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About us

We facilitate teams to solve problems, comprising researchers, practitioners and community members from diverse, appropriate backgrounds.

The idea is to bring together all of the excellent research across Swinburne to apply it to social problems. We can bring together researchers in IT, in engineering, in chemistry and microbiology and apply this expertise to looking at social problems together with social science research. It's really a unique kind of perspective.

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 the APO, a research database and alert service for public policy development.

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APO features more than 32,000 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