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Dr Aurora Elmes

Research Fellow
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Master of Social Work, RMIT University, Australia; Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, Deakin University, Australia


Dr Aurora Elmes is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne. Aurora has nine years of experience researching mental health and wellbeing in business, healthcare and community contexts. Since joining CSI Swinburne in 2016, Aurora has worked on multiple research projects focused on social enterprise resourcing and evaluation; how systems and organisations can support people’s economic and social participation; and making evidence accessible to diverse audiences. Aurora has successfully delivered project outcomes for a range of clients including social enterprises and government. Aurora’s research interests include inclusive employment, and the intersection of social justice and health. Her recent work includes a multi-year evaluation of the effects of Australian social enterprise, Vanguard Laundry Services on employment, social inclusion, health and wellbeing outcomes for people with lived experience of mental ill-health.

Research interests

Social enterprise; Social impact

Fields of Research

  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation And Social Impact Assessment - 441001
  • Not-for-profit Business And Management - 350708
  • Occupational And Workplace Health And Safety - 350505


Also published as: Elmes, Aurora; Elmes, A.; Elmes, A. I.; Elmes, Aurora I.; Elmes, Aurora Isabelle
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Evaluation of the Disability Employment Catalyst *; ACHIEVE FOUNDATION LIMITED FUND SCHEME
  • 2024: Mental health and wellbeing in creative industries 2024 *; Support Act Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2024: Volunteering Management Activity 2022-2026 Evaluation *; VOLUNTEERING VICTORIA FUND SCHEME
  • 2021: Mental health and wellbeing in the music industry 2022 *; Support Act Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Mental Health Deep Dive *; Zurich Australia Fund Scheme
  • 2021: The National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy: Social security and income support *; Mental Health Commission of NSW
  • 2020: Informing the Victorian Social Enterprise Ecosystem *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Vic)
  • 2020: Vanguard Laundry Evaluation Study - Phase 2 *; Vanguard Laundry Services

* Chief Investigator

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