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About us

We pursue solutions to difficult social challenges using new methods and techniques.

The idea is to understand your social challenge and to co-create as a team - including your organisation and the brightest and best at Swinburne - involving social science, technology and engineering. We seek to push the boundaries of engaging new methodologies, data analytics and including end-users of all capabilities. The level of co-creation we seek is unique, but we know it opens up new insights while building capacity and collaborations for social good.

Professor Jane Farmer Foundation Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute

The Social Innovation Research Institute is where technology meets humanity.

Social challenges are interconnected in nature, often including elements that affect and are affected by wellbeing, education, mobility and economic issues. We address the intersection between these social elements and the potential of technology.

We focus on our industry partner’s real-life challenges, collaborating with them to address problems through applying technologies and data analytics techniques. We facilitate teams to solve problems, comprising researchers, practitioners and community members from diverse, appropriate backgrounds.

If your organisation is dealing with a complex social problem, then contact us to discuss how a multi-skilled team will provide solutions.


Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)

The institute supports APO, an open access evidence platform and service for public policy and practice.

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APO features more than 40,000 resources from academic institutions, governments, non-government organisations (NGOs) and think tanks.

Swinburne launches Social Innovation Research Institute

The Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute collaborates with partners for intelligent, citizen and consumer-engaged social solutions to complex social problems.

Contact the Social Innovation Research Institute

There are many ways to engage with us. If your organisation is dealing with a complex problem, then get in touch to discuss how we can work together to provide solutions.

Call +61 (03) 9214 8180