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About us

With nearly thirty years experience in social science research and education, the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (The Swinburne Institute) possesses a wealth of knowledge and an international reputation for independent, innovative and timely work.

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research hosts a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation, and the Swinburne-Monash Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). We edit and publish the websites Australian Policy Online, Creative Economy and Inside Story.

We work closely with a diverse range of clients and research partner and link with researchers and policy-makers in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Our research is funded primarily by national competitive grants from the Australian Research Council. International funders include the World Bank and the European Commission.

Our staff work across disciplines including economics, statistics, sociology, history, media studies, and political science, and offer expertise in many areas, including:

  • housing markets and policy
  • urban sustainability
  • citizenship and democracy
  • immigration and refugee policy
  • social policy
  • media and communications
  • information policy
  • public administration and finance
  • youth policy.