Consultancies and community engagement

Staff in the Department of Social Inquiry are actively engaged with local, national and international communities. We provide consultancy services for government and community sector organisations, undertake commissioned research in a variety of areas and offer training, workshops and short courses which can be tailored to meet your particular needs.

Commissioned reports

Department of Social Inquiry staff are experienced at conducting studies for evidence-based policy and program development.  La Trobe has strong connections with government, industry and the community, and has contributed to policy development at local, state, regional, national and international levels. Our work is highly valued and respected, with organisations specifically seeking our expertise. Our clients include:

  • Local Government Councils
  • Regional Indigenous Land Councils
  • Aboriginal Prescribed Bodies Corporate
  • Native Title Service Providers
  • State Government
  • Independent Institutes (e.g. Australian Farm Institute),
  • Community Groups (e.g. Committee for Echuca Moama, Creative Clunes etc)
  • Greening Australia
  • Pacific Leadership Program

Commissioned reports

Training and workshops

The Department of Social Inquiry offers a number of established and tailored training programs and workshops for government, industry and the community. Offered in a variety of delivery modes, sessions can range from a 2 hour seminar, half-day or full-day workshops, as well as multiday training sessions. Courses are delivered through one of its metropolitan or regional campuses, online, and on-site.  We specialise in experiential learning activities so people learn through the 'doing' of the course:

  • Training for Local Councillors
  • Food Security, Peri-urban Development, Agricultural r+Re-structuring and Land Use Change
  • Urban Design and Planning for Children's Mobility and Health
  • Safer by Design and Healthy by Design
  • Planning for Multicultural Communities.

International short courses

A variety of international short courses are offered through La Trobe University. Courses are delivered through one of its metropolitan or regional campuses and online.  We also develop and provide courses 'in-country' for overseas clients.  We work with translators and other specialists to meet our clients' communication needs. Our key areas of service delivery include:

Planning, Governance and Management

Community engagement and research activities

Department of Social Inquiry staff are actively engaged in metropolitan, regional and rural areas through community based-research projects. These projects address issues relevant for government, industry and community organisations.  Specialising in collaborative approaches, these projects integrate rigorous research with professional practice:

  • Community Engagement
  • Native Title Anthropology
  • Indigenous Land and Sea Management
  • Food Security
  • Land Use, Spatial Planning and Peri-urban Development
  • Multicultural Planning
  • Planning with and for Children and Young People
  • Gambling as a Social Problem