Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

About us

We seek positive social change by improving the systemic and organisational conditions that influence social impact.

The centre was established in early 2014 to contribute to Swinburne's research commitments to personal and social wellbeing. We work to advance knowledge and practice of the people, organisations and systems that produce positive social impacts.

What do we do?

To understand how to create social change in complex contexts we examine organisational and policy responses, drawing on sociology, policy studies, management science, psychology, and history. We work with emerging business, civil society and the public sector.

Our research:

  • examines responses to complex social needs
  • evaluates the systems that contribute to entrenched social inequality
  • determines alternative organisational and systems responses to bring about social progress
  • tackles problems at the root cause and shares knowledge and methods to create change
  • promotes innovation and improved practice to not-for-profit, philanthropic, government, commercial and social enterprise.

Our affiliations and partnerships

CSI Swinburne forms part of the Centre for Social Impact network, which is a collaboration of three universities: the University of New South Wales, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Western Australia.