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Professor Jo Barraket

Director, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne


Professor Jo Barraket is a leading researcher in social enterprise and social innovation in Australia. Her work spans questions of public policy, organisational hybridity and social change.

Professor Barraket’s work contributes to policy development and practice in social investment and social enterprise development. Based on her expertise in these areas, she has recently been national expert adviser to the OECD on two projects related to the social economy and socio-economic participation.

Professor Barraket has led more than $9 million of grant funded and commissioned research, including national competitive grants funded by the Australian Research Council and projects funded by corporate and private philanthropy, and state and local governments. In her previous position as Associate Professor, she led the social enterprise and innovation research program at QUT Business School.

Research interests

Social enterprise; Public Policy; social innovation; third sector; social economy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Business And Management - 150300
  • Policy And Administration - 160500


Also published as: Barraket, Jo; Barraket, J.; Barraket, Josephine
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: The direct and indirect impacts of social procurement on social enterprises and social procurers: An evaluation of Social Traders' role as an intermediary in social procurement *; Social Traders Ltd
  • 2018: Enabling the Social Enterprise Needs of Westpac Foundation *; Westpac
  • 2018: Impact Evaluation Framework *; Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund (LMCF)
  • 2018: Reducing youth unemployment through social procurement in construction. *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2018: The Swinburne Social Startup Studio *; Equity Trustees
  • 2018: Theory of Change workshop *; Museums Victoria Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Towards an optimal employment strategy for people seeking asylum in Victoria *; Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Collaborative Research Agreement (incl Chair and PhDs) *; Kildonan Uniting Care
  • 2017: Community Recycling Enterprises - NSW Impact Measurement *; NSW Government Office of Environment and Herritage
  • 2017: Evaluation of Be Connected: a Digital Literacy for Older Australians Project -RFQ No. 70009747 *; Department of Social Services
  • 2017: Improving Health Equity of Young People? The role of social enterprise *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2017: Mapping and Analysis of Social Enterprises in Victoria 2017 *; Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Mapping the effect of social enterprise on regional city disadvantage *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2017: Social Enterprise Impact Lab *; Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund (LMCF)
  • 2017: Social Enterprises Impact Lab *; FamilyLife
  • 2017: The individual and community effects of social enterprise: Evaluation of Vanguard Laundry Services *; Vanguard Laundry Services
  • 2016: Evaluation of Social Traders Connect *; Social Traders Ltd
  • 2016: Evaluation of the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds *; The University of New South Wales
  • 2016: Telstra Digital Inclusion Index (Subcontract) *; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • 2016: The conditions for collaboration that enable social and business innovationcommunities to radically reduce carbon outputs and improve sustainability *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2015: Evaluation of the Social Innovation for Health Equity Project *; VicHealth
  • 2015: Giving Australia Project *; Queensland University of Technology
  • 2015: Mapping & market research into the sustainability focussed scocial enterprise sector in NSW *; NSW Government Office of Environment and Herritage
  • 2015: Social Enterprise Literature Review *; Dep of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources
  • 2014: CareRing Program, Research and Evaluation Activities *; Kildonan Uniting Care
  • 2014: Colloboration Agreement in relation to the Centre for Social Impact *; The University of New South Wales
  • 2014: Evidence Review: Social Innovation for health (equity) promotion *; VicHealth
  • 2014: Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector II *; Social Traders
  • 2014: Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Community Sector and Social Enterprise Resilience *; Bankwest Foundation
  • 2014: PhD Scholarship for Tuan Anh Truong *; Vietnam International Education Development
  • 2014: Understanding network qualities and workforce implications of collaborative governance *; Australia New Zealand School of Government

* Chief Investigator

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