Social Change and Liveability (SCL) Hub

We explore a wide range of issues including climate change, energy, transport, water, resource use, land use, conservation, cities and communities, business and lifestyles. Our hub goes further to apply the behavioural sciences to benefit people and society, bringing an understanding of psychological concepts to support positive behaviour change for individuals, groups and organisations. Making a positive difference. Every day. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States
Research Themes

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
We address the urgent need to accelerate the global response to climate change and build resilience. We integrate environmental, social science, and human geography disciplines and apply quantitative, qualitative, experimental, and modelling approaches in interdisciplinary teams and in collaboration with communities and research users.

Everyday Lives
We try to understand how everyday practices have formed, and how they vary across social groups, countries and cultures, which is critical for encouraging sustainable consumption. We examine the ways in which everyday lives and social practices have come to take their particular form. We explore the infrastructures, institutions, technologies and cultural meanings that make practices significant to people.

Working towards Sustainability
We work to improve understanding of consumption and production processes, in order to help make consumption practices and business models more sustainable. We look at the interactions between individual consumers, firms and other organisations over time – seeking to understand why they sometimes recur in the same way, but at other times are receptive to change. This understanding allows us to drive the transition towards sustainability while satisfying human needs.

Research Hub Members
Brendon Ban
Eric Chang
Ayngaran Ganesan
Research enquiries

Brendon Ban
Managing Director, Research and Development