Social Innovation Research Institute

The Social Innovation Research Institute collaborates with partners for intelligent, citizen- and consumer-engaged social solutions to complex social problems. We are passionate about increasing inclusion, raising wellbeing, using technology to disrupt entrenched practices and co-designing useful services and products.

The Institute has four programs:

  • Wellbeing: social technologies to address health and wellbeing challenges
  • Inclusion and participation: facilitating cross-community dialogue and access to community services
  • Social value: measuring social value in meaningful ways while increasing public value
  • Justice and safety: justice system technologies to optimise community safety.

Traditional boundaries are being challenged at many levels. Our researchers are leaders in bridging disciplines and institutional boundaries. They will help you to lead, implement and make impact.

If you have a vision of changing the world, your locale, your company and the lives of people around you, we want to research and develop solutions with you.

Meet the Institute Director

Professor Jane Farmer is the Foundation Director of the Social Innovation Institute. Jane comes to Swinburne from LaTrobe, where she was an Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and prior to that, Head of the Health Sciences School. She has a distinguished track record of research in rural health services, social innovations relating to the health workforce and technology, community participation, co-production and social enterprise.


Professor Jane Farmer, Foundation Director of the Social Innovation Institute