Research for Social Change
Our research asks what matters to people, and why.
Research for Social Change is a centre for values-based social science focused on health and wellbeing.
Our aim is to understand and explain the political and ethical challenges that can enhance or undermine the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and society. We achieve this through research that engages the public and is designed to have a social impact. Find out more about our latest news and events on the Research for Social Change blog.
The work at Research for Social Change is in four interconnected themes:
Social Determinants of Human Wellbeing
The societies, communities and relationships in which we live affect our health and wellbeing in many ways. They can support or undermine our autonomy, enhance or limit the opportunities available to us, and shape our habits.
Technologies & Human Wellbeing
Technology can increase or decrease human wellbeing, depending on the explicit and tacit decisions that humans make about its design and use.
Other Species & Human Wellbeing
Human lives are interconnected with the lives of other animals. We bring animals into our homes as pets, work with them in agricultural and other industries, and encounter them where they live.
Our research often includes a methodological component. We develop and test new methods, and think and write about the best way to do research. We have particular expertise in qualitative methodologies, arts based methods, deliberative democratic approaches, community-based research, methods for empirical ethics research, and methods to systematically review existing literature.
Research for Social Change was established in 2018 as a new research unit of the Faculty of Social Sciences at UOW. We are funded under the UOW Health and Wellbeing strategy. Our purpose is to conduct inter- and multi-disciplinary values-based social research relevant to health and wellbeing. We work across and beyond the social sciences, and in a way that prioritises social impact, public and community engagement, and social change. Download a summary of who we are (PDF).