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.

Our research projects

Research Programs

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..

Funding opportunities

Interdisciplinary seed funding (MSEI)To be confirmed 2017
Interdisciplinary seed funding (MAEVe) Applications close Monday 16 October 2017
Interdisciplinary seed funding (DRI)To be confirmed 2017
Post-doctoral awardTo be confirmed 2017
Community fellowshipsExpressions of interest closed 27 March 2017
Doctoral academy fund The next intake will be in 2018

Australian Government Research
Training Program Scholarships

To be confirmed 2017