This area identifies and examines the ways the Asian Century produces challenges and opportunities for children and young people in Australia and beyond.
Research explores how these challenges and opportunities shape children and young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.These concerns are situated in the context of global, national and local transformations that shape cultural, social, community and economic development and wellbeing.
Our research is principally concerned with understanding how equity, inclusion and justice can be understood in the Asian Century and how these challenges shape children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Our work relates to ideas about rights of children and young people. However, we move beyond a ‘rights discourse’ to also explore how individuals, families and organisations shape and experience cultural, sexual and gender diversity.
We question the global dominance of neoliberal policy settings and are committed to projects, policies and processes of knowledge production and transfer that will promote children and young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Research projects will focus on enhancing opportunities for children and young people, and those individuals, groups and organisations working with them. This will include work on families, communities, cultures, sexualities, gender, social class, education, play and work. We will explore new ways of thinking about flows of ideas and knowledge needed to promote social, cultural and community resilience in order to support young people’s roles in Australia’s cultural, social and economic development, and our engagement with the Asian region and beyond.