The Social Innovation Research Institute’s vision is to lead social innovation in the digital economy by creating solutions to complex social problems using co-design, new technologies and data analytics techniques. We aim to address 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.

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

    Our Society 4.0 initiative includes a yearly forum to explore positive changes for society in an increasingly digital and connected world. 

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Upcoming events

  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Industry 4.0
    • Business

    Adoption of Industry 4.0 in SMEs – A Panel Discussion

    The Centre for Transformative Innovation, Factory of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub and The Social Innovation Research Institute invite you to a panel discussion which will examine the experiences of Small to Medium Enterprise’s (SME) adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies.

    Thu 15 October
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Read more (Adoption of Industry 4.0 in SMEs – A Panel Discussion)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Media and Communications

    Trends & Innovation in Sport Fan Consumption

    In the final of our 2020 Sport Fan Series we look at trends and innovation in Sport Fan Consumption focussing on industry developments, and how trends observed in the last few years might now be accelerated in the post-COVID recovery time.

    Fri 25 September
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Online Webinar
    Register now (Trends & Innovation in Sport Fan Consumption)
  • Research
    • Arts and Humanities

    Social Implications of the Fight Against COVID-19

    This webinar will discuss some of the social challenges brought about by the current pandemic and offer perspectives from a range of disciplines, including social psychology, law, and media. 

    Thu 10 September
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Find out more (Social Implications of the Fight Against COVID-19)

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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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