Research environment

ADI aims to create a vibrant research environment which supports excellence, innovation and collaboration among theorists and problem-oriented researchers who examine contentious and critical social issues. The Institute supports its members through mentoring and training schemes, and helps to develop career pathways for our early career and doctoral researchers.

Our global research agenda

We're committed to a genuinely worldly research agenda. We reflect the reality that the social, political and cultural issues Australia faces are interconnected with international influences and processes.

Our approach to research and capacity building reflects this global awareness as we collaborate and partner with universities, civil society organisations and government agencies around the world. We have expertise in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and we actively pursue collaborative interdisciplinary research with many partners in these regions.


Excellence and innovation

In 2017, ADI researchers attracted over 4 million dollars of external research income.

We are proud to host a number of nationally and internationally recognised researchers and currently have 16 ARC funded projects including four Future Fellowships, five Discovery Projects, one Discovery Indigenous Project and six DECRAs.

Mentoring and training

We are continuing to build our reputation as a world-class research training facility. Our commitment to HDR research includes regular investment in new PhD scholarships, the appointment of dedicated ADI HDR Coordinators, and inclusion of doctoral researchers in leading scholarly events, including seminars and symposia.

Our research streams

The Institute's research streams foster opportunities for collaboration, project development and mentoring among members and students with shared research interests and priorities. We provide significant financial and administrative resources to our four streams to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and to seed new research.

Our research streams were recently rearticulated to better reflect the Institute’s research growth and priorities, as well as evolving global and local influences and agendas. More information regarding the rearticulated research streams will be added shortly.

Research Projects

We conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), as well as in partnerships and consultancies with the not-for-profit sector, government and industry.

Find out more about how numerous current and past research projects.

Our research networks