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ECU alumna Cathy Burke has spent two decades travelling the world to help end hunger.

A likely leader

Cathy Burke is a woman whose inspirational leadership at the helm of The Hunger Project saw her lauded as a 'global change-maker'. It seems inconceivable, then, that she started her university degree with no thought for her future.


Big data: research by the numbers

How many festival-goers have previously used ecstasy? How many female athletes are iron deficient? We dive into the data to answer these questions and more.

L-R: Aboriginal Brain Injury Coordinator Rebecca Clinch with brain injury survivor Justin Kickett.

Brain rehab to bridge the gap

A decade-long investment in research and collaboration is bearing fruit for this ECU team and the stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors they’re committed to helping.

ECU student project CyberCheck.Me helps educate small businesses.

Arming small business in the fight against cyber crims

More than two in five cyber crimes in Australia target small business. But most small business owners never give their cyber security any thought.

ECU University Librarian Constance Wiebrands.

Five minutes with… Constance Wiebrands

Constance Wiebrands has witnessed the rapid shift of libraries from monuments that once housed tomes of print and paper to suppliers of the expansive online collections of today.

Do not joke

Life hacks

Improve your life by following six simple tips from some of ECU's best health, business, education and psychology experts.

WAAPA third-year props and scenery student Samantha Knox. Photo by Stephen Heath.

The making of a musical

Take a look behind the curtain to discover what goes into making Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts' (WAAPA's) mid-year musical.


Time capsules beneath the sea

Protector of shipwrecks and buried treasure, custodian of environmental records and defender of prehistoric sites… seagrass is nature's secret keeper. Michelle Wheeler discovers what's hiding beneath the surface.

Seven healthy habits from ECU experts.

Seven healthy habits

The information age has so overwhelmed us with countless ways to lie longer, stronger and happier, it’s no wonder we sometimes feel we’ve fallen short. Keep it simple with these expert tips for better living, writes Julie Hosking.

ECU experts talk about voluntary assisted dying.

In the end, it's complicated

In Australia and around the world, governments are grappling with the many fraught issues attached to voluntary assisted dying. Talking about death is still seen as taboo but, as ECU experts argue, it’s a conversation we should all be having.

ECU PhD candidate Carmen Jacques.

Life after terror

When Carmen Jacques visited the site of the Bali bombings, the emotional impact was achingly raw. It led her to document the trauma of four people touched by terror globally.

What can kids teach us, if only we’d ask?

Are we underestimating our kids?

Children often know more, feel more and are more cognitively capable than adults give them credit. Edith magazine explores the mounting evidence that shows when given the opportunity, kids have a lot they can teach us.

Member for Cowan, Dr Anne Aly MP

Where are they now?

Taking on a PhD commands a huge commitment from students to produce a large and complex body of work examining a unique idea. Edith Magazine speaks to four ECU graduates whose theses have taken them in some surprising directions.

Big data cycling

Big data: Research by the numbers

How much faster can cyclists sprint using a forward-standing position? How many kids are hospitalised each day for sports injuries? We dive into the data to answer these questions and more.

While there are a lot of good uses for drones, criminals have been quick to catch on to their capabilities.

How we’re fighting back when drones attack

Aerial drones have the potential to cause damage and disruption far in excess of what their relatively low price tag would suggest. With Australia’s aviation watchdog estimating the country is home to more than 120,000 drones, how can we combat the threat of an attack?

Melanoma blood cells.

Stalking a stealthy killer

Australia recently regained the unenviable title of the melanoma capital of the world, knocking New Zealand off the top spot. But Australian researchers are also leading the way in developing a blood test that can catch the deadly cancer in its early stages, before it has a chance to spread around the body.

Professor Address Malata winner of the ECU Distinguished Alumni Award

Awardable alumni

A performing artist, a young entrepreneur, the founder of a teacher college in Ghana and the head of a Malawian university are ECU’s inaugural Alumni Award winners who are making an impact locally, nationally and abroad.

ECU computer science student Georgia Maher

Five minutes with Georgia Maher

Computer science student Georgia Maher is one of a growing number of women studying in this traditionally male-dominated field. Edith magazine finds out what makes her tick.

ECU exercise and sports scientist Dr James Croft

Hardcore parkour

Scrambling up walls, sprinting along rooftops and jumping off buildings are all part of the sport of parkour. As well as being exhilarating to watch, Dr James Croft explains how studying parkour can help us better understand how we navigate our environment in everyday life.

Letting go of an old grudge

Life hacks

Improve your life by following six simple tips from some of ECU’s best health, tourism and psychology experts.

WAAPA Professor Geoffrey Lancaster

Restoring the sounds of melodies past

In 2016, Australia’s first piano found a new home at ECU. Three years on, thanks to community support, this national treasure has embarked on its next journey.

10.18pm, Alaska, Caribbean Sea, 2014

Behind the drag scene

ECU PhD graduate Dr Claire Alexander is a visual ethnographer whose photography encompasses the Perth and international drag community.

Visual Arts students get creative at Mount Lawley Campus.

Life through the lens

Photomedia students Atanga Mungandi, Michael Angelo Gomez and Alec Thomas captured life on ECU’s three campuses in the second week of Semester 2, 2018.

A young girl and boy in a classroom with a teacher.

Big data: Research by the numbers

What do students really think of their teachers? What proportion of young people use their mobile phones while driving? We dive into the data to answer these questions and more.

WAAPA Researcher Luzita Fereday stands holding flags from several countries.

Mastering the art of an accent

Nobody notices a good accent, but a bad accent can ruin a show. Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts researcher Luzita Fereday explains how she makes sure actor accents are on point.

Person wearing a backpack standing in front of a pine forest

The problem with pine

It’s one of our most popular timbers – but pine presents an increasingly knotty problem.

Camels walking along Broome beach in the golden evening light.

Tourists Wanted – How WA can get beyond the Quokka

Despite all the natural advantages of WA, the State still struggles to attract international tourists, writes Rob Payne. So what needs to be done?

Self portrait of Sarah Searle

Turning a new page

Perth's small but thriving comic scene is a place where independent artists are beginning to make their mark in new and diverse ways.

International man of mystery Wilson Msiska.

5 minutes with Wilson Msiska

International Account Manager Wilson Msiska’s sense of style and fashion gives him the confidence to navigate the world.

Woman in sports wear standing with her hands on her hips stretching her back.

Life Hacks

Improve your life by following six simple tips from some of ECU’s best health, tourism and education experts.

WAAPA graduate Amy Manford

An exceptional talent

Pole vaulting and operatic singing are strange bedfellows. But for soprano Amy Manford, the two stand at opposite ends on the continuum of her award-winning success – from gold medals in pole vaulting and rhythmic gymnastics at the Australian National Championships to landing the female lead in The Phantom of the Opera for her debut at London’s West End.

Professor Steve Chapman CBE and Ana Victoria Neves stand with a wheelbarrow full of the plastic bottles they hope will disappear from ECU’s campuses in coming years.

ECU bottles it for the better

A student-led campaign to rid the world of single-use plastics has taken its first step at ECU.

Two men dressed in a suit and tie with a loudspeaker as a head

The art of communication in the workplace

Communication is key to keeping any relationship running smoothly – and workplace relationships are no exception, writes Rob Payne.

The risks of Artificial Intelligence need to be taken seriously.

The secrets your body gives away

Eye-tracking and facial recognition technology could offer new ways to help detect disease. But unless we're careful, they could also spell the end to privacy as we know it.

Optus Stadium.

Beyond Utopia

WA is at a crossroads for infrastructure, with hopes a new independent organisation will reshape the planning agenda as well as the skyline of Perth.

Self driving, autonomous smart cars ride the roads.

The future has arrived and it looks smart

The concept of a smart city may conjure visions of a Jetsons-inspired city of the future, but many features of what makes a city smart are already part of everyday life.

Design by Lynne Neil. Image courtesy of Songy Knox.

Everything old is new again

ECU Contemporary Fashion student eco designs include repurposed tablecloths, reworked woven cloth, hand-printed natural dyes and zero-waste cutting methods, however Course Coordinator Justine McKnight says sustainable fashion is not just about using recycled or repurposed materials.

Eat your greens! Photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash

Life Hacks

Get ahead with lessons for your life from how tea and plants can help your health and busting a common misconception around video games all backed up by ECU research.

John Hurney

Five minutes with John Hurney

John Hurney has been helping to "grease the wheels" for ECU's Motorsports Team since 2006.

20% of burglars are stealing for food.

Big Data: Research by the numbers

Why do burglars break into houses? Does anyone even use exercise equipment in public parks? We delve into the data to answer these questions and more.

The Study Hard Play Hard program aims to inspire children to pursue higher education

Community: Gains from the game

A football science program that engages young indigenous players with life at university is having implications that extend beyond the game.

Photojournalist Claire Martin's work has been featured in Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Monocle magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Time.

Alumni: A world of different perspectives

In the 14 years since graduating from ECU, renowned photojournalist Claire Martin's passion for social and environmental causes has taken her around the world.

Associate Professors Greg Haff and Sophia Nimphius, Brennen Irvine and Drs Fadi Ma'ayah and Jodie Cochrane Wilkie. Photo: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Times.

Getting the world on its game

In the hyper competitive world of professional sport, science is the key to staying ahead of the competition.

Dr Jamal Barnes

The genealogy of torture

It sounds like the worst kind of horror novel, but a new book on the genealogy of the torture taboo by Dr Jamal James is anything but.

Journalism student Vanessa Vlajkovic

5 minutes with Vanessa Vlajkovic

A curiosity about the world and a desire to inform society are two reasons why Vanessa Vlajkovic, a deafblind student, decided to study journalism at ECU.

Emma Matthews is WAAPA's new Head of Classical Voice.

5 minutes with Emma Matthews

WAAPA's new Head of Classical Voice is returning to the place where her career began to teach performance.

Food Rescue Manager Julie Broad and a Food Rescue volunteer with the food carts in Perth's CBD.

Winning the war on waste

Australians throw away about $8 billion worth of food every year. ECU researchers explain how we all have a role to play in the war on food waste.

Reading material closer than 30cm to your face increases your chances of developing myopia, or short-sightedness.

Life Hacks

Improve your health, protect your home and secure your data by following these simple tips from Edith Cowan University researchers.

John Stallwood turned a passion for beer into a career.

Cheers, John

Perth brewer John Stallwood started with a home brew kit and an ECU marketing degree. He turned an experiment into a career — but the path to success has not been an easy one.

Collecting data on sea ice requires a whole new perspective on research according to Dr Viena Puigcorbé Lacueva.

Hunting iron in sea ice

Months-long research trips across the world’s oceans are just part of the job for Dr Viena Puigcorbé Lacueva. Find out about the challenges of research on sea ice and glaciers of Antarctica.

Angela Genoni is researching how the Paleo diet affects the microbiome.

Go with your gut

There are currently millions of organisms living in your gut. ECU researchers explain how these tiny creatures play a big role in your overall health.

Calan Williams works hard both on and off the track.

Driving for the distance

To reach pole position, racing prodigy Calan Williams knew he had to be at his best both on and off the track.

ECU's cyber security experts are some of the best in the business.

What it takes to win unconventional wars

In the wars of the future, our IT capability will matter just as much as tanks and warships. ECU's cyber security experts discuss winning the cyber wars.

ECU researcher and grandmother Dr Donell Holloway says policies need to be updated to protect children's privacy.

I spy the internet of toys

Many modern toys are internet connected devices that can harvest data from unsuspecting children.  ECU researchers explore the risks, but also the potential benefits of the internet of toys.

Grandparents who care for their grandchildren live up to 5 years longer according to ECU research. Photo by Daniela Rey on Unsplash,

Big Data: research by the numbers

Take a look at the numbers behind ECU's world-leading research. How can grandparents live longer and how can we improve kids' knowledge of fractions.

Image by Jack Allen

Tales of the city

For emerging photographers, photo books still have an important place in the age of Instagram and Facebook.

ECU’s final year photomedia students produce a photographic monograph that may include work they have done during their three years of study as well as exploring new themes and ideas.

Kashif Saleem

Tracking Saleem’s Success

ECU business alumnus Kashif Saleem has turned a good idea into a thriving company.


Research by the numbers

Take a look at some of ECU's world-class research laid out by the numbers.

Dr Syed Islam

Could a selfie catch a sleeping killer?

We can teach a computer to recognise signs of deadly disease, just by showing it a picture of your face. Find out how AI is improving medical diagnosis.

Michael Genovese

Take a new direction

A snap decision to start a postgraduate degree in broadcasting has led to Michael Genovese becoming one of the most recognisable faces on our TV screens. Read how postgraduate study is transforming the careers – and lives – of people like Michael.

Busselton Beach Resort's Mark Jacobsen walks part of the Port Geographe beaches clear of seaweed.

Saving Busselton's Beaches

Mountains of rotting seaweed caused an almighty stink for residents of Busselton in WA's South West - but ECU researchers were a big part of the solution.

Adam Johnson wants to make Bunbury more accessible.

How we're helping make Bunbury more accessible

PhD candidate Adam Johnson is working with people with disabilities to help solve their problems with accessibility.

What is love?

The Big Question - How do we find love?

How do we find love in the modern world? Three ECU experts give their take on  how trust, science and society influence how we find love.

There are more than 50,000 Australian families where grandparents are the primary carers of their grandchildren.

The changing face of families

As society changes, our families are changing too. Yet in the modern world, is there such a thing as a "typical" family?

Helen Seiver 'Adding Absence' 2016. Photo by Stephanie Lloyd Smith.

Artworks tell the story of WA's hidden shame

A new exhibition at ECU is exploring the emotionally fraught subject of mothers who killed their children in colonial Western Australia.

Guinea pig

An everyday sacrifice that saves lives

Behind every extraordinary advancement in medicine stand ordinary people who have volunteered time, blood and more for the greater good. Meet some of the volunteers who help make medical science happen.

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