Social change & equity

Social inequality is driven by structural disadvantages such as race and gender, economic systems, climate change, and lack of access to basic resources.

Achieving social justice and equality requires long term and sustainable action to close the inequity gap.

Goal:

More just and equitable societies

Our priorities are to:

Understand social change

Our researchers investigate drivers of change in human societies over time and how these have shaped our identity, communities and heritage.

Examine social inclusion

Our researchers investigate the factors that shape or determine equity and social inclusion to redress longstanding inequalities in society.

Optimise social justice

Our researchers apply evidence to increase access and achievement in education, business practices and civic engagement - contributing to greater equality and representation by all members of society.

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The regional bias

The regional bias

Getting the best education for country students.

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Emoji as Digital Gestures

Emoji as Digital Gestures

Returning the body to disembodied communication.

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Connecting communities in Northeast India

Connecting communities in Northeast India

Preserving language diversity and sharing knowledge.

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Sexual health in Sub-Sahara Africa

Sexual health in Sub-Sahara Africa

Gay and bisexual men may be the most vulnerable population for HIV in Sub-Sahara Africa.

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Recognition of research into gender equity and female leadership

Recognition of research into gender equity and female leadership

Associate Professor Andrea Carson has been welcomed into the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) as a Research Fellow

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Mummy drinking websites – a cocktail of issues

Mummy drinking websites – a cocktail of issues

“Mummy drinking” sites and events for mothers to get together and socialise can normalise risky drinking and minimise alcohol-related harms, according to alcohol policy experts.

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Meet our Theme Lead

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Growing inequality is one of the majors challenges facing our world. I’m passionate about harnessing the power of our research to understand its causes and identify ways to promote and strengthen justice, equity and inclusion across all our communities – local, regional, national and international.

Professor Katie Holmes
Theme Lead for Social change & equity

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