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.
Poverty and income inequality
This research program focuses on the factors leading to poverty and the role of policy in addressing these causes.
Community-engaged research moves beyond seeing members of communities as research ‘subjects’, enabling them to drive the research agendas that concern them.
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.
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)||Not running in 2016|
|Interdisciplinary seed-funding (MAEVe)||
Expressions of interest: April 4 - April 29 2016 |
Invited presentations: May 20 2016
|Interdisciplinary seed-funding (DRI)||May 6 2016 - June 17 2016|
|Post-doctoral award||To be confirmed 2016|
|Community fellowships||2016 fellowships allocated|
|Doctoral academy fund||
Round 1 opens May 16, closes June 24|
Round 2 opens August 15, closes September 16
Australian Government Research
|2016 scholarships allocated|