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Marina de Valencia Living Lab Activation project

Working with the Marina de Valencia in Spain, the Intergener8 team are designing and delivering a Living Lab process, bringing diverse stakeholders together in the co-research and co-design of initiatives that drive the urban, economic and cultural transformation of Valencia.

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State of the World's Children Consultation 2017

UNICEF State of the World's Children report presents an annual examination of a key issue affecting young people. In 2017, the report focused on young people and digital technologies. Using the online consultation platform, young people from around the world shared their insights and experiences about their rights in the digital age. These insights formed the basis of the State of the World's Children report and highlight the need to minimize the risks while maximizing access to the benefits of digital technology.


State of the World’s Children Consultation 2019

In 2019, the Intergener8 and RErights teams will partner with UNICEF State of the World’s Children to develop a workshop methodology to be rolled out in 15 countries to gather data about adolescents’ and mothers’ experiences of child food and nutrition. The results of the consultation will inform the 2019 State of the World’s Children report, as well as a companion report.


Centre of Excellence for Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies

Members of the Intergener8 team are leading a research stream, Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age,  as part of the Centre of Excellence for Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS), led by Deakin University. Research will focus on developing a technology-based youth consultation platform for social wellbeing, the co-design of strategies to address violence through school and community-based education, and encouraging youth participation in decision-making for policy and practice in the field.


Smart Skilled Hired AND Diverse

In partnership with Navitas English, we are exploring the training and work experiences and aspirations for young people who have recently arrived, have refugee or refugee-like experiences. This will form the basis of the co-design of an employment program for young people in Western Sydney.


Wellbeing, Health and Youth (WH&Y)

From 2018 – 2022, our team will participate in the newly funded Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health (CRE). In collaboration with Intergener8 Living Lab, this research will bring together diverse young people, families, health consumers, researchers, policy makers and other community members to investigate the conditions, ethics and modalities of youth-engaged health research. Our aim is to directly inform priorities and practices in health research and address the challenges of embedding young people’s experiences in health research, policy and service design in the digital society.


Children and Social Media in the Gulf Area

Drawing on our unique Living Lab methodology to work with children and other key stakeholders, this project will explore how children are using digital media, identify the harms and benefits they may experience in doing so, and co-design strategies to minimize the risks of harm and maximize the opportunities of social media engagement.


Circles of Sustainability, Liverpool

In 2017, Intergener8 partnered with the Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre to understand the basic issues concerning the settlement of migrants and refugees, including examining resettlement supports for migrants and refugees with disability, in the Liverpool region of Western Sydney. The project applied the Circles of Social Life methodology, a holistic approach that supports cities, communities and organizations seeking to understand and act upon basic issues relevant to sustaining positive and vibrant social life, to chart the complexities of the region within the broad context of major social change - economic, ecological, political and cultural. The report provides a baseline map of these complexities in order for the Western Sydney MRC and other social service providers to best respond to settlement needs.


Invisible City

Together with young people, we’re building a different map of the city, an emotional map, and in doing so contributing to conversations about the future planning and design of cities. Because memories and experiences, emotions and aspirations–the invisible aspects of how places are lived–are as important as the visible aspects when it comes to understanding and imagining the city in new ways.


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Child-Centred Indicators for Violence Prevention

In partnership with Intergener8 Living Lab and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, this project will pilot a Living Lab process to bring children, young people and other key stakeholders together to develop child-­centred indicators of violence in one Pathfinding Country (the Philippines), which can then be scaled to other Pathfinding Countries in the Global Partnership’s network.


General Comment on Children and Digital Media

In 2018, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child voted to develop a General Comment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), on children and digital media. The General Comment will address the role of the digital across the 40+ substantive articles of the CRC. In order to inform this important piece of work, the Intergener8 team at Western Sydney University, in partnership with UNICEF and Digitally Connected, will work with young people around the world to elicit their insights and experiences of their rights in a digital age.


My Place

The core aim of this project is to design an interactive digital storybook website which will support families involved in out-of-home care (OOHC), also known as foster-care, to create individualised children’s storybooks depicting a child’s “life story”. The storybook will be designed to deliver Standard 10 (seeking to safely and appropriately support both the development of identity for children in care and have their life history recorded as they grow up) and Standard 12 (providing relevant and ongoing support to OOHC carers in order to provide quality care) of the National Standards for OOHC as a support tool for foster carers to help OOHC children nurture a positive sense of belonging and identity.


Lithgow Transition Hub

The Lithgow Transition Hub proposal is bringing together staff from across the University with external stakeholders to develop a framework and process to re-activate the University’s Lithgow site as a Just Transition hub. The project has generated six streams, each with an affiliated working group of University and external partners. The streams are: Gateway to Wiradjuri; Education for Life; Lithgow Sprint; Incubator and activator space; Health and wellbeing space; and Central coordination. The streams will inform the development of a strategy for site occupation and activation. Proposed activities include residencies, workshops, hacks, pop-up spaces, screenings and film nights, public lectures, performances, study groups, writing classes, and more.