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Institute for the Study of Social Change

The Institute for the Study of Social Change's mission is to enhance understanding of the causes of social change, to develop innovative and sustainable strategies to shape the trajectory of change and to address its consequences. The Institute provides a range of policy and social research services aimed at informing public policy and community debate. Our approach emphasises the translation of critical inquiry and scholarly knowledge from a range of disciplinary perspectives into practical strategies to promote social adaptation, transformation and renewal.

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Many of our free public events are broadcast via the University of Tasmania's Livestream channel. From public forums debating local policy to international guest speakers exploring global issues, the Livestream page is a historic archive for students, staff and the general public.

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Institute for the Study of Social Change Housing Summit Directions Paper (PDF 2.1MB).

A blueprint for improving housing outcomes in Tasmania (February 2018).

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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.


The Institute for the Study of Social Change research programs build on the University of Tasmania’s national reputation for research across the social sciences and humanities by bringing together affiliated researchers spanning the social sciences, humanities, business, law, creative arts, science and beyond.

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Vice-Chancellor's research fellow Saul Eslake

Vice-Chancellor’s research fellow: Saul Eslake

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