The Center for Western Sydney has announced the projects to be funded by the first Vice-Chancellor’s Center for Western Sydney Fellowship Fund in 2022.
The Center for Western Sydney within the University of Western Sydney is the leading source for collaborative and interdisciplinary research, policy and advocacy on Western Sydney – co-created with and for the region.
The Center led the new seed funding initiative to support early career researchers at the University whose research focuses on addressing critical issues facing people in Sydney’s west and promoting the resilience of its vibrant and diverse communities.
The Director of the Center for Western Sydney, Professor Andy Marks, said the annual scholarship fund aims to provide seed funding for important research that will enhance our collective knowledge and understanding of the Western Sydney region.
“Western Sydney is one of Australia’s most dynamic, economically important and diverse regions. Home to over 2.5 million people, it is a region of immense opportunity, but also experiencing many great societal challenges, such as rapid urban growth and entrenched inequalities,” said Professor Marks.
“The Vice-Chancellor’s Western Sydney Scholarship Fund aims to promote impact-oriented research on the unique economic and social challenges facing the Western Sydney region, including infrastructure, jobs and the environment. Research co-created with community organizations in Western Sydney, to ensure it is relevant to the region and can have maximum impact.
In 2022, four projects received funding from the Vice-Chancellor’s Center for Western Sydney Fellowship Fund of $30,000.
Researchers – from a wide range of disciplines including law, nursing and midwifery, engineering, design and the built environment, and urban geography – will address issues such as building improvement flood-resistant buildings; overcoming the numerical disadvantage in Western Sydney schools; co-designing more age-friendly communities for older Australians; and enhance our knowledge of the Western Sydney region with more location-based geo-specific data.
Research projects funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Center for Western Sydney Fellowship Fund