Research to the Rescue: Tasmanian culture and society


University researchers demonstrate how they are at the forefront of creative ideas to improve social policy, industry innovation, community wellbeing and learning cultures.

Start Date

13th Nov 2018 6:00pm

End Date

13th Nov 2018 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay Campus

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Enquiries: E. T. 6226 2521

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Jennifer Ayton Photo Kim Jose Photo Fiona Cocker Photo Final

Research to the Rescue introduces one of the University of Tasmania's five key research themes: Creativity, Culture and Society. Three cutting edge researchers explain how their work is providing creative solutions for society and the economy.

  • Dr Jennifer Ayton, Lecturer in Public Health. Broken Bodies - From Narrative to Art: Translating women’s stories of breastfeeding into visual art forms.
  • Dr Kim Jose, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research. Improved Educational Engagement for Children with Special Health Care Needs (SHCN): Testing the user friendliness and validity of instruments for children with SHCN.
  • Dr Fiona Cocker, Research Fellow, Menzies and Student Wellbeing Officer, School of Medicine. Examining the Experiences and Support Needs of First Responders’ Spouses and Families: A qualitative study.
  • Facilitated by Professor Tony Simoes da Silva, Head of the School of Humanities.

University of Tasmania Research Themes

The most pressing challenges our local and global communities face are deeply complex and can only be overcome by the combined efforts of diverse disciplines.

Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise to develop solutions to real-world problems of global relevance, within a local context. They provide an interdisciplinary setting for individuals, established research concentrations and our partners to work collaboratively, and capitalise on the advantages presented by our unique locality and existing areas of research excellence.

Creativity, Culture and Society

University of Tasmania researchers are at the forefront of developing and refining creative ideas to improve social policy, industry innovation, community wellbeing and learning cultures. In responding to today's complex challenges, we recognise the importance of creativity, critique and engagement. Our researchers adopt robust and innovative research strategies to tackle society's problems.

Working collaboratively across disciplines and with the community, our researchers explore questions that will support improvements in society at individual, group and institutional levels. This includes building evidence-based knowledge and understanding of culture and society, generating creative means of reflecting on and engaging with change, and informing decision-making in regard to how we live, learn, trade and govern.

University of Tasmania researchers seek to understand the economic, social and cultural dynamics that shape our behaviour in times of change, through a range of lenses.

We work to build resilience and wellbeing within individuals, communities and nations by identifying ways for communities to adapt to change– spanning from societal changes to responses to natural disasters – including the promotion of diverse and inclusive learning cultures.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.