Projects

The aim of this project is to directly inform priorities and practices in health research and address the challenges of embedding young people’s experiences in health research, policy and service design in the digital society.
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This ethnographic investigation explores the complex relationship between digital and social inclusion, and social infrastructure's role (education facilities, charities, government services) in supporting low-income families' social and economic participation.
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The ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) is a cross-disciplinary, and national research centre, which aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for Australia to develop a vibrant bioeconomy building on the nation’s strengths in agriculture.
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Australia has a persistent shortage of affordable, quality housing. Housing cooperatives are member-based organisations providing rental and owner occupied homes to members. The project outcome will be an evidence base of what works in cooperative housing, which can benefit the country by providing a rationale for growth of and policy support for socially beneficial housing.
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This project aims to examine how modern Western disciplines conceived of habits, and how these conceptions informed the techniques of mundane governance which managed habits.
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This project investigates the challenges, opportunities and implications of outer space as a site of economic, political, environmental and cultural interest for Australia. Combining interviews with key experts, ethnography and creative practice, the project analyses how a range of imaginaries of outer space are produced.
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This project examines the forces changing the production and consumption of contemporary Australian culture. It will assess the influence of transnationalism, the transformations caused by digital media, migration and multiculturalism, and the shifting presence of Indigenous culture, on the relations between culture and nation.
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The ADDEPT project looks to understand how diverse communities use technology in their everyday life. It examines how and when bias and other technology issues impede, frustrate or disadvantage two distinct groups: people with disability, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
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Great claims are made about the potential of mobile phones to deliver formal financial services to farming households. The range of services, including credit, savings, insurance, transfers and cashless payments, is assumed
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The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making. The Centre combines leading researchers from the humanities and social and technological sciences in an international industry, research and civil society network.
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This project examines how new Chinese migrants participate in everyday civic life, the barriers that may prevent participation, and how local civic organisations adapt to their growing presence in five domains of social life: education, culture, sport, religion and community service.
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This is a NSW research project that aims to understand and promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning young people, and to work with services to develop appropriate supports.
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This project aims to advance understandings of how data centres in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney are transforming ways of living and working in the Asia Pacific.
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Building on their knowledge, their relationship to Country and existing skills, this project will provide opportunities for the rangers to enhance their surveying, analytic and reporting capacities, further expanding their toolkit to document, restore, reclaim and enact their stewardship practices.
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This project focuses upon the development and growth of the Fijian fashion industry across national (Suva), regional (Sydney, Auckland) and global (London) sites. It explores this growth in relation to the integration of technology in the processes of design and production, the use of digital and social media to build and expand markets, and capacity building for fashion entrepreneurs.
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The research examines social and civic dimensions such as social bonds, social bridges, social links and rights and responsibilities from the perspectives of refugees.
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This project analyses current practice, drawing on co-designed research activities and products in order to map out possibilities for better engagement. This includes two case studies on cultural burning.
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The project studies the ways that recent migrants experience and interact with existing heritage places in Parramatta and how they generate heritage places and attachments of their own. The research will inform the approach of Heritage NSW (the Linkage partner) to involving migrant communities in heritage management procedures.
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The study is examining Australian young peoples experiences of providing support to each other during tough times. The project is exploring what resources young people who support others have access to and what information and resources young people need for the future.
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The aim of the project is to investigate social and economic innovations with waste in three problematic waste streams: single-use plastics, organics and textiles. This knowledge will be used to extend the current policy debate about the circular economy
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Intergener8 Living Lab is a co-research and design facility that embraces an integrated and intergenerational mode of R&D, training and enterprise focused on developing technology-based products, services and solutions that build the capacity of young people to live well and participate fully in social and economic life.
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We explore the cultural consequences of economic change among people who have traditionally been categorized as ‘urban poor’. We examine how new industries and new consumer practices are changing the cultural lives of urban poor communities. Alongside new opportunities and new lifestyles, we ask whether new social tensions also emerge when large groups of the former poor have become mass consumers.
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This project aims to understand links between recent new public management reforms, particularly in New South Wales, and the operation and capacity of successful urban Aboriginal organisations. The project will include an analysis of case studies from other international jurisdictions (such as New Zealand and Canada).
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There is an urgent need to identify and promote practices that serve to respectfully offer tent residents long-term, safe accommodation options. This project addresses this need. Specifically, it will learn from the success of the Judges Car Park Penrith and Hawkesbury River projects.
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This project explores the future for manufacturing in Australia in the context of sustainability. Concerned with the wider societal and planetary impacts of conducting business-as-usual, some innovative Australian manufacturers are reorienting their business towards social and environmental sustainability.
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The Reimagining KAVHA project explores the role living heritage sites play in resisting or reinforcing cultural injustices faced by colonial subjects. In particular, the project seeks to generate new understandings about Pitcairn Settler descendants’ struggles for recognition and self-determination.
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Through comparative analysis of Asian- and Anglo- Australian families’ approaches to education, this project will develop new ways of analysing education cultures beyond simplistic notions of ‘tiger parenting’ that are pitted against more liberal ‘Western’ approaches.
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This project is focussing on how a better understanding of the role of science in decision-making will help industry articulate and defend decisions to the community, media, inquiries and elsewhere, and, better frame information and advice on how scientists and professionals communicate.
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Focusing on people with disabilities, unemployed and asylum seekers, the research evaluates the benefits and harms such infrastructures produce for those receiving and providing care, and the wider community. It examines risks and opportunities to scale up emerging care infrastructures identified as critical to making ends meet for income support recipients in contemporary cities.
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This scoping study identifies the lessons learnt from decades of development work in Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Takes a place-based approach by recognising the diverse geographic, ecological and socio-cultural contexts across Western Province. Employs a strengths-based approach that builds a wider understanding of local people’s current economic activities and their diverse livelihood assets across broad geographic and cultural contexts.
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This project aims to show how buildings and places created by Chinese migrants in Australia and home places in China testify, beyond the narrative of arrival and settlement, to Australian connections with China and the Chinese diaspora.
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In partnership with the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS), this project examines the complex processes of collaboration and community engagement needed to embed the new Powerhouse museum in the key Western Sydney city of Parramatta.
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Automation threatens economic disruption. The project aims to understand how competition between China and the US to develop automated technologies shapes the future of work. Focusing on warehouses linked to Alibaba and Amazon in Australia, Germany and Malaysia, the project asks how automation changes labour conditions and modifies geopolitical tensions.
This project aims to examine transnational mobility amongst young people and to understand its effects on their economic opportunities, social and familial ties, capacity for citizenship and transitions to adulthood.
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There is growing recognition within Australia that women are acquiring head injuries within episodes of family violence, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Yet, little qualitative research exists around how surviving this experience impacts their lives. This project aims to explore the nature and context of women's lives who are living with the consequences of head injury from family violence and how women rebuild their life and identity after the injury.
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This project aims to influence global cultural policy and governance. Focusing on the global South, it will reveal complex connections between levels of governance, documenting and providing guidance on innovative policy approaches for dealing with major social, economic and development challenges.
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This project is examining how LGBTIQ+ young people in Australia have been using social media platforms during COVID-19. The project examines the social media platforms they have participated on, how their behaviours have changed during the pandemic, and the impact of these technologies on their lives, particularly in relation to their health and wellbeing.
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This project aims to promote awareness of community-based palliative care among consumers and their carers. It involves: identifying the questions, concerns, illusions, misrepresentations, and falsehoods that consumers and carers have about community-based palliative care.
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