International collaboration in the higher education sector has increased rapidly over the past decade. Recent figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development show that between 2003 and 2012 the US saw a 33 per cent increase in the percentage of scientific documents produced through international collaboration, while more than 45 per cent of all scientific... Read More »
The over-arching focus of the PLuS Alliance is sustainability. The Alliance aims to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges and has identified the following five key themes in which its expertise and focus will be utilised through learning and research:
Informed urbanisation ties the newly emerging power of computational analytics and spatial modelling – or City Science as it’s become known – into the newly available mass data that can be accessed through government open data policies, large scale business data gathering as well as novel forms of ubiquitous data generation through portable devices and sensors scattered across our built environments. Making sense and making use of the vast quantities of digital data now available on all aspects of urban life has become a major task in itself. In achieving this goal, the PLuS Alliance draws on the combined skills and expertise across our three institutions to collectively address the issues thrown up by mass urbanisation. It provides a multi-disciplinary capacity using the range of skills across the Alliance to create world-leading research to on the processes of contemporary urbanisation. By harnessing the newly emerging power of computational spatial analytics and big urban data with nuanced social science and policy analysis, we will aim to transform our capacity to better understand the key drivers of urbanisation and thereby inform the policy responses required to enhance urban liveability, resilience, productivity, equity and wellbeing.
Global Health & Wellbeing
Global health is concerned with rethinking the meaning of health and wellbeing in the context of globalisation. It is concerned with research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. In 2015, countries adopted a set of goals and targets to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable agenda for the next 15 years. The 3rd of the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals is to ‘ensure healthy lives and to promote well-being for all at all ages’. The document argues that ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development, and that efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.
Environmental sustainability is the need to ensure that the components and processes of the natural world are not diminished and continue to provide human populations with ecosystem goods and services as well as maintaining ecosystems in their own right. In this sense, environmental sustainability aims to meet the needs of humans for access to environmental resources for the survival of both current and future generations of humans, and to sustain biodiversity across the globe. Environmental sustainability is an inherently interdisciplinary concept, with interacting economic, ecological, technological, socio-political, philosophical, governance and legal dimensions. These interacting dimensions are key in both determining the goals of environmental sustainability and in crafting suitable and effective policy responses. In terms of responses, there is a wide range of opportunities to explore where human resourcefulness and strategic thinking can focus on reducing our demands and on maintaining and improving key natural resources of air, water, energy, land and biodiversity.
Technology and Innovation
The technological innovation system is a concept developed within the scientific field ofinnovationstudies which serves to explain the nature and rate of technological change. A Technological Innovation System can be defined as ‘a dynamic network of agents interacting in a specific economic/industrial area under a particular institutional infrastructure and involved in the generation, diffusion, and utilization of technology’. The approach may be applied to at least three levels of analysis: to a technology in the sense of a knowledge-field, to a productor to an artefact, or to a set of related products and artefacts aimed at satisfying a particular (societal) function’. With respect to the latter, the approach has especially proven itself in explaining why and how sustainable (energy) technologies have developed and diffused into a society, or have failed to do so.
The three members of the PLuS Alliance are top tier research universities and educational leaders. It is by leveraging the combination of our expertise and strengths that we will be able to impact and address global challenges, improving lives around the world.
871,000+ combined alumni worldwide
10,000 combined educators and researchers
Our Global Reach
ASU has been named the most innovative university in the US thanks, in part, to its focus on use-inspired research in sustainability, defence, emergency management and science and technology. ASU has an impressive track record in delivering digital immersion education programmes; it boasts more than 90 academic programmes entirely online.
ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
King’s College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2015/15 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England.
King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in humanities, health and medicine, law, sciences and social science, including international affairs. Its research has helped shaped modern life from the discovery of DNA structure to development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar technology.
UNSW Australia is a recognised leader in innovation, focusing on areas critical to the future from climate change, renewable technologies and sustainable cities to business, public health and human rights. Its solar cell engineers hold world records for converting sunlight into electricity, and its quantum physicists are leading the race to build the world’s first quantum computer in silicon. UNSW has unparalleled industry links, and produces more technology entrepreneurs and top CEOs than any other Australian university.