top of page

STAR LAB

Systems Transformation Action Research Lab

farmstay6_edited.jpg
Image by Andrew Ridley

STARLAB: SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION ACTION RESEARCH

STARlab is a research unit within the University of Otago's Social & Community Work Programme, in the School of Social Sciences. STARlab conducts applied research using an interdisciplinary approach drawing from systems science, social innovation, community development, and digital strategies. We partner with communities, organizations, and government to enable systemic change that is socially, economically, spiritually, and environmentally restorative. Our focus is on social issues that disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalized populations.

 

Our current programme of research focuses on the role of social innovation and social entrepreneurship in systemic change initiatives that seek to advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 

 

What is systems transformation? A systemic approach sees our communities as interdependent and holistic structures. A transformative process is one that fundamentally changes the nature of the system. Systems Transformation is the result of actions taken to address the root causes of shared problems. At STARlab we research what those root causes are, and explore how to create enabling environments for positive change.

 

What is action research? Action research is a form of applied, community-based inquiry that involves both action and critical reflection to co-create practical solutions to shared questions. STARlab uses both human centred design and intervention research approaches to guide this process.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals? 

Our work is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), interconnected global goals that support collaboration and partnership to address the urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges we share.  As part of our commitment to the SDGs, STARlab leads the New Zealand chapter of Catalyst 2030

Contact us via the link below if you would like to discuss collaboration with STARlab.

WHAT'S NEW AT STARLAB

RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDY

STARlab is currently seeking participants for a study that explores the experiences of diverse entrepreneurs and small business founders in Dunedin, New Zealand. There are several ways to participate including: interview, focus group, and attendance at a workshop later this year. 
For more details, click the link below or email us at starlab@otago.ac.nz

STARLAB COFOUNDERS TO SPEAK AT CIO SUMMIT

The 15th annual CIO Summit New Zealand will be held on August 15th and 16th, 2023 at the Spark Arena in Auckland.  STARlab co-founders Rasha Abu Safieh and Dr. Marissa Kaloga will present: "The Transformational Power of Technology in Complex Communities: Strategies for Success." Tickets are available via the link below. 

 

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Thank you to our network of partners and supporters

otago655388.jpg
Yunus-Centre-logo-rgb.png
Education_SW_CAPRS-HC.png
startup-dunedin-website.png
catalyst 2030 logo.png
IRC.JPG
GEN-NZ.png
Edmund Hillary Fellowshsip

CONTACT US

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page