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Building lasting collaborations for change
We do research differently, working end-to-end with our partners to develop research questions and shape ideas. Our training brings people together to collaborate more effectively, get strategic and build change together.

If you are a business, community group, government body or other organisation interested in learning more about partnering with us, talk to us about:

  • Working with us to convene and facilitate discussion with influential actors in your policy area

Meet our partners

We work with partners from across academia, government, business, civil society and the media. Here are some of our recent partnerships.

The Group of Eight: Roadmap to COVID-19 Recovery

Working alongside colleagues from our University and from across the Group of Eight in the Roadmap to Recovery Taskforce, Lab researchers contributed to a national taskforce on how Australia could best plan for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Sydney: Measuring Inequality in our City

The Lab was commissioned by the City of Sydney to design a wholly new set of inequality indicators to help the City direct its policy and programs in advance of its new 2050 strategy. We worked with researchers from across the University, as well as with world-leading researchers in New York and London. We developed measures across a host of domains – from public participation to employment – and demographics – from age to income group. Read the report here.

The Wayside Chapel: Standing Side by Side to Tackle Inequality

The Lab partnered with Wayside to bring the flagship conference, Side by Side, to the University of Sydney. Open to people from all walks of life, the conference brought together researchers, practitioners and those with lived experience of daily inequalities to answer the question: how can we create a fair and equitable society? Keynote speakers included former Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and Harvard Professor Danielle Allen.

The Guardian: Australians Living on the Breadline “Ask a Policy Expert”

The Lab worked with Guardian Australia and their spokespeople living at the sharp end of inequality in Australia. Lab researchers worked with five spokespeople living below the poverty line to frame the questions they really wanted politicians from all parties to answer ahead of Australia’s Federal Election in 2019.

NSW Community Sector Peak Bodies: A New Future for Commissioning Human Services

A collection of NSW community sector peak organisations commissioned the Lab to support the creation of a shared agenda and vision of commissioning as a way to design and deliver human services. Together, Lab researchers and peak leaders reshaped understandings of commissioning away from a search for policy blueprints that could be transplanted directly from other places and towards a framework for commissioning ‘experiments’ committed to putting relationships first, letting communities lead, embedding learning and investing in people.