UNESCO Observatory on Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts and Social Sciences in the Asia Pacific Regions

Ms Lindy Joubert
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The UNESCO Observatory on Multi-disciplinary Research in the Arts has recently been established in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. UNESCO has achieved countless projects and works for the benefit of humanity. The UNESCO Observatory in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning will focus on research for the future benefit of society at all levels and across all areas. Children, young people and adults across the region will experience a positive impact of this initiative as the effectiveness of the arts are now being recognised as mechanisms for overcoming disaffection, exclusion, marginalisation and poverty. The Observatory will crystallise through research the success and sustainability of arts programs across a multi-disciplinary field. This will have flow-on effects through UNESCO Member States to overcome enormous spending by governments on health, social services and in the long-term return a good investment to communities.

The Observatory encourages flexible, collaborative arrangements in the social sciences in matters of direct importance to the public interest, while facilitating networks for significant research, teaching collaborations and initiatives in the Asia and Pacific region. The UNESCO Observatory is engaging in activities that cross faculty and disciplinary divisions, drawing on the combined expertise of unique teams of national and internationally recognised researchers. The Observatory’s focus crosses over the areas of the social sciences, social planning, IT, health, well-being, culture, heritage, arts practices, community arts practice, research methodology, philosophy, ethics and program evaluation across pure, strategic, applied and action research.

The Observatory will collect and disseminate best practice case studies from formal and non-formal education systems. The scope of this Observatory has a holistic approach to the use of the social sciences with different artistic disciplines. The arts programs and research activities are currently targeting the promotion of community health and well-being through involvement in community and group activities; providing access to supportive relationships at the individual, organisational, community and societal levels. Linkages with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Australia’s largest NGO committed to fighting poverty and disaffection is providing means for developing skills and vocational opportunities for marginalised young people.

The Observatory is organising its research and associated work beyond our national border into the wider regional cultural area of the Asian and Pacific region. Collaborations with international researchers are encouraged to support the Observatory, amounting to strategic leveraging of research that will continue to grow. Reaching out to the Asian and Pacific regions through the UNESCO Observatory will be a concrete step encompassing all the arts in the sciences, IT, culture and heritage linking with health, ethical and philosophical concerns, education, social policy and planning. This will not be a passive secretariat but an Observatory actively engaging in research, facilitating work, and utilising everyone’s capacity on a local, national, regional and international platform.

The strength of the Observatory lies in UNESCO itself, an organisation with the widest range of connection to associated schools, clubs, organisations, governments, ministries, NGO’s etc. through the Member States. The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne, with our partners and collaborators, will provide a much needed research operation in the Asian and Pacific regions

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Ms Lindy Joubert

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architechure, Building Planning, University of Melbourne

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