Economic and Social Well-Being

How the economy, services and institutions affect the economic and social outcomes of individuals living in Australia.

Households and social dynamics

How do economic and social policies and programs affect a child, an adult, a family in achieving their best outcome? Our researchers analyse how the economy, services, and institutions affect individual circumstances. Using data from Australia and around the world to better understand how these programs and policies influence human development and capability, they apply this learning to guide policy and practice.

We are concerned with income distribution and social inclusion, health and education opportunities and barriers, labour market outcomes, household decision-making, food and family insecurity, housing insecurity and the impacts of crime and violence.

We also study social dynamics in specific populations, such as Indigenous Australian communities.

Basic Income

Basic income, income inequality...projects

Labour and Employment

Economic and Social Disadvantage

Educational Achievement

Subjective Well-being and Health

Health Profession


Work, inclusion and capability

How does education influence economic and social outcomes? Why is the capacity to work so important to physical and mental well-being? And what role do gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status play in labour force participation?

Childhood development and education

What public interventions support child academic, developmental and social outcomes? What types of organisational arrangements promote better student outcomes? What factors influence decisions about further education and training?

This research agenda uses domestic and international linked and administrative data to provide insight to inform education and development outcomes in Australia.

Homelessness and housing insecurity

To come.