In summary

  • Social Sciences Week is being held from 5–11 September 2022 this year
  • Swinburne events celebrate the impact of social sciences on our lives
  • Learn about social science and data science impact; the social and policy landscape of kinship care; and join in the chat about Aussie Rules from the outer

This year, Swinburne will celebrate Social Sciences Week with a week-long series of events to expand our community’s knowledge about the incredible impact the social sciences make to how we live with each other.

Join us for an event or on social media at #SSW2022.

Chatting Aussie Rules with real footy fans

Swinburne’s Sport Innovation Research Group invites you to get “inside the group chat” of the award-winning podcast The Outer Sanctum and find out how they engage with the big ideas and challenging problems in sport and beyond each week.

The all-female team at The Outer Sanctum describe their podcast as AFLM and AFLW chat done differently. They unpack Aussie Rules and other sports stories from the outer with a consciously feminist and inclusive lens.

The Sport Innovation Research Group's Dr Kasey Symons will lead a discussion providing insight on how podcasts such as The Outer Sanctum are changing the way we hear about, discuss and consume sport media. It is a place to hear the football stories and passionate footy voices we don't usually get to hear, with a focus on inclusion and intersectionality.

A night with the Outer Sanctum: Inside the Group Chat will be hosted at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus and streamed online for those further afield.

Working with data scientists

How did data from online teen relationship forums help the Alannah & Madeline Foundation develop a social media campaign that prevents online abuse?

What happened when a team of social scientists and data scientists collaborated with the Melbourne not-for-profit to visualise social impact through data analytics?

How are Swinburne researchers and the Red Cross working together to identify and map community resources for crisis response?

In this lunchtime webinar, researchers from the Swinburne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-making and Society and the Social Innovation Research Institute share how bringing social scientists and data scientists together has made a social impact.

Join social innovations researchers Professor Kath Albury, Professor Anthony McCosker, Dr Yong-Bin Kang and Dr Frances Shaw at Social science + data science = impact: collaborative methods for industry partnerships.

When your parents aren’t your carers

When children can’t live with their parents, the next best option is to live with relatives or a trusted adult from their social network. This is known as 'kinship care'. It can be great for children, but presents a whole host of challenges for families, child protection authorities and the legal fraternity.

Swinburne and Kinship Carers Victoria are hosting Kinship care: what's working, what isn't, and what's next? to talk through what it’s like to be a kinship carer, what the emerging problems are with this structure, and how to improve policies and practices.

It’s perfect for students, researchers, advocates and policymakers interested in hearing this discussion and contributing to the support of families, carers and children involved in kinship care in Victoria.

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