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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 research undertaken by UNSW academics, staff and students.

There are currently three declared Grand Challenge topics – Inequality, Living with 21st Century Technology and Rapid Urbanisation. Previous Grand Challenges include Climate Change and Refugees & Migrants. Each Grand Challenge will feature a series of events and activities that will shine a spotlight on different ideas and themes arising from each topic.


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A Climate Dividend for Australians

Taking into account the social cost of energy

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Matthew England, Robert Brooks, Jane McAdam

Welcome to Grand Challenges

UNSW’s Grand Challenges Program is designed to define and lead open, informed public debate about the biggest challenges of our time – and the potential solutions

Scientia Professor Rob Brooks - Grand Challenges Academic Lead.

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Talks & Ideas