Institute for the Study of Social Change

About the Institute


Key staff and structure

The Institute for the Study of Social Change brings together over 180 researchers across the University of Tasmania with an interest in studying social change in all its dimensions.

Professor Richard Eccleston has been appointed founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, with Deputy Directors being Associate Professor Daphne Habibis and Professor Elaine Stratford.

Associate Professor Dennis Grube is Principal Research Fellow with the Institute.

Dr Rebecca Dorgelo is the Institute Manager and Dr Louise Grimmer is the Communications and Engagement Manager. Dr Theresa Doherty provides evaluation expertise for the Institute.

The Academic ISC Steering Committee provides advice to the ISC Director regarding the formulation of ISC strategy and procedures and in relation to minor funding decisions. Major funding decisions (above $20,000) and annual ISC budgets and reports will be approved by the ISC Board.

The Committee comprises: Angela Martin, Fred Gale, Roberta Julian, Christopher Lueg , Michelle Phillipov, Brady Robards, Elaine Stratford, Daphne Habibis , Matt Killingsworth, Bruce Tranter, Kit Wise, Aidan Davidson,  Elle Leane  , Keith Jacobs, and Jeremy Prichard.

The Institute has an open membership which consists of scholars from across the University of Tasmania whose research interests align with the Institute's areas of interest. We now have over 180 affiliated researchers. If you are a University of Tasmania staff member or HDR candidate and you would like to affiliate with the Institute, please get in touch.

Annual Report 2015/16

The Institute's Annual Report 2015/16 is now available.

Our Research Activities

The Institute's work has three broad elements:

  1. To support research excellence in the Social Sciences and Humanities through fostering collaboration, providing project support and identifying flagship projects.
  2. To build research capacity by providing support to graduate students, hosting events and forums, building research teams and promoting local, national and international partnerships.
  3. To support outreach and community engagement through innovative communication, hosting community events and promoting research which addresses community concerns.

Our Strategic Aims

  1. To produce internationally recognised research on social change and transformation,
  2. To promote community awareness of and engagement with the University of Tasmania's social researchers,
  3. To develop and trial tangible strategies to promote community sustainability and resilience in the context of social change.