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Transforming societies through global citizenship

Societies are in constant flux. Research in ‘Transforming Societies’ examines and evaluates changes in the world and how it impacts our lives as individuals, families, organisations, and communities. The outcomes of the research challenge current thinking. They will guide and inform decision making to approach transformation for the benefit of all, especially the most vulnerable who can be further marginalised in a changing world. Our interdisciplinary research is focussed on the following key questions: How is society being transformed? What transforms society? How can we transform society to benefit individuals and communities? How can we transform society to promote and support equity and inclusivity?

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Research stories


Enterprising Research: Combining health and law to help people in crisis

Dr Katia Ferrar & Dr Matthew Atkinson


Enterprising Research: Engaging youth in learning and work through film-making

Associate Professor Debbie Price


Enterprising Research: Archiving digital architectural records

Associate Professor Christine Garnaut


Enterprising Research: Fresh water literacies

Dr Kathryn Paige


Enterprising Research: The history of Aboriginal stolen wages in South Australia

Professor Martin Shanahan


Enterprising Research: Creative strategies to support learning outcomes in numeracy

Professor Lester Rigney


Enterprising Research: The voice of girls in STEM

Dr Ruth Geer

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Acting Head of Partner Engagement
Jodieann Dawe – Director Research & Innovation Services


If you’re interested in engaging with our “Transforming Societies” research theme, please contact Professor Nancy Arthur via

Further Research Theme Steering Group members:

Adrian Franklin
Alwin Chong
David Cropley
Leonie Segal
Lia Bryant
Martin Shanahan
Simon Biggs
Simon Leonard
Susan Luckman

For a full list of UniSA’s Research Theme Steering Groups, click here.

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