UNSW Sydney aims to lead the debate and shape the public discourse on the greatest issues facing humanity. The Grand Challenges Program has been established to facilitate these critical discussions, and in the process raise awareness of the ground-breaking research and excellent initiatives undertaken by UNSW academics, staff and students.
There are currently three declared Grand Challenge topics – Climate Change; Refugees & Migrants and Inequality. Each Grand Challenge will feature a series of events and activities for both staff and students to contribute to, so please sign-up to our mailing list to keep informed of current events.
International Women's Day Breakfast at UNSWInequality
Wednesday 8 March
8:30am–9:30am Library Lawn, UNSW Kensington
Sending Bill Gates to MarsClimate Change
Thursday 9 March
5pm–6pm Colombo Theatre A, UNSW Kensington
Europe, refugees and our obsession with borders: A crisis of political courageRefugees & Migrants
Wednesday 15 March
6pm–7:30pm UNSW Galleries, Crn Oxford Street & Greens Rd, Paddington Campus
From Welfare State to Investment StateInequality
Tuesday 28 March
12.30pm–1.30pm Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington
Brought to you by the Social Policy Research Centre
Credibility and the asylum-seeking processRefugees and Migrants
Tuesday 28 March
1.15pm-2pm Room 1616, Mathews Building, UNSW Kensington
Talks & Ideas
Rob Brooks: Life in a post-truth worldWatch
UNSW tackles inequality, ‘the challenge of our time’Read more
Jane McAdam: Displaced by disasterWatch
Bingqin Li: The families forgotten in social developmentWatch
Matt England: Our warming oceans and the planet's futureWatch
Ian Jacobs: What is the role of a 21st Century university?Watch
Toby Walsh: Computers making life or death decisionsWatch
Richard Buckland: What if we just didn't mark students?Watch
Grand Challenges Program
Scientia Professor of Evolutionary Biology Rob Brooks is the Academic Lead of the UNSW Grand Challenges Program.
Scientia Professor Matt England is an expert on the physics of the oceans and their role in climate variability and climate change.
Refugees & Migrants
Scientia Professor Jane McAdam is an influential authority on the legal frameworks that shape the fate of displaced people.
Professor Rosalind Dixon is known worldwide as the leading comparative constitutional scholar of her generation.
Professor Richard Holden is one of Australia’s leading economic researchers with a skill for unravelling complex economic issues.