Social Policy

The Social Policy Research Network (SPRN) seeks to connect people from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work with other researchers from around the University and with social policy researchers and practitioners in the public and non-profit sectors. The SPRN hosts seminars, coordinates research collaborations and encourages the involvement of new and early-career researchers as well as research students, managers, policy analysts and practitioners.

Aims of SPRN

The network aims to develop an association of interested people to:

  • enhance mutual learning and development

  • support the conduct of rigorous, theoretically-informed, relevant and timely social policy research

  • collaborate on developing resources and knowledge to engage in contemporary state, national and international social policy debates

  • organise events and other interventions that develop and communicate social policy research to a range of audiences

  • adopt an inclusive approach to new and early-career researchers, research students and all those starting out in the policy and practice arena.

Main research areas

  • community development and participation

  • domestic and gender-related violence

  • gender and social policy

  • Third sector research

  • welfare states (national and international)


Associate Professor Susan Goodwin and Associate Professor Ruth Phillips