Details for Curtin University
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Bentley, Western Australia, Australia
Sign Up Date to PRME
28 Sep 2011
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
18 Jan 2019
Sharing Information on Progress (2019)
Period Covered: Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
A commitment to leading transformative social practices is core to Curtin’s mission to ‘transform lives and communities through education and research’. Curtin’s approach to ethics, responsibility and sustainability is predicated on community-based collaboration, where staff, students and external stakeholders work together to accomplish a shared vision.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The Sustainability in Business Council was established within the Faculty of Business and Law in early 2018, with the aim to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership across the Faculty. The Council meets at least three times a year, bringing together a cross-section of staff interested in corporate social responsibility to provide research-based advocacy and evidence-based actions on sustainability related issues relevant to the Faculty and beyond.
In delivering on its Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability Statement of Principles, the Faculty of Business and Law is in the process of auditing the inclusion of relevant topics in learning materials and assessments as part of its course review process. To date, 91% of courses have been assessed as including and measuring attainment of PRME-relevant capabilities. The target is to complete this assessment in 2019 and implement course changes through the Curriculum Analysis, Review and Renewal process to ensure 100% of courses have an appropriate level of coverage.
Further, the University is committed to environmental sustainability, with the Curtin Master Plan driving the transformation of the campus over the coming decades to position Curtin as a leader in sustainable design. In February 2015 Curtin was awarded Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for the Curtin Master Plan.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The Faculty of Business and Law undertakes high impact research that supports the achievement of a number of the SDGs. Areas of research strength within the Faculty of particular relevance to PRME include:
• The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), make a significant contribution to the study of factors that help and impede social and economic performance and provides solutions for policy makers on ways to solve economic issues and increase economic growth. BCEC hosts academic workshops, attracts national and international researchers and its report launches receive wide coverage by the media.
• The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education’s purpose is to inform public policy design and implementation, and institutional practice, in order to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.
• The Women in Social Economic Research (WiSER) Cluster is committed to producing high quality quantitative and qualitative feminist research on a broad range of issues that women identify as important to their capacity for achieving equity and autonomy.
• Critical management studies: Researchers engage in multifaceted research focusing on effective and efficient institutional management and functioning in large, medium and small institutions. This embraces leadership and the evolving practice of management, contemporary and future managerial challenges which include navigating continuous change, remaining innovative, strategic and ethical; and responding effectively to emergent environmental issues.
• Development economics: Research is multidisciplinary and is concerned with the processes of development, including challenges of social, economic and political development, and poverty alleviation. The researchers examine change in developing countries and analyse the nature of policies and relationships at domestic, national and international levels, and how these policies and relationships have shaped economies. The research theme also addresses issues in environmental sustainability, food and health security, agriculture, disaster risk management, international assistance, international trade relations, globalisation, economic integration, technology, gender inequity, migration and other significant issues impacting development.