Western Sydney University’s campuses span Greater Sydney’s metropolitan cities and its outer urban areas. The University’s campuses occupy the traditional lands of the Darug, Tharawal, Gandangarra, Bundjalung and Wiradjuri peoples, and today are thriving living labs for innovation and collaboration through local, national and global research partnerships. While Western’s neighbourhood gives it a unique perspective on the interdependence of natural, urban and agricultural systems, our research extends beyond the region and is oriented to the grand challenges and impacts of global environmental change, including those described in the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Housed at the Institute for Culture and Society, the Sustainable Transitions Engaged Research Hub (SISTER-Hub) is a partnerships platform bringing members from across the Greater Sydney region to work together to co-produce new knowledge for sustainability transitions.

As a platform for sharing research, consultation, methodologies and results, Sister-Hub draws on social-ecological systems thinking and practice to implement novel evidence-based and creative approaches to build capacity across public, private and community industry partners.

Sister-Hub is aligned with Western Sydney University’s Research Theme Champions Initiative and its research focus is on three clusters:

  • Sustainable Urban Transformations and Urban Heat Mitigation
  • Water
  • Food and Waste
  • Planetary Health