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Improving understanding and development of social policy

Social Policy Research Network

Improving understanding and development of social policy
We connect and collaborate with researchers and practitioners for the betterment of social policy.

About us

We bring together researchers and practitioners from within the University of Sydney and from non-profit and public sectors. We help coordinate research collaborations, host seminars and encourage the involvement of new and early-career researchers, as well as students, managers, policy analysts, and practitioners.

At the Social Policy Research Network, we aim to:

  • Enhance mutual learning and development
  • Support rigorous, timely, relevant, and theoretically informed social policy research
  • Collaborate on developing resources and knowledge to engage in social policy debates
  • Organise events that develop and communicate social policy research to a range of audiences
  • Adopt an inclusive approach to all those involved in social policy.

Our research areas

  • Community development and participation
  • Domestic and gender-related violence
  • Gender and social policy
  • Third sector research
  • Welfare states (national and international)

Our people


The Social Policy Research Network organises and hosts a number of events and activities for researchers, students, community groups and government representatives. 

Our Social Justice Seminar Series is held at the University of Sydney and covers a variety of topics relating to social justice. Below is a list of previous seminar topics:

  • Schools, communities, prejudice and the 'promise' of social justice (Nov 2017)
  • An important disruptor (Oct 2017)
  • Inclusion and participation (Oct 2017)
  • Social justice in the classroom (Oct 2017)
  • Transformation and activism (Sep 2017)

For more information on upcoming seminars, please contact Associate Professor Susan Goodwin or Associate Professor Ruth Phillips.


Associate Professor Susan Goodwin


Associate Professor Ruth Phillips