Swinburne Institute
for Social Research

About us

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research focuses on some of Australia’s most significant social, economic and environmental problems. We have strong links with researchers and policymakers around the world and we are one of the largest social science and humanities research centres in Australia.

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research is one of the largest social science and humanities research centres in Australia.

We work closely with industry, government and community partners to extend the evidence base, identify solutions to complex problems and contribute to public debate. We have links with researchers and policy-makers in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Our research is funded primarily by national competitive grants from the Australian Research Council, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) and the CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI). International funders include the World Bank and the European Commission.

Our staff work across disciplines including economics, statistics, sociology, history, media studies and political science, and offer expertise in many areas, including:

  • housing markets and policy
  • urban sustainability
  • citizenship and democracy
  • immigration and refugee policy
  • social policy
  • media and communications
  • information policy
  • public administration and finance
  • youth policy.