Dr Teresa Swist is Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Her transdisciplinary research explores creativity and the complexity of knowing, making and caring in the digital age. Teresa brings a systems-thinking approach to examining how societal change interrelates with digitally networked capabilities. She has extensive experience in theory-building, framework development, and participatory methodologies that advance imaginative possibilities and inclusive practices with people of diverse ages, backgrounds and expertise.
As part of the Wellbeing Health & Youth Centre of Research Excellence team, Teresa has co-produced the WH&Y Engagement Framework supporting ethical practices in adolescent health research and translation. She also co-led the establishment of the Wellbeing Health & Youth Commission: a group of young people at the heart of a collaborative approach to healthcare transformation. Teresa is currently undertaking a literature review on the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies in relation to adolescent healthcare. She is also exploring the health effects of urban settings and climate change, and the role that libraries play in supporting community wellbeing.
Teresa’s research highlights how societal innovations evolve in response to personal, local and global contexts, with the potential to both enable and constrain wellbeing. For example, emerging technologies offer novel ways to address inequities, however attention must be paid so that disparities are not reinforced. Teresa draws upon interdisciplinary studies (spanning cultural studies, media, education and design) to examine how learning from the past and present can create more sustainable futures.
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- Swist, T., Collin, P., Nguyen, B., Steinbeck, K., & Dawson, A. (2019). Wellbeing Health & Youth Engagement Framework. WH&Y Centre of Research Excellence, Australia.
- Swist, T & Collin, P 2017, 'Platforms, data and children's rights: Introducing a "networked capability approach"', New Media & Society, vol. 19, no. 5 pp. 671-685.
- Collin, P & Swist, T 2016, 'From products to publics? The potential of participatory design for research on youth, safety and well-being', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 305-318.