The Institute for Human Security and Social Change is a not-for-profit, collaborative and university‑wide initiative, located within the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University. The Institute is focused on advancing progressive social change in the international, Indigenous Australia and domestic community development sectors.
The Institute for Human Security was established by Professor Dennis Altman in 2010, and was renamed in 2013 as the Institute for Human Security and Social Change under its new director Associate Professor Chris Roche. Since the Institute's renaming we have worked to develop its reputation and resources, establish key industry partnerships and work intensively with development practitioners on the high-level and complex research questions that currently face development practice. We have developed collaborations across the university with a range of relevant disciplines and academics.
We offer specialist expertise in collective action, leadership, gender, participatory development practice and assessment and accountability, through research, teaching, and engagement in policy and practice. Following a series of very successful small scale research collaborations, the Institute is well positioned to expand its role as a broker of research and policy partnerships between University researchers and international and domestic development organisations. The Institute seeks to specialise in providing high quality multi-disciplinary research, teaching and professional development that support and drive progressive social change for the international development, indigenous and domestic community development sectors.