Young and Resilient Strategic Initiative


Research shows that the drivers of resilience are complex and thus require holistic, socio-ecological responses. Underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches, the Y&R research agenda brings social and cultural research processes and insights into dialogue with the digital humanities, health sciences, computing, software and platform development, psychology, business, law and innovation science.

While our research targets young people, we take an intergenerational approach to strengthening individual and community resilience.

Our research embeds youth-centred, participatory co-research and co-design to ensure the translation of findings into policy and practice outcomes that benefit young people. Find out more...


Congratulations to Emeritus Professor David Rowe who has been named top researcher in the field of Communication in The Australian's 2019 Research Magazine. Western Sydney University has been named top institution in Sociology. Research analytics firm League of Scholars analysed data from Google Scholar to identify leaders in 258 fields of scholarship based on both volume of research produced and its quality.
Affordable housing is a critical problem for Australia’s biggest housing markets. Five Australian cities are in the top 25 with “severely unaffordable” housing in a 2019 Demographia survey of 91 major metropolitan markets. Sydney was ranked the third least affordable of the 91.
A recent report by the Greater Sydney Commission singles out urban heat as one of four priority areas given our coming climate. It identifies tree canopy as the top response for reducing city temperatures and delivering amenity. However, the public conversation about urban heat often misses the complex relationship between trees, people and the built environment, which challenges this response.
On one unremarkable day in April this year, just over a third of news stories were about issues likely to impact young people, such as policies to address climate change, school teacher training, the impact of automation on future employment and proposed social media regulation.


The aim of this series is to introduce HDR students to key theorists and concepts of central importance to sociocultural thought. The next lecture is 'Postcolonialism', by Associate Professor Alana Lentin.
Audience at the Mapping the Humanities event.
'Personal Logistics: Affect, Aesthetics, Apps' will be presented by Professor Susan Zieger from the University of California. The discussant will be Professor Ned Rossiter.
University of Oregon’s Mark Carey explores the fundamental role of glacial ice in global economics and politics, and within imaginative, historical and colonial narratives in 'The culture and politics of ice'.
A two-day workshop exploring how habits are shaped by urban governance, milieus and material forms. The workshop will be held from 6-7 November at Western Sydney University, Parramatta City Campus.