About us

We're an education and research centre based at the UNSW Business School. We host a national network of centres across Australia.

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Our mission

We develop people and partnerships that accelerate social innovations for a more sustainable and inclusive economy. We do this through engaged scholarship.

Social innovation is concerned with developing and deploying effective solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social impact and progress. 

A more sustainable economy places humanity within a prosperous economy and thriving planet for now and future generations.

A more inclusive economy overcomes unjust social, cultural, and institutional arrangements and identifies pathways that encourage thriving and wellbeing for all.

Engaged scholarship involves a collaborative, reciprocal relationship between academics and partners, such as communities, organisations, or governments. It is an approach that works with not on partners, providing immediate practical solutions or advice as well as broadening the scope of public knowledge.

How we work

We're committed to a model of engaged research, education, and scholarship, partnering with organisations across sectors to drive social innovation and impact at scale.

We empower our students to envisage, create, and enact socially innovative futures.

We provide a place to convene, debate, and listen to all voices who want to be part of a transition towards a sustainable and inclusive economy.


The Director of the UNSW Centre for Social Impact is Professor Danielle Logue.

Danielle is Professor of Innovation & Impact at UNSW and her research portfolio draws on a broad base of organisation and management theory to examine how enterprises and markets engage in processes of social innovation. Recent projects investigate new forms of organising, governing, and financing to address social and environmental problems including impact investing, civic crowdfunding platforms, social stock exchanges, social impact bonds, and social enterprises.

Danielle is a current Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. She is a member of the NSW Treasury Expert Advisory Group on Impact Investing.

In recent years, Danielle has led major external research contracts including for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Social Services, and the Wayside Chapel. She was awarded an ARC DECRA and is currently Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project examining impact investing markets and gender equality.

Danielle's research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, and Human Relations, and her latest book is 'Theories of Social Innovation' (Edward Elgar). She is currently Senior Editor of Information & Organization, and serves on the editorial boards of Organization Studies and Journal of Management Inquiry.

She completed a Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Science at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Prior professional experience includes industry and innovation policy, business and international development for organisations such as the World Bank, and Australian Federal and State Departments of Industry.

Our team

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Our research & collaborations

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Our Graduate Certificate in Social Impact is Commonwealth supported. If you receive an offer from UNSW Sydney as a domestic student, you’ll have a substantial proportion of your fees subsidised by the Australian government.

Centre for Social Impact:

We're also a member of a national collaboration of Centres for Social Impact across Australia: