Monday, 19 April 2010
ECU researchers have officially launched the Social Justice Research Centre at a ceremony held on the Joondalup Campus.
Launched by the Honourable Dr Fred Chaney AO, the Centre conducts research with a focus on social justice, social inclusion, and wellbeing. The multidisciplinary Centre, includes researchers from areas including psychology, sociology, speech pathology, disability studies, children and family studies, youth work studies, women’s studies, counselling, and community studies.
ECU's Foundation Chair in Social Justice, Professor Caroline Taylor said researchers within the Centre work in partnership with the community, government and other organisations on a range of projects.
"Our aim is to become recognised nationally and internationally as a centre for excellence in social justice research."
Since its initial opening in 2009, the Centre has played a pivotal role in research by hosting seminars on topics including democratic policy, prison incarceration rates and criminal justice as well as initiating key projects such as Happy, Healthy Women: Not Just Survivors.
Headed up by Professor Taylor and ECU Research Associate, Dr Judith Pugh, the Happy, Healthy Women project aims to highlight the long-term physical and psychological health of women who have experienced sexual trauma.
"Researchers from the Centre have produced research that has directly influenced state and federal policy and law reform," said Professor Taylor."Human rights, the dignity and integrity of all persons and their right to live and be part of a society where they can develop to their full potential are core principles that drive our researchers at the Social Justice Research Centre."