Young and Resilient Living Lab

Project Overview

A group of young people sitting at a table with books.The next 25 years will bring rapid and significant global technological, economic and social change to Greater Western Sydney (GWS), the fastest-growing, most diverse community in Australia. Its 350,000 young people will face many housing, work, and community challenges. To secure our future, we need to ensure that our young people are equipped with the skills, confidence, and resilience to adapt and respond to challenges, and thrive in changing circumstances. To do this, we need holistic approaches that build resilience and wellbeing through protective factors such as education, employment and civic engagement, as well as through direct mental health and wellbeing interventions where required.

The Young and Resilient Living Lab will research and develop innovative, evidence-based products, services, and solutions that enhance young people's resilience, wellbeing, entrepreneurship and economic participation. We believe cooperative, sustainable solutions will be the key to our success. Built around an ongoing collaboration involving young people, adults, groups, and communities across GWS and the broader Sydney region, the Lab project involves a series of intergenerational, multi-stakeholder workshops centred around exploring and collaboratively creating:

1. a Living Lab research agenda

2. a co-research and co-design toolkit

3. a network of Lab participants positioned to take forward the exciting ideas that emerge.

Ultimately, the Lab will seek to conduct research and development that fosters innovation and produces tangible outputs, and provide a physical, virtual, and mobile infrastructure to bring young people together with community, industry, and experts on a flexible and ongoing basis to co-create new and potentially commercialisable products, programs, and policies that significantly boost engagement, wellbeing, resilience, and entrepreneurship by harnessing the potential of technology. The Lab will aim to integrate research with incubation, design and start-up processes, developing and showcasing an innovation model that could be adapted across contexts, industries or issues.

Pilot Project Funding

Western Sydney University, Google (Australia)

Research Team

  • Associate Professor Amanda Third, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Dr Philippa Collin, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Dr Liam Magee, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Dr Peter Bansel, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
  • Ms Delphine Bellerose, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Dr Michelle Catanzaro, School of Humanities and Communication Arts 
  • Dr Louise Crabtree, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Dr Milissa Deitz, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
  • Dr Nida Denson, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
  • Dr Girish Lala, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Ms Lilly Moody, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Dr Tanya Notley, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
  • Dr Katrina Sandbach, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
  • Dr Teresa Swist, Institute for Culture and Society
  • Ms Samantha Yorke, Google Australia

Contact

Associate Professor Amanda Third: a.third@westernsydney.edu.au

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