New South Wales Branch

Kristy Muir

Kristy Muir is the Research Director (Social Outcomes) at the Centre for Social Impact and an Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of New South Wales. She works with ‘for purpose’ organisations to help understand, measure and find innovative solutions to complex social problems.  Over the past decade Kristy 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). She asks questions like: How do we increase our social impact? Why are we so stuck? Why are services, supports and policies so fragmented? How might we work innovatively to find, measure and understand solutions for complex social problems? Kristy has won over $8 million in research funding (including from the Australian Research Council) and has published widely in international and Australian policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals.  Her publications are available through this link:  She has strong leadership and management expertise, is an excellent communicator, and is able to diagnose problems, identify key issues and work collaboratively to make progress. She was previously the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2011-13) and the Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre, UNSW. She is an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership Program and UNSW’s Academic Women in Leadership program and won the 2013 UNSW Staff Excellence Award for Senior Leadership. Kristy has a PhD in social history and, prior to joining academia, worked in the not-for-profit sector. 

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