Making a meaningful difference
to people's lives

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) undertakes solution focused research addressing societal challenges and is a national leader in advanced interdisciplinary social science and evidence-based policy research.

ISSR researchers work with government, and the private and non-for-profit sectors to address social science research questions in four key themes: social policy and practice; health; education and; innovation and technology.

A key component of ISSR’s work is commercial research and training, providing high-quality learning and engagement opportunities for postgraduate and postdoctoral students. The Institute employs over 60 staff, currently enrols over 40 higher degree students, has an annual budget of $13 million, and engages with affiliated researchers across a diversity of research fields. ISSR is based at UQ’s Long Pocket Precinct (80 Meiers Road, Indooroopilly), a research-oriented campus just ten minutes from UQ’s main teaching and learning campus at St Lucia.

ISSR is the headquarters for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre), an international collaboration of 22 organisations working to identify the causes and consequences of deep and persistent disadvantage in Australia. The Life Course Centre aims to identify the drivers of disadvantage in Australia and to develop innovative solutions to mitigate or reverse its impact.


General enquiries

For general enquiries contact:

+61 7 3346 7471

Student enquiries

If you would like to enquire about studying at ISSR please contact our HDR Liaison Officer :

UQ Graduate School