Navigating the ‘data revolution’ in Australian schools

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Navigating the ‘data revolution’ in Australian schools 

Ross Barron, Bill Louden, Sarah Jefferson, Shamit Saggar and Glenn Savage


In follow-up to a recent UWA Public Policy Institute online event on the proliferation and usage of data in our schooling system, we asked several experts what they expect will happen in the medium future.

UWA News has moved to Impact

Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

Professor Benjamin Reilly

COVID-19: Pandemic elections

Friday, 14 August 2020

COVID-19: Elections in times of COVID-19

Pandemic elections

Benjamin Reilly


The vastly different response by states around the world to the coronavirus epidemic has highlighted the importance of two fundamental public goods in determining outcomes. These are: the extent of a given society’s trust between its citizens and their government, and the capacity of those same governments to deliver and enforce appropriate public health responses.

Marion Fulker

COVID-19: Could ‘rona’ be the death of cities?

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

COVID-19: The future of cities and urban living

Could ‘rona’ be the death of cities?

Marion Fulker


Marion Fulker highlights how the coronavirus pandemic has made us acutely aware of the challenge of reconciling high-density living and social distancing, and looks at some of the ways in which we could adapt in the conception and design of communal spaces.

Kate Hislop

COVID-19: The case for dispersal

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

COVID-19: The future of cities and urban living

The case for dispersal

Kate Hislop


Kate Hislop outlines how the acute awareness of individual responsibility for the health of the community and other lessons learned from COVID-19 add to the shift away from cities and towards suburbia and regional centres – a trend that may bring with it more than just health benefits.

Roger Keil and Sean Hertel

COVID-19: Climate emergency, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter: urban planning’s insurgent moment

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

COVID-19: The future of cities and urban living

Climate emergency, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter: urban planning’s insurgent moment

Roger Keil and Sean Hertel


Emphasising its critical role in responding to COVID-19, addressing systemic social-spatial inequities and tackling climate change, Roger Keil and Sean Hertel make the case for courageous urban planning in times of crisis.

Mark Kleinman

COVID-19: New policy challenges for aspiring cities

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

COVID-19: The future of cities and urban living

New policy challenges for aspiring cities

Mark Kleinman


COVID-19 has left a distinct imprint on urban life and the cities we live in – but will they survive the associated changes to their traditional role within the economy, cultural activity, labour markets etc.? Mark Kleinman, drawing on examples from the UK, investigates whether the age of urbanisation has come to an end.

Noel Richards

COVID-19: New or normal? WA’s infrastructure needs post-COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

COVID-19: The future of cities and urban living

New or normal? WA’s infrastructure needs post-COVID-19

Noel Richards


Noel Richards provides some insights on the implications of COVID-19 for WA’s infrastructure needs and planning, looking at both trends that predated but were accelerated by the pandemic and new demands emerging from it.

Ernest Nnadigwe

Defence of FDV perpetrators at all cost by their victims: therapists’ advocacy and support for male perpetrators

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tackling family and domestic violence among refugee communities

Defence of FDV perpetrators at all cost by their victims: therapists’ advocacy and support for male perpetrators

Ernest Nnadigwe


Ernest Nnadigwe explains how the differences in culture and family dynamics as well as the lived realities of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia can help us understand the phenomenon of family and domestic violence (FDV) victims defending their perpetrators, and what is needed to address it.

Using a trauma-informed approach to inform Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tackling family and domestic violence among refugee communities

Using a trauma-informed approach to inform Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds

Karen Martin


Karen Martin underscores the importance of acknowledging past traumas suffered by refugees, both pre- and post-settlement, and taking them into account in the design of domestic and family violence interventions.  

Elizabeth Lang

Cultural dimensions and domestic and family violence

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tackling family and domestic violence among refugee communities

Cultural dimensions and domestic and family violence

Elizabeth Lang


Elizabeth Lang examines the role individualist cultural paradigms have traditionally played in the conceptualisation of family and domestic violence, including the design of interventions to combat it. She highlights the importance of understanding different collectivist notions of family, power and identity in order to effectively address family domestic violence in refugee communities.

Colleen Fisher

Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tackling family and domestic violence among refugee communities

Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds

Colleen Fisher


Colleen Fisher introduces a set of newly formulated best practice principles, designed to fill a long-standing gap in domestic and family violence policy and practice, and to help develop better and targeted interventions for refugee communities.

Andrea Creado

Support for men and its impact on FDV within a wider picture of successful or unsuccessful refugee integration

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tackling family and domestic violence among refugee communities

Support for men and its impact on FDV within a wider picture of successful or unsuccessful refugee integration

Andrea Creado, Ruth Buckmaster and Shalini Noronha


Andrea, Ruth and Shalini highlight the importance of targeted support for refugee men right from their arrival in Australia, as part of the broader settlement process, to prevent family and domestic violence from occurring in their communities. 

Paul J. Maginn and Paul Drechsler

COVID-19: Creativity and collaboration needed to lift retail consumption in a post-COVID-19 world

Monday, 22 June 2020

COVID-19: The Future of Cities and Urban Living

Creativity and collaboration needed to lift retail consumption in a post-COVID-19 world

Paul J. Maginn and Paul Drechsler


Paul Maginn and Paul Drechsler take a closer look at some of implications of COVID-19 for retailing – both as an employment sector and as an integral element of urban life. Among other things, they highlight the acceleration of the move towards online retailing and the emergence of the suburbs as new epicentres of productivity and consumption.

Jill Milroy

COVID-19: Impacts of historical, social and cultural determinants of health

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

COVID-19: Indigenous perspectives

Impacts of historical, social and cultural determinants of health

Jill Milroy, Kate Derry & Pat Dudgeon


Jill, Kate and Pat explore how the particular exposure of Indigenous communities to COVID-19 has highlighted existing inequities and human rights issues, especially in relation to health care and housing, and what the government should learn from this crisis.

Helen Milroy

COVID-19: Equity and ethics in a pandemic: Indigenous perspectives

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

COVID-19: Indigenous perspectives

Equity and ethics in a pandemic: Indigenous perspectives

Helen Milroy


Helen Milroy highlights the impact of COVID-19 and the efforts to contain it in Indigenous communities, how it exacerbates existing vulnerabilities and disadvantages, and how we can ensure Indigenous perspectives are integrated in equitable decision-making frameworks going forward.

Shino Konishi

COVID-19: What can we learn from the first smallpox epidemic and its impact on Aboriginal people?

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

COVID-19: Indigenous perspectives

What can we learn from the first smallpox epidemic and its impact on Aboriginal people?

Shino Konishi


With reference to Sydney’s 1789 smallpox epidemic, Shino Konishi invites us to consider what history can teach us in designing responses to COVID-19 that take into account the specific vulnerabilities of Indigenous people and are tailored to the needs of different communities. 

Nilesh Makwana

COVID-19: The need to boost digital literacy in Indigenous communities

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

COVID-19: Indigenous perspectives

COVID-19: The need to boost digital literacy in Indigenous communities

Nilesh Makwana


Nilesh Makwana explains how the coronavirus pandemic is perpetuating the digital divide between First Nation peoples and the rest of Australia and what needs to be done to close it.

Pema Wangchuk

Learning to smile from behind a mask

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Learning to smile from behind a mask

Pema Wangchuk


It is not easy to smile from behind a mask. But the present is an unprecedentedly confusing moment and situations requiring a smile rarely arrive making it a skill not necessary to be acquired in a hurry. But then again, it is safer to grimace from behind a mask because these are also disturbingly intolerant times.

Arijit Sen

During the lockdown India’s poor fight a doubly difficult battle against COVID-19

Thursday, 4 June 2020

During the lockdown India’s poor fight a doubly difficult battle against COVID-19

Arijit Sen


Since 30-year-old Chandana, her husband, and 12-year-old son heard Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announce a 21-day (from March 25) nationwide lockdown – broadcast on national television – life has changed completely.