BSocSci (Hons 1st)
PhD (Social Policy) (2015)
Dr Ariella Meltzer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW. Her research focus is on relationships and social change, with particular interests in disability, young people, siblings and families, mentoring, peer support and supportive community relationships. She also has a core research interest in information accessibility for people with disability. Finally, she has been involved in a range of research and evaluation across the social impact sector, including designing social impact measurement approaches and researching examples of social procurement and social impact investment.
Much of Ariella’s work seeks to unpack the idea of ‘relational service provision’ – i.e. human services that both support and are supported by the variety of human relationships which are present in people’s lives and which impact their social and economic outcomes. Her recent work in this area includes:
Ariella works closely with government departments (federal and state), peak bodies and not-for-profit organisations throughout the disability and youth services sectors, to ensure that her research findings inform real-world impact for those delivering human services and their beneficiary groups. The success of her research is reflected in ongoing research relationships with several organisations.
Methodologically, Ariella is experienced in complex qualitative research, including projects involving multiple stakeholders, longitudinal components, complex project management requirements, multiple methods and diverse informational needs for different audiences. Her skills cross field work with people with disability and young people, analysis of complex qualitative data, social impact and outcomes measurement, and the presentation of information for different audiences.
Ariella completed her PhD at UNSW Sydney in 2015. Outside her direct research role, Ariella is a Board Member for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability and a Research and Social Policy Advisor for Siblings Australia.
UNSW Business School Research Impact Award (2020)
UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award for Research Society Impact (2015)