Creativity, Culture and Society

University of Tasmania researchers are at the forefront of developing and refining creative ideas to improve social policy and community wellbeing. In identifying solutions to today's complex challenges, we recognise the importance of resilience.

Resilience is an adaptive capacity, the ability to function and thrive despite adversity. Resilience also provides a powerful lens through which to understand the economic, social and cultural dynamics that shape our behaviour in times of change.

University of Tasmania researchers work to build resilience within individuals, communities and nations by identifying ways for communities to adapt to change – spanning from societal changes to responses to natural disasters.

Engaging in the visual and performing arts, our researchers examine how creativity can promote vibrant communities and enhance Tasmania's already strong cultural capital with global ramifications.

Research outcomes include the development of attractive low-cost housing for those who have none; analysis of policies that make the community safer; law and tax reform, prison and museum management, and marine biodiversity. New projects are melding art and science to engage people in environmental remediation.

Fast Facts

Our Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts is developing a $75 million hub for digital, creative and performing arts in a major Hobart development due to be completed in 2017 – transforming research infrastructure in these disciplines.

Research Focus


Promoting resilient communities in an era marked by social, cultural and technological change.

Digital Platforms

Investigating how humanities, arts and social sciences researchers use e-research tools and new modes of digital communication to serve the public good.

Cultural Engagement

Developing the use of new techniques and audiences to excite greater cultural engagement.

Cultural Heritage

Investigating how we understand, protect, interpret and connect to our unique cultural heritage.

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