How can people develop the capabilities they need to choose a life they value and that is free from disadvantage?

A practical model for change

A feature that separates the Life Course Centre from other research initiatives is its core translational component. This means that not only does the Centre identify the drivers of deep and persistent disadvantage, it also develops and trials new solutions in policy and practice, trains the next generation of research leaders, and builds capacity across government, researchers and non-government organisations.

Our research is organised into three interrelated research programs:

  1. Disadvantage Systems (how disadvantage occurs)
  2. Human Capabilities (who experiences disadvantage and why)
  3. Social Transformation (what to do about it)

The connections between the programs provide an important feedback loop. Testing new solutions to target disadvantage teaches us more about how it happens and who is affected.