Research Areas

Our research brings attention to care relationships, the labour and tasks of care, the distribution of care between family, community, market and state, and the impact, benefits and costs of care.

For over 10 years, SPRC researchers have worked collaboratively with the Chinese government, local authorities and communities, researchers, not-for-profits, civil society and other key organisations to conduct research to inform the development of effective evidence-based social policy.

We engage with researchers with disability, and other disability researchers as principals in research, to promote the inclusion of people with disability in research work, research training, and other events.

Drug policy, drug use and drug harms are dynamic: we do not have a set view of what drug policy should be – rather the key goal is to help generate effective drug policy based on the best research findings. 

We study the policies designed to improve wellbeing and social outcomes. Our projects investigate social practices and decisions to do with work and family, parenting, childcare, gendered/household division of work, child and family wellbeing, and child welfare and family support. 

We investigate the extent and impact of inequality and poverty. Our projects include studies of the lived experience of poverty, and studies of how poverty, deprivation and disadvantage are conceptualised and measured.