Research Centres

As well as our other research topics, Per Capita has three specialist research centres dedicated to specific areas:

The Centre for
New Industry

The Centre for New Industry (CNI) creates policy solutions that support a mission-oriented approach to industrial policy, and advocate for economic diversification, decarbonisation and democratisation. The Centre will build a vision of the future that provides greater employment opportunities for workers, greater stability and security for regional communities, and works with community, workers and industry for a successful shift to a zero carbon, full employment economy.

We believe that Australia needs a vision of the future that provides greater employment opportunities for workers and their families, greater stability and security for regional communities, and better equips Australia to respond and adapt to economic and industrial change.

We believe that Australia cannot rely on top-down solutions to economic development, but must work with community, workers and industry to create long lasting, sustainable economic growth. Our unique country, with a vast land mass and low population density, requires unique economic solutions to the challenges we face as a nation. The Centre will support the development of these solutions by producing detailed yet accessible research that is grounded in the experiences of people and place to explore the skills formation and industry policy requirements for successful shift to a zero carbon, full employment economy.

The Centre for
Equitable Housing

The Centre for Equitable Housing (CEH) is aimed at providing research, policy advice and public engagement on housing affordability-related issues.

CEH works toward a future where all Australians can be sure of a secure, appropriate, sustainable and affordable home, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Secure and appropriate housing is a fundamental human right, essential to household wellbeing and critical for communities and the economy. Home is the epicentre of our lives. But despite our growing national wealth, it is increasingly difficult for Australians to find homes which are affordable, in the right location, of the right size, of decent quality, and secure in terms of tenure.

Housing policies at the national, state and local level are failing to adapt to changing social needs and economic conditions, and frequently entrench inequalities within and between generations. Policymaking around housing is often described as a “wicked problem”, but negative policy outcomes are being borne by an increasingly large proportion of society while the benefits are absorbed by a shrinking share of the population.

The Centre of the Public Square

The Centre of the Public Square (CPS) is dedicated to building better models of citizen engagement and civic collaboration.

Our public square has been transformed into a place of division, disinformation and diatribes, manipulated by global digital platforms that undermine trust in government, social cohesion and democracy. In order to combat this, we must build better ways of imagining what strong civic connections look like.

The Centre will advocate for responsible technology to mitigate against the harms of Big Tech and their influence in our public square. We will conduct Town Hall projects that build communities of interest in civil society and the general public. We will convene public events and discussions to build a scalable network of engaged citizens, restoring trust in public institutions and civic participation.

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