The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) is a University of Melbourne initiative that investigates how creativity and wellbeing intersect.

This page is our blog and podcast. For more information about the initiative visit our research page.

about

CAWRI's aim is to develop new frameworks and methods to better understand the link between creativity and wellbeing. CAWRI has initiated and funded a range of research projects examining the link between creativity and wellbeing in a variety of contexts. These projects are exploring how creative activities can:

  • help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and mental stresses;
  • help survivors of sexual trauma move towards post-traumatic growth;
  • help migrant communities navigate new social challenges;
  • help combat reductive stereotypes of women's ageing as a time of decline and loss;
  • and much more.

Our blog and podcast provide a platform for researchers in our network as well as others working in our theme area to connect with and communicate their research to a wider audience.

our team

Professor Jane Davidson

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Frederic Kiernan

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Associate Professor Clare Newton

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Professor Lindsay Oades

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Professor Peter Otto

Faculty of Arts

Professor Graham Sewell

Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Jenny Waycott

Arc Future Fellow Computing and Information Systems

Professor Martha Hickey

Chair of Obstetrics &

Gynaecology

Professor Jane Davidson

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Dr Frederic Kiernan

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Associate Professor Clare Newton

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Professor Lindsay Oades

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Professor Peter Otto

Faculty of Arts

Professor Graham Sewell

Faculty of Business and Economics

Dr Jenny Waycott

ARC Future Fellow School of Computing and Information Systems

Professor Martha Hickey

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

our team
Frederic Kiernan
CAWRI
Simeon Brekke
Cofounder, Partner
Annie Lueilwitz
Managing Editor
Reta Torphy
Managing Editor
Leo Bartell
Editor
Clem Onojeghuo
Senior Writer
Michal Legros
Senior Writer
Rosanna Ondricka
Writer
Alessandra Ortiz
Writer
Coby Gottlieb
Writer
Connect

If you are interested in contributing a blog post or doing a brief podcast for this page, please contact the CAWRI Research Coordinator Frederic Kiernan by email at kiernanf@unimelb.edu.au

To learn more about CAWRI or to connect with the initiative in other ways, you can also use the above contact details or visit our research page here.

To subscribe to our newsletter CAWRI News (4–5 issues per year), provide your email address in the subscription box at the bottom of this page.

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