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The Edith Cowan Centre for Global Issues (C-Global) focuses on the delivery of high-impact research to solve world challenges in partnership with international organisations and researchers.

C-Global brings together expertise from across ECU for multidisciplinary, collaborative projects with national and international partners. Established in 2015 and based in the School of Arts and Humanities, the Centre has a wide remit to stimulate and foster new research, promote and profile ECU cooperative research excellence, and build capacity in targeted research areas including through mentoring early career researchers.

The Centre’s research program has five key areas:

  • Global Identity and Citizenship
  • Social Transformations and Impacts
  • Digital Knowledge and Innovation
  • Environmental Pasts and Futures
  • Australia in the World


C-Global’s research projects and engagement activities investigate contemporary global issues across diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.

Our focus is on international relations, global communication, and social change, with research topics ranging from migration, extremism and human rights to online communities and social media. In collaboration with ECU eResearch, C-Global is a centre for research in digital humanities and social sciences, including in open science innovation and education, digital culture and politics, online identity and privacy, interactivity and serious games, and environmental digital humanities.

Recent projects have received funding from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Project partners include the University of Cologne (Germany); Huygens ING (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences); Austrian Academy of Sciences; Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (India); the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) consortium, University of Victoria, British Columbia (Canada); School of Criminal Law and Counterterrorism at Swansea University (Wales); and Hedayah, the international countering violent extremism organisation (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates). The Centre is a participant in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Global Research Network and has partnered with Google for research relating to online radicalisation. C-Global is also a member of centerNet, the worldwide network of digital research centres.

The Edith Cowan Centre for Global Issues regularly organises and sponsors workshops, conferences and exchanges, hosts visitors and profiles ECU research in international forums.


If you would like to discuss collaborative research opportunities or postgraduate study, please contact:

Professor Paul Arthur


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