Social Science Week comes to Swinburne


This year, Swinburne will celebrate Social Science Week with a week-long series of events to broaden our community’s knowledge of the incredible impact social science has on the way we live with each other.

Join us for an event or on social media at #SSW2022.

Discuss Aussie rules with real football fans

Swinburne’s Sports Innovation Research Group invites you to enter the award-winning podcast ‘group chat’ The Outer Sanctuary and find out how they interact with big ideas and tough issues in sport and beyond every week.

The all-female team of The Outer Sanctuary describe their podcast as an AFLM and AFLW chat done differently. They unpack Aussie Rules and other away sports stories with a consciously feminist and inclusive lens.

Dr. Kasey Symons of Sport Innovation Research Group will moderate a discussion providing insight into how podcasts such as The Outer Sanctum are changing the way we hear, discuss and consume sports media. It’s a place to hear the football stories and passionate football voices we don’t usually hear, with a focus on inclusion and intersectionality.

A Night with the Outer Sanctum: Inside the Group Chat will be hosted at the Hawthorn campus in Swinburne and streamed online for those further afield.

Work with data scientists

How did data from online teen relationship forums help the Alannah & Madeline Foundation develop a social media campaign that prevents online abuse?

What happened when a team of social scientists and data scientists collaborated with the Melbourne nonprofit to visualize social impact through data analytics?

How are Swinburne researchers and the Red Cross working together to identify and map community resources for crisis response?

In this lunchtime webinar, researchers from the Swinburne Node of the ARC Center of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society and the Social Innovation Research Institute discuss how bringing together social scientists and data scientists had a social impact.

Join social innovation researchers Professor Kath Albury, Professor Anthony McCosker, Dr Yong-Bin Kang and Dr Frances Shaw at Social Science + Data Science = Impact: Collaborative Methods for Industry Partnerships.

When your parents are not your caregivers

When children cannot live with their parents, the best option is to live with parents or a trusted adult from their social network. This is called “kinship care”. This can be great for children, but presents a whole host of challenges for families, child protection authorities and the legal fraternity.

Swinburne and Kinship Carers Victoria host Kinship Care: what’s working, what’s not and what’s next? to talk about what it is like to be a family carer, what are the emerging issues with this structure and how to improve policies and practices.

It is perfect for students, researchers, advocates and policymakers interested in hearing this discussion and helping to support families, caregivers and children involved in kinship care in Victoria.


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