Guiding Principles

The 2023-28 Strategic Research Plan is shaped by the substantial challenges that touch every part of our cultural, social, ecological, political, economic, and infrastructural systems.

From the global pandemic to the climate crisis to the ongoing impacts of colonialism, systemic racism, and gender discrimination, it is essential for ECU to set strategic commitments and guiding principles that can help to deliver meaningful engagement across research, knowledge dissemination, and training.

Our guiding principles will inform the way our academic community works together through collaboration and care to ensure the next stage of research at ECU builds more diverse, dynamic, and transformative opportunities for excellence across art, media, and design practices.

To this end, research at ECU will explore some of society's most pressing questions and challenges by centring the following Guiding Principles.

Equity, diversity and inclusion
Environmental sustainability, ecological justice, and climate action
Critical and creative practices as means of ‘worldmaking’
Robust support systems