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 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 to:

Drive innovative social practice through new methods, data and networks

Generate evidence and insights that address real-life social problems

Catalyse a community of innovators dedicated to social good

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 sii@swinburne.edu.au.

  • 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
    • Technology
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Health
    • Information Technologies

    Digital Cultures of Care: Connection and Overload in Social Media Cultures

    What are the forms and capacities for collective care in the current digital ecosystem? Our May webinar focuses on care, information and postcolonialism in globalised social media contexts.  

  • Research
    • Technology
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Information Technologies
    • Media and Communications

    Regulating Facebook

    A panel of media tech and policy experts, discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of platform regulation and potential impacts on users, chaired by Dr Diana Bossio.

    Wed 5 May
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Online
    Free
  • 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
    Online
    Free
    Register now (The social impact of Be Connected with Anthony McCosker)

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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 sii@swinburne.edu.au.

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