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By on October 6, 2020

The University of Western Australia








35 Stirling Highway
Perth 6009

+61 8 6488 6000

Official Focal Point
Dr Paul J. Maginn

Alternate Focal Point
Professor Amanda Davies

Authority approving the partnership
Tayyeb Shah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships)



The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. It has almost 24,000 students enrolled across four faculties. A model of broad undergraduate studies followed by postgraduate professional qualifications is designed to produce well-rounded graduates, as well as provide additional entry opportunities for a wider range of students. UWA’s Mission 2030 is to provide world-class education, research and community engagement for the advancement of the prosperity and welfare of our communities.

UWA is the highest-ranked university in Western Australia and a world Top 100 University (85th in ARWU 2020 and 92nd in QS 2020). As a research-intensive institution, UWA is part of the Group of Eight, a coalition of top research universities in the country.

The UWA School of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education (FABLE) more broadly are home not only to traditional disciplines that support the goals of UN-Habitat but also facilitates engagement across a range of cross-disciplinary research areas, including Geography and Planning, Anthropology and Sociology, and, Social Equity and Justice. Together they house a number of research centres/clusters, including:
• UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC),
• Centres for Muslim States and Societies;
• Migration, Mobilities and Belonging Research Cluster;
• UWA Social Care and Social Aging Living Lab;
• Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC);
• Centre for Regional Development (CRD); and,
• Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC).

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
• Training and capacity building around: (i) international development; (ii) climate change; (iii) migration; and (iv) urban planning and development with particular emphasis in the Indian Ocean Rim region;
• Research partnerships and collaboration on: (i) Future Cities; (ii) Urban Governance; (iii) Climate Change and Resilience; (iv) Gender and Diversity; and (v) Regional Development fields;
• Student exchange and field-based experiences in urban development settings; and
• Review and academic input into urban development and planning methodologies, especially in relation to the New Urban Agenda and SDG11.
Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Water
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Mobility
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Gender
  • Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Capacity Development