Big problems need lots of little solutions

Aidan Craney, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, discusses some of the challenges in providing quick solutions to complex problems.  For the better part of the last six months I have been between Fiji and Solomon Islands, conducting fieldwork for my PhD. My research focuses on questions of youth livelihoods in the Pasifika region, where a youth bulge is prevalent. Roughly 20 per cent of the … Continue reading Big problems need lots of little solutions

Sustained hygiene behaviour change in Nepal: Evaluation of a Red Cross project in Kotgaun, VDC

By Celia McMichael, Institute for Human Security & Social Change and Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University In order to plan and implement hygiene interventions with sustained impact, we need to better understand what triggers and supports people to sustain hygiene behaviours. There is limited conclusive evidence on hygiene behaviour change, but it is clear that health messaging alone is a poor motivator for … Continue reading Sustained hygiene behaviour change in Nepal: Evaluation of a Red Cross project in Kotgaun, VDC

New research method: developing metaphors

This post was originally published as a news item by the DLP. An original research method developed by IHSSC research fellow Dr Gillian Fletcher is included in a new handbook for social science researchers published this month. Author Dr Helen Kara uses Gillian’s work with metaphor elicitation as an example of creativity in research in Chapter 5 of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A … Continue reading New research method: developing metaphors