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Our Research

CCCR’s research and innovation is based on four programmatic pillars:

These areas of specialty inform our cross-cutting themes of:

  • creative writing and the ethics of representation;
  • the poetics of cultural heritage in a digital environment;
  • Indigenous narratives and inclusion;
  • creative interventions for sustainable futures; and
  • creative practice and health.

View our current and past funded research projects.


Arts and Health

This program focuses on the ways in which creative practice can contribute to enhancing wellbeing and to recovery from exposure to traumatic experience. Researchers employ a health humanities approach to engage with individuals, communities and health professionals.

Future Heritage

The Future Heritage program recognises heritage as a rapidly evolving field of contemporary cultural practices. It focuses on research that maps and describes changing forms of practice and participation, and on practical collaborations with cultural institutions and communities that conserve and enliven tangible and intangible heritage and build new forms of heritage.

International Poetry Studies

International Poetry Studies (IPSI) conducts research related to poetry and publishes and promulgates the outcomes of this research internationally. International Poetry Studies aims to develop new communities of poetry and to make new links between poets wherever they are. It aims to celebrate the complexity and variety of poetry and, while doing so, to bring poetry to the attention of as wide an audience as possible.

Story, People, Place

This program focuses on creative responses to the diverse challenges facing individuals, communities and the environment. Researchers engage with these challenges through creative practice that generates sustainable responses. Projects focus on: play and creativity; interventions for sustainable futures and Indigenous narrative and inclusion.