Making a meaningful difference
to people's lives

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) undertakes transformational, solution-focused research to address new and emerging challenges facing Australian society. ISSR is an international leader in advanced interdisciplinary and evidence-based social science research, and works collaboratively with government and the private and not-for-profit sectors on pressing social science challenges across four key impact areas:

This research is underpinned by cutting-edge social science methodologies including: advanced data analytics, participatory and innovative qualitative research, observational and biometric measurement techniques, experimental research designs, and the design and implementation of social intervention evaluations. To understand our research methods click here. Our strong focus on co-designed research, and commitment to ongoing training and development, provides significant engagement opportunities for our staff, postdoctoral students and industry partners.

ISSR is the administrative headquarters for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, an international collaboration of 22 organisations working to identify the drivers of deep and persistent disadvantage and develop innovative solutions to address it. From 2020, ISSR will also host a node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, as well as a site of the Centre for Social Data Analytics, based at Auckland University of Technology.

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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 :

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