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 three declared Grand Challenge topics – Climate Change; Refugees & Migrants and Inequality. 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.
Refugee Education Initiatives on Chios Island, Greece: Roundtable Discussion
Refugees & Migrants
Friday 22 September 2017
1pm - 2.30pm Morven Brown Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Cities@UNSW - Spatial Inequality in Sydney
Tuesday 26 September
630pm–730pm Law Theatre, UNSW Sydney
Utzon Lecture – Nina-Marie Lister: Resilience Beyond Rhetoric - Design for a New Sustainability
Wednesday 11 October
630pm–730pm Ritchie Theatre, UNSW Kensington
AIB Address – Justice Brian Preston SC: Adapting to a sustainable energy future: The role of planning and environmental law
Wednesday 18 October
600pm–700pm Colombo Theatre C, UNSW Kensington
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.