Research | Torrens University
Our mission is to conduct cross-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research to tackle complex and important policy issues of our time, which are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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,
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.


Claire Littleton
To tackle complex policy issues of our time we need to focus on the social factors that are vital to understand when addressing the UN sustainable development goals
Associate Professor Clare Littleton
Deputy Centre Director

Explore our areas of research

  • Health for all
    In 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 all
    In 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 all
    In 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’.
  • Collaboration
    Collaboration 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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Our partnerships are national and international with organisations that align with our Be Good Principles. Partnerships are developed at an individual, group, centre and institutional level and align with our university research themes and build our reputation and profile.

Meet our researchers

Dr. Heinz Herrmann
Professor Kerry London

Professor London is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at Torrens University Australia. She has published more than 200 peer reviewed


Dr Louise Townsin

Dr Townsin undertakes research in Education and Health, and has a particular interest in intercultural communication and cultural


Dr Maria Yue

Dr Yue is a lecturer in Education. Her current research focuses on identifying the structural and agentic factors that affect international


Philip Whiting

Dr Philip Whiting

Dr Whiting FDIA MCSD is a leading researcher in the understanding and application of critical design thinking for innovation within future


Dr Roberto Azcui Aparicio | CHSD

Dr Roberto Azcui Aparicio

Dr Aparicio is a medical doctor with experience in clinical medicine, infectious disease management and program implementation,


Scott Skipworth

Dr Scott Skipworth

Dr Skipworth researches the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the embodied experience of the built environment, coining the term ‘Disseminating Embodiment’.


Dr Barbara Bok

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.


Dr. Gregory Harper
Dr Zelinna Pablo

Dr Pablo is a multidisciplinary researcher who uses interpretivist approaches, qualitative techniques and theories of socio-materiality,


Dr Denise DeSouza

Dr De Souza completed her doctorate at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.


Trish Powers

Dr Trish Powers

Dr Powers is a passionate educator and researcher in the field of Education. She has a background in Secondary Teaching and Event


Pawan Chugh

Dr Selvanaayagam Shanmuganathan

Dr Shanmuganathan is a researcher, academician and trained medical doctor in the field of public health. Currently, he is a Public


Ali Ahsan | Torrens University
Dr Ali Ahsan

Dr Ahsan specialises in the field of Business and Technology and has extensive managerial and technical experience. Over the years, he had the


Dr Fiona Maree Chatteur (née Kerr)

Dr Fiona Chatteur investigates sustainability, e-learning, artificial intelligence, mixed methods research, and non-traditional research.


Mohammad Kadir | Torrens University 
Dr Mohammad Kadir

Dr Kadir with Psychology, Public Health and Social Marketing background works for health promotion through behaviour change.


Professor Hannah Wechkunanukul
Professor Hannah Wechkunanukul

Associate Professor Hannah is a health educator and researcher in Health Sciences.


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