The Social Policy Research Centre is dedicated to making a positive impact through independent and leading research that tackles critical social issues.

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Research areas


Our research brings attention to care relationships, the labour and tasks of care, the distribution of care between family, community, market and state, and the impact, benefits and costs of care.

Chinese social policy

For more than 10 years, SPRC researchers have worked collaboratively with the Chinese government, local authorities and communities, researchers, not-for-profits, civil society and other key organisations to conduct research to inform the development of effective evidence-based social policy.


We engage with researchers with disability, and other disability researchers as principals in research, to promote the inclusion of people with disability in research work, research training and other events.

Drug Policy Modelling Program

Drug policy, drug use and drug harms are dynamic: we do not have a set view of what drug policy should be – rather the key goal is to help generate effective drug policy based on the best research findings.

Families & communities

We study the policies designed to improve wellbeing and social outcomes. Our projects investigate social practices and decisions to do with work and family, parenting, childcare, gendered/household division of work, child and family wellbeing, and child welfare and family support.

Measures of social inequality & wellbeing

We investigate the extent and impact of inequality and poverty. Our projects include studies of the lived experience of poverty, and studies of how poverty, deprivation and disadvantage are conceptualised and measured.

Policy design, impact & evaluation

We investigate the design and delivery of systems to improve wellbeing and social outcomes.

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