Exploring Research Practices for Social Change: A Facilitated Discussion

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Social researchers, working within and across disciplines, contribute to positive change in the world. We engage with diverse communities, businesses, and governments, and work with a range of professionals and practitioners, to ensure our research outcomes make a difference. We co-create, implement, and assess research projects, leading to advances in policy and practice for the betterment of society.

How do we approach the design of research practices to foster social change? What are the common pain points, pitfalls, and markers of success in community-engaged research for societal impact? This interactive panel discussion will examine issues related to ethics, co-design practices, the use of social media to engage beyond universities – and much more. Our featured speakers will share success stories and lessons learned during their careers, as part of a facilitated discussion.

Panel Facilitator

Ms Joann Cattlin, PhD Student, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT


  • Prof Lisa Given, Director, Social Change Enabling Capability Platform, RMIT
  • Prof Annette Markham, Co-Director, Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT
  • Dr Rebecca Olive, Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT
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