Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (CHSD)
About the centre
The Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (CHSD) conducts cross-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary research that links the UN Sustainable Development Goals to current, important, and complex policy issues in Australia and across the globe. Our focus is on the social factors, which are vital to understand, when addressing sustainable development. Our three main themes are: Health for All, Education for All, and Housing for All. Across research projects, we prioritise equity, inclusion and diversity. To ensure our research translates into meaningful action and innovation in the real world we explore multi-sector solutions that involve government (cross department), industry, non-government organisation (NGOs), and the wider community.
Associate Professor Clare Littleton,
Acting Deputy Centre Director
Associate Professor Littleton has an academic background in public health, communications and education. She has extensive experience working in high level health related roles, across NGO’s and the higher education sector, with a focus on teaching and research, health promotion, and communications. Associate Professor Littleton conducts research in the area of public health with a specific focus on children, social determinants of health, and public policy. Her research focusses on addressing complex policy issues through inter-disciplinary research, specifically public health and political science. Through her research she aims to bring about social change, address equity issues, and contribute to addressing the UN sustainable development goals.
Contact Associate Professor Clare Littleton for project partnerships or to learn more about our research centre.
Explore our areas of research
Health for allIn this cluster we aim to contribute to reducing health inequities by tackling important and complex health policy issues of our time with the aim of improving health outcomes for all. Our research is linked to SDG Goal 3 Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG Goal 3) which aims to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages'.
Education for allIn this cluster we aim to contribute to creating a society where, across the globe, all children, youth, and adults have equal access to quality education. We also explore the role of education as a vital component when tackling policy issues related to sustainable development, as education advances human capacity and empowers collective action to meet these challenges. Our research is linked to SDG Goal 4 Quality Education which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Housing for allIn this cluster we aim to contribute to a more resilient and sustainable housing industry, and therefore more sustainable cities and communities. We do this by applying a multi-stakeholder approach where government and other sectors work together to find innovative solutions. By focusing on this area, we aim to explore innovative digital technologies that may provide solutions to housing shortages, including accessibility and affordability issues in Australia. Our research is linked to SDG Goal 11 which aims to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. In particular we aim to address target 11.1 to ‘ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums’.
CollaborationCollaboration is the platform that underpins the three interdisciplinary research focus areas of the Centre; health, education and housing. By building on collaboration as our foundation, we link to SDG Goal 17 which aims to ‘strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development’. To support the notion of partnership, our research is participatory and focuses specifically on innovative and multi-disciplinary forms of collaboration that are needed to address the socio-economic and environmental problematiques of health, education and housing.
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Dr Bok undertakes research in the interests of using futures research in creative and generative ways to achieve transformational impact in the contexts of complex problem situations.