ISSR is The University of Queensland's (UQ) flagship institute for research innovation and teaching in the social sciences. 

Our research interests are wide-ranging but our work is underpinned by a commitment to building the best possible knowledge to improve economic and social wellbeing for individuals, households and communities in Australia and internationally.

We have a $40 million research portfolio, 85% of which is generated through research grants, contracts with government, industry and the not-for-profit sector, consulting services and other commercial activities. We are unique in our ability to apply academic rigour and expert subject knowledge to real-world problems.

We also have significant research infrastructure, including Australia’s largest academic survey research facility and more than 100 research and professional staff.

The Institute also hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) for the study of intergenerational transmission of disadvantage and the design of remedial interventions. 

ISSR’s researchers have wide-ranging methodological strengths including:

  • program and policy evaluation
  • social determinants of health
  • survey research innovation
  • the science of social disadvantage
  • community capacity building and development effectiveness.

We also teach social statistics and research methods to academics, government and industry.