Social & Policy
The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI) is a centre for excellence in quantitative social science. Their work contributes to advancing quantitative social science in three key ways. Firstly, they are actively engaged in developing new methods and forms of data for conducting quantitative social science research. Second, they apply new and established quantitative methods to answer major substantive social and political research questions. Finally they offer extensive training and capacity building to help the academic and non-academic community make the best use of quantitative methods and data to conduct their own research.
The Institute environment is a highly inter-disciplinary and vibrant one, bringing together scholars from a range of social science disciplines including sociology, politics, health and criminology. Their core research projects investigate a range of important societal problems such as the causes and consequences of social and ethnic inequalities, the drivers and barriers to wider civic and political participation and the ethical and practical challenges that new forms of data bring to social research. Their core mission is to offer innovative and rigorous empirical answers to contemporary social and political problems, and to empower others to do the same.