Members of the Environmental and Social Justice Research Group (ESJ) at Charles Sturt University are social researchers from a diverse range of academic, professional and research backgrounds.

We are passionate about working for social change, psychosocial wellbeing, community resilience and environmental justice.

We do this by

  • Co-creating research in partnership with community members, government and non-government organisations, and other researchers
  • Focusing on action-based outcomes and capacity-building
  • Using innovative strengths-based, decolonising approaches, and
  • Sharing our research to transform knowledge and practice.

Real world outcomes include:

  • Evaluations, needs analysis, surveys
  • Submission-writing, funding applications, reports
  • Service delivery models
  • Policy development
  • Community consultation, forums and events
  • Professional development workshops
  • Research publications and presentations.

Our social research explores

  • Wellbeing e.g. health, mental health, ability and disability
  • Gender equity
  • Cultural diversity and multicultural communities
  • Development across the lifespan e.g. healthy ageing, children, family and youth welfare
  • Regional and rural communities
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Disaster resilience
  • Professional practice
  • And other focus areas.

We are guided by Charles Sturt University’s ethos:

Yindyamarra Winhanganha

The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in

and Charles Sturt University’s motto:

For the public good

In partnership with the Gender and Feminist Studies Network

Our approach to research and community engagement as well as our research outcomes align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals