The Social Innovation Research Institute is leading social innovation in the digital economy. We create solutions to complex social problems using co-design, new technologies and data analytics techniques. We work at the intersection between social challenges and the potential of technology, striving for greater social equity.  

Our objectives: 

  • advance thought leadership by applying social science for innovation 
  • drive innovative social practice through new methods, data and networks 
  • catalyse a community of innovators dedicated to social good 
  • generate evidence and insights that address social problems as they are experienced, with partners across diverse sectors.

Our research

Creating innovation for social good - addressing social problems as they are experienced.

Our people

Blending expertise across social and data science.

Work with us

Whether you’re a community, government or corporate organisation, we want to work with you to drive innovative practice and help solve your complex problems! We have a great team of researchers across a variety of disciplines who can work across projects of all sizes. Get your project started by following these steps: 

  • Talk

    Step 1

    Let us know the challenges you’re facing, your ideas or your questions and we’ll work out how to align our research expertise. Call us on +61 3 9214 8180 or email

  • Co-design

    Step 2

    We get together for a co-design workshop, to brainstorm ideas and solutions.

  • Funding

    Step 3

    If the project needs funding, there are various opportunities we can tap into, including applying for external grant funding.

  • Take off

    Step 4

    We’ll work with you to design a full pilot project that includes appropriate ethical approval and evidence summaries. 

  • Society 4.0

    Society 4.0 reflects the societal implications of living with and adapting to an increasingly digital and connected world. Our Insitute is exploring the positive change that can come from this nexus.

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Upcoming events

  • Research
    • Digital Literacy
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Information Technologies

    The social impact of Be Connected with Anthony McCosker

    Join us as we discuss the findings of the three-year impact evaluation for the Be Connected program.

    Wed 31 March
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Register now (The social impact of Be Connected with Anthony McCosker)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Business
    • Information Technologies

    Taina Bucher: On Facebook

    Join Diana Bossio in conversation with Taina Bucher about her soon to be released book ‘Facebook’, where she traces the development and evolution of Facebook.

    Tue 23 March
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Register now (Taina Bucher: On Facebook)
  • Research
    • Technology
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Information Technologies
    • Psychology

    ADIA Hosts a Discussion on Mental Health and Digital Inclusion

    The Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) invites you to join a panel discussion around digital inclusion and mental health.

    Thu 25 March
    2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    Register now ( ADIA Hosts a Discussion on Mental Health and Digital Inclusion)

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Contact the Social Innovation Research Institute

If your organisation would like to collaborate with us to solve a complex problem, or you simply want to contact our team, get in touch by calling +61 3 9214 8180 or emailing

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