About the Applied Research Centre

The Applied Research Centre forms a key part of the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, translating research and resources relevant to social cohesion into practical insight.

Through events, learning programs and considered explanations of research, the Applied Research Centre provides tools, information and innovations that empower individuals and organisations to strengthen cohesion in their communities.



The Centre produces twice-yearly narratives that explore a current or emerging social cohesion issue, consolidating and interpreting available research on the topic in a way that is digestible and practically usable.

Read about the latest narrative, below.


Australia’s English problem: how to renew our once celebrated Adult Migrant English Program

This narrative examines the state of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in order to explore the landscape of English language learning among migrants and refugees in Australia. It explores the difficulties that have beset the AMEP, and proposes some possible reforms to restore the strength of the program, arguing that any move to improve the state of English language learning must involve a collaborative response from government, business and civil society.



The Roundtables are meetings between senior executives from government and agencies, and national and international experts, to discuss current and potential approaches to the integration of migrants in Australia.


Summer School

Corporate, government and community leaders from across Australia are invited to meet, debate and learn new ways of thinking about social cohesion issues, informed by the Institute’s yearly research program.

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Summer School Program

Leaders from the community, government and corporate sector are invited to participate in an annual gathering to meet, debate and learn about the Institute’s yearly research program.
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The Institute brings together Australia’s leading minds to discuss social cohesion and migration.