Project team

Dr Scott Ewing

Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne Institute for Social Research

Dr Ewing has more than twenty years’ experience as a social researcher, both at Swinburne and in the private sector. He is currently managing the Australian component of the World Internet Project, a global survey of internet use and non-use. Scott has considerable expertise in information policy, the social impact of new technologies, the use of quantitative data and economic evaluation. He completed a thesis in 2013 that examined the use of statistics to understand the evolving internet and its implications.

Scott has taught at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level and currently teaches into the suite of Housing Management and Policy courses at Swinburne. He is currently the Academic Director- Research Development for the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in Faculty of Health, Arts and Design and the School’s Research Ethics Advisor.

Professor Jo Barraket

Director, CSI Swinburne

Professor Barraket is a leading researcher in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. She has an abiding interest in the use of online and mobile technologies by individuals and by not for profit organisations. Professor Barraket has recently led work for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation on the relationship between social innovation– including digitally enabled social change – and health equities at household, community and population levels. She has in the past conducted research for the Federal Government on access and equity issues in online technology use in higher education, and is highly cited for her work on the sociology of online dating. Professor Barraket’s primary area of research for the past eight years has been social enterpreneurship; she has extensive networks with the not for profit sector, social businesses, and policy and strategy professionals as a result of her leadership in this area. As part of the CSI network, Professor Barraket also leads research on measuring social impacts, including developing indicators for measuring complex social interventions.

Professor Julian Thomas

Director, Swinburne Institute for Social Research and Professor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Thomas’s research interests lie in information and communications policy and the histories of communications technologies. He has worked for many years in the area of digital inclusion. Recent publications include The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), co-authored with Ramon Lobato, and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012), coauthored with Megan Richardson. Julian is also a member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts, the Consumer Consultative Forum of the Australian Media and Communications Authority, and Telstra’s CEO-Consumer Roundtable.

Dr Andrew Joyce

Research Fellow, CSI Swinburne

Dr Joyce is a leading researcher in practice based research and evaluation in complex settings. He is currently leading a number of projects alongside colleagues from Information Systems on online monitoring tools and processes that support collaborative practice. He has over 15 years’ experience in the management and delivery of evaluation projects for government and not for profit organisations. Dr Joyce’s research interests are the use of continuous quality improvement models and the role of evaluation within practice and policy settings. He has a history of joint appointments between academia and practice, having previously worked for ten years as a public health lecturer at Curtin University and then Monash University, together with industry related roles in coordinating and evaluating health and social policies and programs. More recently, he has led the evaluation of state-wide policies in the areas of public health and education.

Associate Professor Kristy Muir

Director of Research (Social Outcomes) CSI and Associate Professor of Social Policy, University of New South Wales

A/Prof Kristy Muir is a leading researcher in in systems-thinking for social impact measurement. She works with for-purpose organisations to help understand, measure and find innovative solutions to complex social problems. Over the past decade A/Prof Muir has undertaken dozens of projects with many government, not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic organisations to help improve social impact. Her research and social impact measurement focuses on children, young people, families and communities and, thinking systemically, span a large number of social domains (e.g. education, employment and social participation, wellbeing, disability, mental health, financial resilience). A/Prof Muir has published widely in international and Australian policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals.

Associate Professor Ellie Rennie

Deputy Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research

A/Prof Rennie’s research areas include media policy and community communication, with a current focus on Indigenous broadcasting and broadband in remote Australia. She is Chief Investigator of the ARC Linkage project Home Internet in Remote Indigenous Communities, working with three industry partners: the Centre for Appropriate Technology, the Central Land Council and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (2011-2014). She has published two books: Life of SYN: A Story of the Digital Generation (Monash University Press, 2011) and Community Media: A Global Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).

Ellie is the Vice-President of the Community Broadcasting Foundation and a Director of Engage Media.