School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Using sport to promote social change

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Sport is a powerful tool.  Participation can promote health education, empowerment, social inclusion, poverty reduction and even peace and conflict resolution. At UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine, our team is engaging in initiatives that use sport as a means to create social change.

Sport for social change (SFSC) initiatives have been growing steadily for the last three decades and are recognised by the establishment of a number of UN Resolutions, diverse international networks and the United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace.

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine is a globally leading institute that engages in the practice, learning and teaching of SFSC initiatives.  

Led by global expert Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste, our team researches the key areas of positive youth development, female empowerment, peacebuilding, special needs youth development, refugee and migrant support and settlement.  We oversee implementation research in Australia and Myanmar, doctoral studies in monitoring and evaluation, peace building social enterprise and post program impact.

Our team hosts the award winning program Football United and co-founded Australia’s first social enterprise supporting SFSC, Creating Chances. We also partner with the global networks streetfootballworld, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Beyond Sport.

In a world first, our team leads a global study on social enterprise as a sustainable funding mechanism for SFSC organisations to thrive.