Faculty of Business and Law

Information Systems for Social Impact Research Group

Information Systems for Social Impact Research Group

The Information Systems for Social Impact (IS4SI) Research Group takes a systems thinking approach to explore problems faced by society. We seek to apply innovative technology and process-driven solutions to advance, assist, aid and empower individuals and communities.

The group achieves this through collaborative partnerships with a wide range of individuals, communities, community-based organisations, organisations and governments; both locally and internationally.

The vision of the group is to enable positive social impact through the co-creation and responsible deployment of information systems.

The broad IS4SI Research Group membership is currently working on/or has planned the following projects:

  • Reconceptualising and distilling the variables of IT for social impact
  • Transforming data into meaningful measurement of levels of social impact for social purpose organisations (Bankwest project with CSI Swinburne)
  • Assisting ICT curriculum delivery in remote/tribal Indian village schools with LibraryBox applications
  • Deploying Digidogood Digital Classrooms in a Box (DCiaB) in remote/tribal Indian village schools
  • Improving digital literacy of Hazara refugee women in Dandenong
  • A conceptual, end-to-end technology integration platform for humanitarian (refugee) relief operations
  • The wicked problem of technology-enabled humanitarian (refugee) relief operations
  • Smartbooks as a tool for adaptive learning and their acceptance by students
  • Foster Care child/carer information journey mapping App
  • De-radicalisation through online support networks
  • Advancing smart land management research and solutions in sub Saharan African countries including Namibia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Rwanda – in partnership with GIZ and TU-Munich


Distinguished Lecture, Paul Cunningham, Ireland. 2017-2018 President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). "Co-designing Ethical Interventions in Resource Constrained Environments", Tuesday 15 August 2017, 10.30–11.30am. Find out more about this event