Led by Associate Professor Diane Sivasubramaniam and Dr Sam Wilson, this research program examines the human, social and cultural implications of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, biotechnology and autonomous systems. 

We’re focused on questions such as: 

  • What are the consequences of new and emerging technologies on our relationships with ourselves, other people and autonomous systems? 
  • How will emerging technologies transform how we conceptualise rights and responsibilities, investigate crimes, make laws and achieve justice? 
  • How will emerging technologies affect work, careers and the psychology of working? How can individuals make sense of work in the context of technological change? 
  • What are the effects of emerging technologies on public trust in science and institutions? How is trust lost and how can it be promoted?  

Current projects and partnerships

In collaboration with the Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE), this project involves crowdsourcing teacher education students to design social innovations that address the perceptions of teaching as a low-status career choice. Using a digital platform (Crowdicity), we’re developing and evaluating problem and solution “ideas jams”.  

The project aims to: 

  • identify social innovations that could re-brand teaching with potential students who may choose it as a career, as well as those most likely to influence their decisions and the wider community 
  • disseminate for diffusion or commercialisation social innovations that may emerge from the Ideas Jams 
  • develop a multi-year ARC (Linkage) project building from the pilot and collaborate with the ACDE as the potential industry partner. 

In partnership with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), we’re developing inclusive forms of commemorating major fire events. Our research compares and contrasts how a past and present memorial site assists individuals to make sense of and learn from extreme events such as Ash Wednesday 1983 and Black Saturday 2009. It also allows us to explore how remembering the past can influence organisational future planning.

Completed projects and partnerships

An interdisciplinary team from sport, sustainability, development and international relations worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat to map the current alignment of national sport policy to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This resulted in the development of an online interactive dashboard that provides timely information to national partners on policy coherence and benchmarking across nations.  

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If your organisation would like to collaborate with us to solve a complex problem, or you simply want to contact our team, get in touch by calling +61 3 9214 8180 or emailing sii@swinburne.edu.au.

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