Research shows that the drivers of resilience are complex and thus require holistic, socio-ecological responses. Underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches and youth-centred, participatory methods, the Young and Resilient Research Centre (incorporating the Intergener8 Living Lab) generates evidence-based policy and practice outcomes that leverage the digital to strengthen the resilience of young people and their communities.


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Recently South Australia announced a mobile phone ban in primary schools. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan endorsed the ban, saying: Data shows a correlation between the uptake of mobile phones by young people and a downturn in student performance. Despite the claims, we actually don't have sufficient data to back the policy
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Researchers from the Young and Resilient Research Centre, Western Sydney University, and UNICEF Australia are launching two critical reports – Feeding My Child: How mothers talk about and experience nutrition' and 'Food and Me: How adolescents talk about and experience nutrition' – providing unique insight into adolescents’ and mothers’ nutrition experiences and the rapidly evolving challenges facing families.

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Author: Will Higginbotham.

A new report from Western Sydney University, Plan International, and Child Fund Australia says the Pacific’s emerging connectivity boom brings with it both opportunity and risk, with particular concern for the safety of women and girls online.

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The project deployed a qualitative, participatory research methodology developed by the Y&R Research Centre and presents the findings of creative workshops conducted with: 96 children aged 10-18; 58 parents and carers; and 50 representatives of government departments, local & international NGOs, schools, police, telecommunications companies, religious organisations & community leaders.
This report describes the Living Lab process used in the City of Valenzuela, summarises the key findings of the workshops with children, presents the critical issues and a preliminary list of indicators and reflects on the strengths and limitations of the Living Lab process in promoting better, more inclusive violence prevention and response.
Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age
Young people are being encouraged to actively co-design strategies to address violence. Their voice underpins the development of research and policies.The conceptual framework and design of this project is underpinned by a Living Lab co-research and engagement platform.