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Ms Aurora Elmes

Senior Research Assistant


Aurora Elmes is a Senior Research Assistant and PhD Candidate at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne. Since joining CSI Swinburne in 2016, Aurora has worked on the Giving Australia 2016 project, co-authored the Philanthropy and Philanthropists report, and assisted with research focused on the resilience and resourcing of social enterprise. She is currently part of the CSI Swinburne research team working on the Social Enterprise Impact Lab. Aurora’s PhD research is focused on understanding the individual and community effects of social enterprise, through a longitudinal evaluation of Australian social enterprise, Vanguard Laundry Services.

Aurora’s research interests include the social determinants of health, social enterprise, and the use of cross-sectoral approaches to develop more effective and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social issues of our time. Prior to joining CSI Swinburne, Aurora worked at the National Ageing Research Institute, and at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

Research interests

Social enterprise; Social impact

Fields of Research

  • Business And Management Not Elsewhere Classified - 150399
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment - 160801


Also published as: Elmes, Aurora; Elmes, A.
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