About the Centre

The Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW) is a university research centre focusing on the nexus between cultural diversity and human wellbeing.

If you are interested in becoming a part of CCDW, you can join the centre to become a member or affiliate if you are a VU staff member or a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student.

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Our news

Some of our staff have been highlighted in the news for their work in cultural diversity and wellbeing.

Mario Peucker on Muslim citizenship and civic participation

Dr Mario Peucker, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CCDW, was a speaker at the recent Game Changers event on 8 October at VU MetroWest featuring Ilyasah Shabazz, the renowned US community activist, educator and advocate for the leadership and advancement of young people of African and Muslim heritage, and the daughter of Malcolm X. His research debunks misconceptions of Muslim participation in the community.

First regular VU columnist on The Conversation website

The past present and future of cycling is the latest in a number of cycling related articles that Associate Professor Craig Fry has written for The Conversation website. Associate Professor Craig Fry is VU's first dedicated columnist to the site.

Publication shortlisted for award

Food and the Self has been shortlisted for the Educational Publishing Awards in Australia, under the ‘Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Scholarly Resource’ category. The award is run by the Australian Publishers Association, which represents all Australian publishers and has considerable influence in promoting books to universities and libraries.

Recent publications

Dr Solier's book Food and the Self: Consumption, Production and Material Culture explores theoretical questions around the material culture of food, particularly for those for whom food is central to their self: 'foodies'.

Professor Michele Grossman and Dr Hussein Tahiri’s groundbreaking research report, Community and Radicalisation: an examination of perceptions, ideas, beliefs and solutions throughout Australia, is the first study since 9/11 to provide community perspectives on radicalisation and extremism in Australia. Funded by the Australian government (Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee) and drawing on a national sample of 537 participants from both government and local communities around the nation, this research has significantly influenced current strategies and approaches to minimising the risk of violent extremism in Australia.

A team of 5 CCDW researchers led by Professor Michele Grossman has recently concluded an independent review of cross-cultural education and training of police commissioned by Victoria Police as part of their Community Consultation process in 2013. Learning to Engage: A Review of Victoria Police Cross-Cultural Training Practices is based on extensive research, community submissions and police interviews, and will inform a reinvigorated approach to educating police members around effective community engagement in the context of cultural and community diversity.

Professor Grossman's book Entangled Subjects: Indigenous/Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity is a subtle and complete account of one of the most significant periods of the production of Indigenous Australian writing to date.

Our work

Our work is interdisciplinary and intercultural. It informs policy and practice in meaningful ways at local, regional, national and transnational levels. We use rigorous, best-practice multi-method approaches for conducting qualitative and quantitative research in the humanities and social sciences.

The Centre sits within the College of Arts and has a strong focus on building partnerships with other organisations, from Melbourne's west to international networks.