The Hallmark Research Initiatives address significant local and global challenge that cannot be solved by one discipline alone. Research includes:
Meeting the future nutritional needs of a growing local and global population Combating racism at both the interpersonal and structural levels Understanding how technologies are profoundly shaping the nature of work, workplaces and working lives Addressing the dynamic interdependencies between fire, climate, society, and the environment
The initiatives encourage the maturing of interdisciplinary research communities through research projects, workshops, fellowships and events.
Researchers work with industry, government and not-for profit organisations in Australia and internationally. In turn they challenge current thinking and offer new solutions to change our world
With scientific rigour and creativity we can use nature to solve almost any problem – from the nanoscale to the global. We call this bioinspiration.
Professor Devi Stuart-Fox Co-Chair, BioInspiration Hallmark Research Initiative
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Hallmarks in action
Our Hallmark Research Initiatives bring together researchers from across the University to work on some of the most pressing local and global issues.
We're working on projects such as:
The intersection of race, gender, education, class and indigeneity in the digital and spatial distribution of work Making sustainable building material – with mushrooms Alternative sources of protein production such as cell-based meat, insects and algae LGBT rights and public health in Indonesia
Explore the initiatives and find out how you, your organisation or community group can get involved.
In collaboration with government, community organisations and businesses, the Anti-Racism Hallmark Research Initiative undertakes and disseminates solutions-focused anti-racism research and interventions to combat racism at both the interpersonal and structural levels.
The Bioinspiration HRI works with institutes and industry partners to find bioinspired solutions to technological and design challenges.
The Wildfire Futures HRI is a future-focused research program that takes an interdisciplinary approach to link new ways of predicting changes in fire, climate, and ecosystems with the preferences and knowledge of communities.
The Affordable Housing initiative is working across disciplines to create new insights into the supply of affordable housing.
Making sustainable building material – with mushrooms
Cladding is used to protect and insulate buildings. Usually, cladding ‘sandwich’ panels are made with aluminium and synthetic materials. This makes them cheap, light and easy to install. But they leave a large carbon footprint.
Mycelium, a network of fibres from which mushrooms flower, has the required properties for sandwich panels while being biodegradable. It is used in packaging and interior building linings and fittings.
The Ageing Hallmark Research Initiative researched creative solutions to the challenges that come with an ageing population.
The Children’s Lives Hallmark Research Initiative put the voices of children at the centre of the research and policy agenda.
The Computational Biology Hallmark Research Initiative strengthened cross-disciplinary and external collaborations in computational biology.
The Disability Hallmark Research Initiative brought disciplines together to focus on changing the social, economic and physical environments that impact people with disability.
Economic and Social Participation
The Economic and Social Participation Hallmark investigated how to achieve population participation in work, education and social networks.
The Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative built a stronger Indigenous research cohort within and beyond the University.
The Materials Hallmark Research Initiative supported interdisciplinary research and development in scaleable nano to meso-materials.
The Statelessness Hallmark Research initiative worked across disciplines to understand gaps in understanding of stateless populations.
The Therapeutic Technologies Research Initiative focused on new applications of mechano-pharmacology and organ-on-a-chip technology to transform drug screening processes.