environmentally clean fuel (solar-hydrogen) and water purification technologies to mitigate climate change.