UNSW Sydney aims to lead the debate and shape the public discourse on the greatest issues facing humanity. The Grand Challenges Program has been established to facilitate these critical discussions, and in the process raise awareness of the ground-breaking research and excellent initiatives undertaken by UNSW academics, staff and students.
There are currently four declared Grand Challenge topics – Climate Change, Refugees & Migrants, Inequality, and Living with 21st Century Technology. Each Grand Challenge will feature a series of events and activities for both staff and students to contribute to, so please sign-up to our mailing list to keep informed of current events.
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Climate Change Blueprints
These blueprints describe the challenges and opportunities facing society in the areas of: Energy Transitions; Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health in Australia; and Justice and Climate Change.
Talks & Ideas
Academic media engagement on political hot potatoesWatch
Europe, refugees and our obsession with borders presented by François GemenneWatch
Our Shared Humanity: Protecting the Rights of Refugees and MigrantsWatch
David Sanderson on RN Big Ideas: Put money in their pocketRead more
Does it matter how we “stop the boats”?Read more
UNSW hosts ground-breaking ‘virtual’ conferenceRead more
The links between climate change and migrationRead more
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus - Excerpt from UNSW talkWatch
All at sea: A story of climate change displacementWatch
What did the rich man say to the poor man? Why spatial inequality in Australia is no jokeRead more
UNSW hosts inaugural Refugee Alternatives ConferenceRead more
Grand Challenges Program
Scientia Professor of Evolutionary Biology Rob Brooks is the Academic Lead of the UNSW Grand Challenges Program.
Scientia Professor Matt England is an expert on the physics of the oceans and their role in climate variability and climate change.
Stephi Hemelryk Donald
Refugees & Migrants
Professor Stephi Hemelryk Donald is an interdisciplinary scholar and Future Fellow specialising in film, childhood, and migration with a special interest in China.
Professor Rosalind Dixon is one of the leading comparative constitutional scholars of her generation.
Professor Richard Holden is one of Australia’s leading economic researchers with a skill for unravelling complex economic issues.
Lyria Bennett Moses
Living with 21st Century Technology
One of UNSW’s 20 rising stars who will change the world, Lyria Bennett Moses is pioneer in developing a general theory of law and technology that provides practical insights into how and when law should respond to technological change.