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Trinity collaborates on the launch of the Inclusive Malaysia Project

Professor Malcolm MacLachlan and Ms Tessy Huss of the Centre for Global Health & School of Psychology, recently co-facilitated a workshop with UNESCO and UNESCAP consultants, aimed at developing more inclusive public policies in Malaysia.  Funded by the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO, Prof MacLachlan and Ms Huss - who is undertaking her doctoral research as part of the project – will be working on making policies more inclusive of vulnerable and marginalised groups in Malaysia.  This is the first stage of a larger project – Inclusive Asia - which will involve similar work in Cambodia and Timor Leste, in collaboration with Dr Hasheem Mannan of UCD.

Prof MacLachlan said “The Inclusive Malaysia module of this project will place Malaysia at the leading edge of policy revision and development, globally; setting the country on track to address the strong emphasis on social inclusion which will feature in the Sustainable Development Goals (to be launched by the United Nations later this year). I am delighted to continue our collaboration with UNESCO and to contribute to rolling out their new Inclusive Policy Lab, as part of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST) programme.  It is also a great privilege to expand our network of supervisors, with Professor Abdul Rahman Embong, of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), the National University of Malaysia (UKM), a distinguished sociologist, co-supervising Tessy Huss’s doctoral research”


Tessy Huss, who recently completed an internship with UNESCO in Paris, as part of her PhD studies, said “being involved in this project gives me a unique opportunity to conduct comparative research across three very different contexts. My research aims to contribute to developing a macropsychology of social inclusion, by better understanding the barriers and facilitators to more inclusive policy processes”.

Pictured are the Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation, Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur (front row, fourth from left), with Prof MacLachan (front row, 3rd from right), Jessica Gardner (UNESCAP, front row, 2nd from right), Anita Sykes-Kelleher (UNESCO, front row, 1st from left), and Irakli Khodeli (Head of Social & Human Sciences, UNESCO (Jakarta), front row, 2nd from left), Ms Tessy Huss (second row, 6th from left), along with Professor Rahman Embong (IKMAS, second row, 1st from right) and other workshop participants.