Institute for the Study of Social Change

The Institute for the Study of Social Change provides a range of policy and social research services aimed at enhancing understanding of the causes of social change, to develop innovative and sustainable strategies to shape the trajectory of change, and to address its consequences. Our policy research draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives and incorporates detailed analysis of existing social and economic data. We have particular expertise in complex evaluation, population and workforce analysis and community engagement.  

Our approach emphasises the translation of critical inquiry and cross-disciplinary scholarly knowledge into practical strategies to promote social adaptation, transformation and renewal.

The distinctiveness of our research is derived from our capacity to work with the Tasmanian community to develop and trial innovative strategies, which both respond to local need and address globally significant problems.

The Institute runs an extensive program of free public events, designed to foster community discussion of issues relating to social change. Subscribe to our mailing list or keep an eye on our events page to find out about upcoming forums, seminars and other events. Or send us an email.

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Tasmania's Australians of the Year for 2017 Events

The Institute for the Study of Social Change presented a series of free events in early August featuring Tasmania's Australians of the Year for 2017.

Rosalie Martin, Margaret Steadman, Mitch McPherson and Anthony Edler discussed what it means to be Australian and how to build strong communities where everyone belongs.

If you missed the Australian Identity forum in Hobart you can watch it now via the University of Tasmania’s livestream page. On August 3 Tasmania’s Australians of the Year for 2017, as well as members of the Aboriginal and multicultural communities, took part in a thought-provoking discussion about Australian “values” – both perceived and real, helpful and unhelpful. Hosted by ABC journalist and newsreader Angela Ross, the conversation also featured an introduction by National Australia Day Council chief executive Chris Kirby. The main forum begins at the 26 minute mark.

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Vice-Chancellor’s research fellow: Saul Eslake

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The Institute runs a significant event program offering academic and generalist seminars, symposia, small conferences, public lectures and workshops. All our events are listed on the Institute Event Calendar.

Subscribe to keep up to date with Institute events through our weekly ‘What’s On’ email.

Our major public events are Livestreamed and can be accessed anytime through the University of Tasmania’s Livestream page.

Photos from our major events are available via our Facebook page.

If you are a University of Tasmania staff member or PhD candidate we invite you to become an Affiliated Researcher with the Institute.