A primary focus for the Consortium will be to examine how rights principles and a rights agenda can be translated to communities at the local level.
A primary focus for the consortium will be to examine how rights principles and a rights agenda can be translated to communities at the local level. Photo: Ryoji Iwata

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The UQ Human Rights Consortium (HRC), located as part of the Global Change Institute, is a transdisciplinary hub that will lead research and engagement in the defense of human rights and Indigenous people's rights in a climate-constrained world. By creating cross-disciplinary understandings of the ways these rights are mediated by climate change and resource constraint, the HRC will contribute to public debates and policy responses in Australia, and internationally.

Climate change is a global phenomenon, yet the politics of climate change and inequalities of capitalist development in a climate-constrained world intersect to shape local experiences and outcomes. The climate crisis also intersects with crises in food, finance and global resource constraint, driving new risks and forms of injustice, especially for Indigenous communities.

The HRC will aim to work directly with Indigenous and other community organisations nationally and internationally to understand – and respond – to the rights and justice issues emerging in our climate-constrained world. A primary focus for the consortium will be to examine how rights principles and a rights agenda can be translated to communities at the local level. The consortium is cross-disciplinary; galavinising UQ expertise in law, social and political science, anthropology, economics, environmental science and climate change to create new knowledge that is unencumbered by old thinking constrained by borders.

Situated within UQ’s Global Change Institute, the HRC aims to support embedding rights-based research across the university where there is interest, encouraging deep engagement with human rights issues, and bolstering UQ’s impact and engagement in human rights, including Indigenous people's rights.

The consortium is being established to:

  • Provide a transdisciplinary home for scholars, students and community groups engaged in research on human rights and Indigenous rights issues
  • Host workshops and seminar series for students, staff, industry and government professionals
  • Host visiting scholars
  • Publish reports, parliamentary submissions, policy briefs and other outputs to ensure high-level impacts, including shaping public and policy debates
  • Provide cross-disciplinary supervision for post-graduate students
  • Regular blog and commentary on relevant issues
  • Host monthly brown-bag lunches

As a top-50 ranked global university with a world-renowned transdisciplinary academic and teaching community, UQ is strategically placed to house the UQ Human Rights Consortium. The focus of work within the consortium will sit at the intersection of (i) human rights law and economics, (ii) Indigenous issues, and (iii) the environment and climate change.

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For more information, contact Associate Professor Kristen Lyons  07) 3365 2020.

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