Steve Badman - Medicine

Testing for sexually transmitted infections

Steve specialises in molecular, point-of-care (POC) testing that enables patients to be tested and treated for a range of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), tuberculosis, and viruses (HIV and HPV) on the spot, avoiding time and transport challenges typical in rural Australia and PNG.

Dr Linda Bartolomei – Arts and Social Sciences

Changing policy responses to rape and sexual abuse among refugees

UNSW is shaping law and policy at the UN level concerning female refugees and their high level of vulnerability to rape and sexual abuse, and it is looking at how best to implement new policy to minimise the number of women and girls exposed to this kind of abuse.

Dr Valentina Baú – Arts and Social Sciences

Assess the success of media approaches to peacebuilding in (post) conflict areas

UNSW research is investigating and documenting the use of different types of media productions and communication channels by NGOs and UN bodies in post-conflict areas to promote sustainable peace, highlighting positive impacts on communities and encouraging future use.

Professor Louise Chappell - Law

Compensating for sexual violence

By examining the effectiveness of courts and similar bodies in compensating for and preventing sexual violence post-conflict, Louise, Andrea and Sarah have determined that unless reparations transform the conditions that enabled the violence, these courts and similar bodies are limited in their effectiveness.

Professor Andrea Durbach - Law

Compensating for sexual violence

By examining the effectiveness of courts and similar bodies in compensating for and preventing sexual violence post-conflict, Louise, Andrea and Sarah have determined that unless reparations transform the conditions that enabled the violence, these courts and similar bodies are limited in their effectiveness.

Professor Sarah Williams - Law

Compensating for sexual violence

By examining the effectiveness of courts and similar bodies in compensating for and preventing sexual violence post-conflict, Louise, Andrea and Sarah have determined that unless reparations transform the conditions that enabled the violence, these courts and similar bodies are limited in their effectiveness.

Dr Andrew Dansie – Engineering/Global Water Institute

Removing plastic from rivers and oceans

To address the global plastic crisis, Dansie is part of team that is assessing human behaviour, waste management and terrestrial waterways to understand causes of the crisis and potential solutions to reduce the annual discharge of plastic to the world’s oceans.

Diplomacy Training Program - Law

Educating and training human rights defenders

The Diplomacy Training Program educates human rights defenders and advocates. In the Pacific, the DTP is looking to build the capacity of communities to influence and negotiate better terms and conditions with private companies who may be negatively impacting land, livelihoods and environments.

Global Water Institute - Engineering

Improving water quality

Drawing together experts from law, engineering, science, the arts, and social sciences, the Global Water Institute works with communities to design and implement unique and sustainable solutions to improve water quality and access, improving people’s health and limiting their exposure to debilitating disease.

Dr Lauren Kark - Engineering

Repairing medical equipment in Cambodia and Uganda

To provide students with real world experience in their degree, Lauren teamed up with an NGO that offers students training and experience fixing medical equipment in regional and remote hospitals in Cambodia and Uganda, ensuring patients receive better and more sustainable care.

Professor David Keith - Science

Helping countries to assess risks to their ecosystems

UNSW research has come up with a model to assess the risk of ecosystems that is now the international standard and being adopted by countries like Myanmar to develop conservation reports and strategies to preserve vital ecosystems and forests.

Dr Heba Khamis - Engineering

Better measurement of children's nutrition

Heba is working on a smartphone app that could potentially perform a better assessment of a child’s nutrition compared to the current basic method, helping children avoid chronic and acute illness and providing a more accurate picture of the number of children in need of medical attention.

Associate Professor Lucas Lixinski - Law

Analysing community voice in world-listed heritage decisions

Lucas has written a book comparing cases around the world where community voices are heard and ignored in decisions involving world heritage listed areas, highlighting the need for UNESCO to include community voices in its legal processes to ensure communities and cultures survive.

Scientia Professor Jane McAdam – Law/The Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Refugee laws and more humane alternatives

As the world’s first and only research centre dedicated to international refugee law, the Kaldor Centre produces rigorous and innovative research on forced migration, providing the foundation for more humane responses to displaced people globally.

Dr Paul Munro – Arts and Social Sciences

Investigating energy disruption to promote more equitable access

UNSW research is investigating the disruption of energy industries in developing countries by new technologies, helping governments, private companies and NGOs in those countries to deliver more equitable and fair access to energy.

Associate Professor Daniel Robinson – Arts and Social Sciences

Helping ensure fair access to Indigenous biodiversity

UNSW is playing a key role in the Pacific to protect natural resources from being used excessively by pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies and to ensure indigenous communities share in the benefits made by those companies.

Professor David Sanderson – Built Environment

Improving humanitarian practice in post-disaster settlements

In response to the increasing number of people living in low income, urban settlements, David is working in Bangladesh, The Pacific and globally to improve the resilience of settlement structures to naturally-triggered disasters, improving residents’ quality of life.

Professor Peter Steinberg - Science

Improving urban marine life and water in harbour cities

A World Harbour Project, where UNSW is a key partner, can restore water quality and marine life in urban harbours that are heavily developed and polluted, enhancing human interaction with the water and encouraging economic development surrounding it.

Dr Carolien van Ham – Arts and Social Sciences

Determining the key factors that contribute to electoral fraud

Carolien van Ham is researching the integrity of elections and independent electoral management bodies around the world to determine key factors that contribute to electoral fraud, instructing academic and NGOs on how best to mitigate fraud in developing democracies.

Professor Anthony Zwi – Arts and Social Sciences

Policy in post-disaster areas

Anthony is helping to make disaster responses by government and NGO’s more equitable for the poor and disabled. He is also interested in documenting the evolution of Timor-Leste’s health sector since independence and the ways it can be more responsive to community concerns and less donor dependent.