The Melbourne Social Equity Institute brings together researchers to address disadvantage across social life, including health, education, housing, culture, work and transport.
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI) supports interdisciplinary research on social equity issues across the full spectrum of social life including health, law, education, housing, work and transport. We bring together researchers from across the University of Melbourne to identify unjust or unfair practices that lead to social inequity and work towards finding ways to ameliorate disadvantage.
MSEI prioritises rights-based and interdisciplinary research, involving partners from the community and giving those with a lived experience of disadvantage voice in the focus, design and outcomes of research. Interdisciplinary research means drawing on the strengths of each of our university’s faculties in order to better solve complex problems of disadvantage. Involving community partners ensures that research is relevant to those outside the academy.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers is essential to ensure a humane and equitable future.Read more
Poverty and income inequality
This research program focuses on the factors leading to poverty and the role of policy in addressing these causes.Read more
Community-engaged research moves beyond seeing members of communities as research ‘subjects’, enabling them to drive the research agendas that concern them.Read more
Violence against women and their children
Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe) aims to bring together researchers from across the University.Read more
As part of the commitment to interdisciplinarity, MSEI seeks to identify and support communities of academics who research similar areas of inequity. The Disability Research Initiative (DRI) was founded following an MSEI-led forum for disability rights researchers and continues to be a close partner in research and training activities. The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) recognises the leadership of University of Melbourne academics in this field and is supported as one of MSEI's key research programs.
MSEI continues to be closely involved with research communities including the Ageing Research Initiative, the Children's Lives Hallmark Initiative and the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program . It is also the venue for monthly Researchers for Asylum Seekers meetings and convenes a network of gender equity researchers.
|Interdisciplinary seed-funding (MSEI)||To be confirmed 2017|
|Interdisciplinary seed-funding (MAEVe)||To be confirmed 2017|
|Interdisciplinary seed-funding (DRI)||To be confirmed 2017|
|Post-doctoral award||To be confirmed 2017|
|Community fellowships||Expressions of interest close 27 March 2017|
|Doctoral academy fund||The next intake will be in 2018|
Australian Government Research
|To be confirmed 2017|
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute offers a number of opportunities for students, including scholarship opportunities, networking events and a doctoral academy to support research.
Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute is launching a new interdisciplinary PhD program in semester two, 2017. The program will bring together doctoral candidates from across the University of Melbourne to focus on issues related to refugees and forced migration.
Expressions of interest to join the program must be completed by 5pm on Thursday 1 June 2017.
Each year the Melbourne Social Equity Institute gives Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships and other scholarships to students whose interest in social equity issues aligns closely to our research agenda. Recipients of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship are given automatic entry into our doctoral academy once they have completed confirmation.
The 2016 allocation of PhD scholarships has been exhausted. Current funding opportunities are listed here.
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute selects a cohort of research higher degree students from across the university to share their research, knowledge and ideas on social equity issues. The academy aims to support students through peer-learning opportunities and mentoring from experienced academics.
Membership of the academy will expose doctoral students to different disciplinary perspectives and research methodologies that will enhance their own research. The next intake of Doctoral Academy students will take place in 2018.
At the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, we acknowledge an imperfect world. We realise that societies are sometimes beset by divisions of culture, economic status or creed. Chances of birth such as class, race, ability or gender often lead to marginalisation and disempowerment.
We strive to identify the origins of disadvantage and develop effective solutions through high-end research and active community engagement.
Our vision is to influence government policy, public opinion and social practices through the highest quality scholarship in order to create fairer societies.
The MSEI was established in mid-2012 as part of the University's family of interdisciplinary research institutes. It operates on a 'virtual institute' model, meaning that it has a small directorate who are responsible for allocating funding, co-ordinating communities of like-minded researchers and engaging with external partners, policy-makers and the public.
The MSEI was heavily involved in the establishment of the Disability Research Initiative and the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children, and has worked closely with the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program since its inception.
The MSEI's small directorate co-ordinate research and engagement activities.Read more
Program leaders steer the MSEI's research direction, commission projects and champion outputs.Read more
The MSEI is guided by its reference group and advisory board.Read more