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Creative Production Synergies in Penrith and the Blue Mountains

Cecelia Cmielewski, Phillip Mar, Ien Ang, David Rowe & Deborah Stevenson
This project was commissioned by Penrith City Council and conducted by a research team from Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). Penrith City Council and Blue Mountains City Council in collaboration with Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise contributed resources for the project. Regional leadership in arts and cultural production is evident in Penrith and the Blue Mountains through the different yet complementary approaches of the City Councils. A strategic alliance between Penrith and...

Developing LGBT+ Inclusive Supporter Groups in the Big Bash League

Ryan Storr, Jorge Knijnik, Keith D. Parry, Anneke Collison & Emma Staples

Benchmarking Summer Heat Across Penrith, New South Wales

Sebastian Pfautsch, Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause & Susanna Rouillard
This report documents variation of summer temperatures across the Local Government Area of Penrith in Western Sydney. Between 14 December 2019 and 31 March 2020, more than 1.4 million measurements of air temperatures were collected using 120 data loggers. The network of data loggers covered the entire Local Government Area from Emu Plains in the west to St Marys in the east and Agnes Banks in the north to Badgerys Creek in the south. Analyses...

Migration and the Gender Impacts of COVID-19 on Nepalese Women: Global Development Working Paper 1

Patrick Kilby & Joyce Wu
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives globally: while most attention has been on the various challenges faced by each country, there are also the people ‘stranded’ overseas with little if any support in getting home. The stranded people can be tourists, visiting families, students, or they are migrant workers whose remittances bolster the household and home country’s national GDP. It is these migrants that are often overlooked in COVID-19 responses. In particular, the women who...

Dalarinji – 'Your Story': Preliminary Report to Community

Karen Soldatic, Linda Briskman, Ben Lawson, John Leha, William Trewlynn & Kim Spurway
This report provides the preliminary findings drawing upon indepth qualitative interviews with young Indigenous LGBTIQA+ people (14 - 25 years) and their experiences of growing up Queer across NSW and the eastern seaboard. Over a period of 12 months (September 2019 - September 2020) 16 young Indigenous people who self-identified as LGBTIQA+ were interviewed across four primary areas including: What it means to be young, Indigenous, LGBTIQA+ for their emotional and social wellbeing;how they navigated...

Food and Me. How Adolescents Experience Nutrition Across the World. A Companion Report to The State of the World's Children 2019

Catharine Fleming, Juliano Diniz De Oliveira, Kaitlyn Hockey, Girish Lala, Virginia Schmied, Georgina Theakstone & Amanda Third
Adolescence is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the period between ages 10 and 19. It can be seen as one of the ‘healthiest’ times of life, sitting between early life mortality and chronic disease in adulthood. However, this is also a time of great physical, emotional and social change, with rapid biological growth requiring additional nutrition. As the State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, Food and Nutrition reported, malnutrition, in the...

Understanding Varied Attitudes Towards Muslims

Kevin Dunn, Rachel Sharples, Thierno M. O. Diallo, Alexia Derbas, Matteo Vergani, Craig McGarty, Fethi Mansouri, Yin Paradies & Amanuel Elias
The focus of this research was to determine the prevalence and type of Islamophobia in the Victorian population. Islamophobia sentiment feeds the actions of right-wing extremist attacks on Muslim communities. But it has also become widespread in Australian society, and normalised in everyday settings, such as our mainstream media. Islamophobia cannot be treated with a singular approach or mode of intervention. Our study comes at a critical time; it provides empirical evidence on the extent...

Improving Financial Capability Among University Students Using a Mobile App: Wallet$mart Project Evaluation

Michelle Cull & Catherine Attard
This report details the findings of a research evaluation conducted for UniBank (Teachers Mutual Bank Ltd) exploring the effectiveness of the Wallet$mart mobile app in improving university students' financial capability. Students undertook to trial the Wallet$mart app during 2020 at Western Sydney University, in partnership with UniBank and supported by App developer, Tangible. This report evaluates the effectiveness of the trial and makes recommendations for further development of the app prior to the app being...

Free2Be... Yet?: The second National Study of Australian High School Students Who Identify as Gender and Sexuality Diverse

Jacqueline Ullman
Free2Be…Yet?, a follow-up to the 2015 Free2Be? report, details the findings from a second nationwide survey of gender and sexuality diverse Australian secondary school students. The name, while also intended to signal the continuation of the original line of research, was designed to highlight the central research question for teenagers: Is your school a place where it is safe for you to be yourself? Are you free to be you? As with the previous iteration...

Final Report: Planning for Parramatta’s Cultural Infrastructur

Cecelia Cmielewski, Cecilia Hilder, Ryan van den Nouwelant, David Rowe, Deborah Stevenson, Liam Magee & Ien Ang
The "Cultural Infrastructure and Investment Strategy 2021-2040" was Commissioned by the City of Parramatta. The Strategy is designed to: *Identify priorities for future cultural infrastructure that will consolidate Parramatta as a desirable destination to live, work and play; *Assist with a strategic and coordinated approach within Council to advance the delivery of cultural infrastructure within the City; *Direct sound decision making about planning, funding, delivering and negotiating for cultural infrastructure over the next 20 years;...

Promoting Intercultural Understanding, Connectedness, and Belonging: An Independent Evaluation of Together for Humanity Programs

Fran Gale, Michel Edenborough, Emery Boccanfuso, Mary Hawkins, Russell Thomson & Catherine Sell
This report presents an independent evaluation of the extent to which Together for Humanity’s programs – particularly the Prejudice and Belonging and Good Practice Programs – achieve their aims. Critical, was understanding the extent to which Together for Humanity programs support learners to improve their understandings and skills in intercultural understanding, belonging and connectedness, resilience, compassion, and creative and critical thinking. Further, the report contextualises Together for Humanity’s operations within an updated scope of current...

Mountains, Molehills and Milestones: Participant Experiences from the WSU Mentoring Programs

Michelle Cull, Kristy Coxon & Manisha Dayal
This study uses a series of narratives (stories) of experiences of professional and academic staff participating in mentoring programs at Western Sydney University as either mentors or mentees in the last five years. The narratives, as prompted by open-ended questions through an online survey instrument, reflect on participants’ mentoring goals, the outcomes of the program, any challenges experienced and recommendations for future staff involved in mentoring programs at the university. In addition, the study examines...

No One Left Behind: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Australia

Claire E. Brolan & Leanne Smith
Australia was one of 193 countries that came together at the high-level United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September 2015 to commit to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a universal agenda, and their implementation is the shared responsibility of all countries at all stages of development, including OECD nations like Australia. Following a 2018 parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s SDG...

COVID-19 Impacts on Immigration Detention: Global Responses

Vivienne Chew, Melissa Phillips & Min Yamada Park
This Edited Collection brings together a range of country reports documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on immigration detention practices globally. Compiled jointly by the International Detention Coalition and the Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative at Western Sydney University, this report highlights how governments and civil society organisations have responded to the practice of immigration detention.

Feeding My Child: How Mothers Experience Nutrition Across the World. A Companion Report to The State of the World’s Children 2019

Virginia Schmied, Juliano Diniz De Oliveira, Catharine Fleming, Kaitlyn Hockey, Girish Lala, Georgina Theakstone & Amanda Third
The first 1,000 days, from conception to age two, is a critical period for growth and development, and a period when diet quality is more important than at other times of life. However, as The State of the World’s Children 2019: Children, Food and Nutrition reported, malnutrition – in the forms of stunting, wasting and overweight – means that globally one in three children are not growing well. To address this concern, there is an...

Listening to and Incorporating the Voices of Sessional Academic Staff: Building a Supportive and Sustainable Workplace for Women at Western Sydney University. Final Research Report to Vice Chancellor's Gender Equity Fund

Ashwini Kanitkar, Nicky Laurance & Jane Mears
This is the final report for the project ‘Listening to and Incorporating the Voices of Sessional Academic Staff: Building a Supportive and Sustainable Workplace for Women at Western Sydney University’. The aim of this project was to document the experiences of female sessional staff, to explore strategies adopted by those sessional staff members to improve their working and personal lives, to make recommendations for change and ultimately, to build a supportive and sustainable workplace for...

The 10K Initiative: Towards Meaningful Relationships and Network Centred Aged Care

Alison Rahn, Debbie Horsfall, Helen Psychogios, Rosemary Leonard & Jasmine Lance
It is well accepted that as people age their social worlds often shrink. Additionally, living in an aged care facility can disrupt people’s social worlds, resulting in loneliness, isolation and misery for many. Being connected, having a positive identity, continuing to contribute to the fabric of society are essential to positive healthy ageing, increased life expectancy and overall life satisfaction fundamental to wellbeing. As such, a whole of population approach focussing on social networks and...

Benchmarking Tree Canopy in Sydney's Hot Schools

Sebastian Pfautsch, Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause & Susanna Rouillard
This project identified the 100 most vulnerable schools to heat in Greater Western Sydney using a newly developed Heat Score. The Heat Score combines socio-economic information that captures exposure, sensitivity and adaptivity of local communities to heat with environmental data related to surface and air temperatures of urban space. Analyses provided in this report will assist the development of the most effective tree planting strategies for each of Sydney’s 100 hot schools.

Benefits of Early Adopter Feedback in Innovation Commercialisation

Dilupa Nakandala, Hilal Hurriyet & Neil Perry
In this report we analyse how successful innovative firms select early adopter users, collect feedback from them and create benefits in the innovation commercialisation stage. Adopting the multiple case study method, we investigated 14 successful innovative firms operating in Australia, conducted in-depth interviews with managers holding high-level responsibilities in the case firms and analysed the data using a thematic analysis method. We find that innovator firms’ access to end users depends on the type of...

Understandings and Responses to Domestic Violence in the African Great Lakes Communities of Western Sydney

Selda Dagistanli, Nadine Umutoni Wa Shema, Cris Townley, Kerry Robinson, Peter Bansel, Kate Huppatz, Melanie Thomas, Emmanuel Musoni, Jean Pierre Abega, Ladislas Bizimana & Ken Mufumbiro
The project is a partnership between the Sexualities and Genders Research initiative of Western Sydney University (WSU) and the Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development (GLAPD). The project is guided by three research questions: - what are the views and attitudes of Great Lakes community members in Australia on domestic violence within their communities?; - what are the views and experiences of health professionals on domestic violence in the Great Lakes community?; and -...

Advancing LGBTQ+ Safety and Inclusion: Understanding the Lived Experiences and Health Needs of Sexuality and Gender Diverse People in Greater Western Sydney

Kerry Robinson, Cris Townley, Jacqueline Ullman, Nida Denson, Cristyn Davies, Peter Bansel, Michael Atkinson & Sarah Lambert
This scoping research was an exploration of the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people, of the issues they encounter in relation to access to services in the region, and of best practice service provision to sexuality and gender diverse communities in Western Sydney. The research participants included LGBTQ+ community leaders and members as well as key service providers from relevant organisations in Western Sydney. This mixed method research included both quantitative and qualitative approaches: an online...

Refugee Youth Voice: Postcards to the Premier

Karin Mackay
The Refugee Youth Voice: Postcards to the Premier Project was part of a broad consultation process to understand the challenges faced by Refugee Youth in NSW, Australia. The research bought together voices of youth from a refugee background with those who set policy at various levels of government including The Coordinator General Refugee Resettlement (CGRR): Peter Shergold; Multicultural NSW; over 30 key service providers and Western Sydney University. The research presents new and interesting strategies...

Older Women in the Private Rental Sector: Unaffordable, Substandard and Insecure Housing

Emma Power
Single older women aged 55 and over are overrepresented amongst the asset poor in Australia. They are also one of the fastest growing groups of homeless people nationally. This status is a product of a number of risks that accrue to women across the life course including gendered differences in pay and superannuation. It is also a product of an unaffordable and insecure private rental system. This report presents the experiences of single older women...

School Microclimates

Sebastian Pfautsch, Susanna Rouillard, Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause, Art Bae, Lyn Vu, Anthony Manea, Samiya Tabassum, Leigh Staas, Alessandro Ossola, Kathryn Holmes & Michelle Leishman
Outdoor school environments need to be safe, stimulate physical and cognitive development of children and encourage learning. These key requirements are jeopardised by increasing summer heat. Summer heat limits outdoor activities and has adverse effects on physical wellbeing of school children and teachers. Children are particularly vulnerable to heat as they regulate their core temperature through convection, which becomes less effective when it is hot. Based on empirical data collections, this report provides more than...

Young People and Democracy: A Review

Philippa Collin & Jane McCormack
The Whitlam Government had a significant impact on the lives of young people in Australia and their relationship to democracy. In addition to lowering the voting age from 21 years to 18 years, Whitlam Government reforms led to the expansion of the social, political, economic and cultural citizenship of diverse young Australians. Forty years later the need to consider and strengthen the citizenship rights and relationship of young people to Australian democracy is no less...

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