Social change research makes sense of people’s experiences, locally and globally, to inform government policy, business practices, designs of digital systems, educational practices, community-based initiatives, and other innovations that benefit and strengthen society.
Social change research is inherently interdisciplinary and focuses on making an impact in the world. Our research takes a human-focused approach to society’s most pressing challenges. We work across diverse populations, settings, and social contexts to identify and understand people’s needs and to engage with individuals, groups, and organisations to foster evidence-based change.
The Social Change ECP focuses on transformative research in four key areas: digital society; quality of life; global mobility; and research practice for social change.
Professor Lisa Given, Director, RMIT Social Change ECP
Community engagement is a critical pathway to societal research impact. In the social sciences and humanities, we collaborate across disciplines and co-design our research programs and activities with our communities to foster adoption of innovations.
Along with harnessing existing research networks and projects to respond to COVID-19, RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs) launched five cross-platform initiatives in June 2020 to address various key areas for post COVID-19 recovery.
The Enabling Capability Platforms initiated Concept Papers aimed at supporting the development of ideas for major interdisciplinary projects to address significant challenges requiring a truly interdisciplinary team to make substantial progress.
Dr Serene Ho’s Concept Paper titled ‘Thinking About Treaty Spatially’ is now available to view. The paper explores spatial implications of treaty for land and geospatial professionals for building a shared future.
What are the social, economic, and cultural consequences of digital transformations in our communities, workplaces, and in everyday life? This includes exploring:
How can we understand and help shape possible futures for human health, well-being, and overall quality of life? This includes exploring:
What are the economic, cultural, and social implications of increasing global mobility and our changing experiences of place and displacement? This includes exploring:
How can we understand researchers’ needs and capacity for engaging in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and impact-focused research? This includes exploring:
If you're not sure how you can best work with us, our team can explain what's possible and put you in touch with the right person.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.