Why does research matter?
It’s a question which underpins the value we place on knowledge, as we work to discover new ways to think, extend our understanding of the world around us and seek to advance society.
Knowledge and our response to it shapes what we do and how we live, influencing the quality of our lives.
And just as the universe is constantly changing, so too is our knowledge of it.
That’s why Flinders University will never stop fearlessly researching the things that matter.
In this edition of Fearless Research, you’ll hear from a wide-ranging array of our innovative researchers who are uncovering the truths behind some of the world’s most pressing concerns.
From the dirt beneath our feet that is home to nearly 60% of the world’s species, Associate Professor Martin Breed is making important connections between the health of an ecosystem and the health of the soil upon which the system relies.
Amidst the increasing use, manufacture and trafficking of illicit drugs, Associate Professor Caitlin Hughes is examining the alternatives to criminalisation for drug use and possession, to uncover a fresh solution for a growing epidemic.
The growing national concern of our relationship to digital technology is being addressed by Associate Professor Daniel King, who is investigating how a person’s use of their phone, especially in online gaming, may help identify people at risk of technology addiction.
Professor Melissa Brown is finding ways to disable bacteria’s ability to fight antibiotics, while Professor Robert Edwards is using sewerage as an unlikely ally in the battle against multi-drug resistant microbes.
As you delve into these stories and more in this edition of Fearless Research, I hope they inspire you to continue your own pursuit of fearless knowledge in your own lives.
It has been an honour to work alongside the fearless researchers of Flinders University for the last eight years, and I look forward to seeing the remarkable work they do and the positive impact they have on our lives continue well into the future.