Professor Kristy Muir

Chief Executive Officer

BA Hons, PhD, GAICD

Professor Kristy Muir is the CEO of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), a Professor of Social Policy at UNSW Sydney and an elected member of UNSW Sydney’s Council. She has worked for more than two decades with for-purpose organisations to help understand, measure, and find innovative solutions to complex social problems.

Kristy has undertaken dozens of projects with many government, not-for-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organisations to help improve social impact. Her research, which has attracted more than $11 million in funding, has focused on children, young people, families and communities and spans many social domains (e.g. education, employment and social participation, wellbeing, disability, mental health, financial resilience). She has published widely in policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals and in publicly accessible and popular media, such as TEDx, The Mandarin, The Guardian and The Conversation.

Kristy has strong leadership and management expertise, is an excellent communicator and public speaker, and is able to diagnose problems, identify key issues and work collaboratively to make progress. She asks and seeks answers to difficult 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?

In 2013, Kristy won the UNSW Staff Excellence Award for Senior Leadership. She was formerly the Research Director at CSI (2013-15), the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2011-13) and the Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre (2009-2010) at UNSW Sydney. She has a PhD in social history, is a graduate of the AICD and, prior to joining academia, worked in the not-for-profit sector.

See Kristy Muir’s LinkedIn profile.

k.muir@unsw.edu.au
02 8936 0923

Publications by Professor Kristy Muir

  • Book Chapters
    • Muir K; Goldblatt, 2013, 'Complementing or conflicting human rights conventions? Realising an inclusive approach to families with a young person with a disability and challenging behaviour', in Moore M (ed.), Moving Beyond Boundaries Disability Studies, Routledge, pp. 629 - 642
    • Muir K, 2006, '`That bastards following me!` Mentally ill war veterans struggling to maintain control', in Social Histories of Disability and Deformity: Bodies Images and Experience, edn. 1, Routledge Press, Oxon, pp. 161 - 174
  • Journal articles
    • Soldatic K; van Toorn G; Dowse L; Muir K, 2014, 'Intellectual Disability and Complex Intersections: Marginalisation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 6 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.906050
    • Muir K; Strnadova, 2014, 'Whose responsibility? Resilience in families of children with developmental disabilities',Disability and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.886555
    • Dadich A; Fisher KR; Muir K, 2013, 'How can non-clinical case management complement clinical support for people with chronic mental illness residing in the community?', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 482 - 489, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2012.748207
    • Patulny R; Muir K; Powell A; Flaxman S; Oprea I, 2013, 'Are we reaching them yet? Service access patterns among attendees at the headspace youth mental health initiative', Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 95 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00662.x
    • Strnadova I; Muir, K, 2013, 'Whose responsibility? Resilience in families of children with developmental disabilities',Disability and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.886555
    • Muir K; Powell A; McDermott S, 2012, ''They don't treat you like a virus': youth-friendly lessons from the Australian National Youth Mental Health Foundation.', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 181 - 189,http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01029.x
    • Muir K; Powell A, 2012, 'Walking a well-being tightrope: young people in Australia', Journal of Population Research, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 293 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12546-012-9095-4
    • Muir K; Goldblatt B, 2011, 'Complementing or conflicting human rights conventions? Realising an inclusive approach to families with a young person with a disability and challenging behaviour', Disability and Society, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 629 - 642, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2011.589195
    • Purcal C; Muir K; Patulny R; Thomson C; Flaxman S, 2011, 'Does partnership funding improve coordination and collaboration among early childhood services? - Experiences from the Communities for Children programme', Child and Family Social Work, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 474 - 484, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00766.x
    • Edwards B; Gray M; Wise S; Hayes A; Katz I; Muir K; Patulny R, 2011, 'Early impacts of Communities for Children on children and families: findings from a quasi-experimental cohort study.', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 65, no. 10, pp. 909 - 914, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2010.118133
    • Muir K; Katz I; Edwards B; Gray M; Sarah W; Hayes A, 2010, 'The National Evaluation of the Communities for Children Initiative', Family Matters, vol. 84, pp. 35 - 42
    • Sawrikar P; Muir K, 2010, 'The myth of a 'fair go': barriers to sport and recreational participation among Indian and other ethnic minority women in Australia', Sport Management Review, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 355 - 367
    • Dadich A; Muir K, 2009, 'Tricks of the trade in community mental health research: working with mental health services and clients.', Evaluation and the Health Professions, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 38 - 58,http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163278708328738
    • Griffiths MJ; Muir K; Sawrikar P, 2009, 'Culturally appropriate mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia',Youth Studies Australia, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 32 - 40
    • Muir K; Fisher KR; Dadich A; Abello D, 2008, 'Challenging the exclusion of people with mental illness: the Mental Health Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 43, pp. 271 - 290
    • Muir K, 2007, 'The predisposition theory, human rights and Australian psychiatric casualties of war', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 13 (1), pp. 195 - 219
    • Muir K, 2007, 'Public Peace, Private Wars: The Psychological Effects of War on Australian Veterans', War and Society, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 61 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/072924707791591893
    • Muir K; Fisher KR, 2007, 'Stable housing, the foundation of improved mental health: findings from the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)', New Paradigm, pp. 50 - 53
  • Reports
    • McDermott SC; Bruce J; Oprea I; Fisher KR; Muir K, 2011, Evaluation of the Whole of Mental Health, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI), Second Report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, Social Policy Research Centre Reports, 5, Reports
    • Powell A; Muir K; Adamson E; Flaxman S; Gendera S; Heese K; Oprea I; Zhu A; Vespignani J; Behrend Z; Malins T; Lind L; Williams B; Holmes J, 2011, A Picture of NSW Children, NSW Commission for Children and Young People, Sydney, A Picture of NSW Children, Reports
    • Meltzer A; Muir K; Dinning B, 2010, Report on the consultation data for the revision of the National Standards for Disability Services: Final Report, Department of Human Services, Victoria, Reports
    • Goldblatt BA; Muir K; Meltzer A; Dinning B, 2010, NSW Continuous Care Pilot Evaluation: Final Report, Multilple Sclerosis Limited, Reports
    • McDermott; Bruce; Muir K; Johansson K, 2010, Evaluation of the Mental Health, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) (first report), 6/2010, Reports
    • Muir K; McDermott SC; Gendera S; Flaxman S; Patulny RV; Abello D; Katz I, 2009, Independent evaluation of headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation: interim evaluation report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, Report 5/09, Reports
    • Patulny RV; Oprea I; Muir K, 2009, Appendix D (PDF): CfC Program Costs and Effects, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, Reports
    • McDermott, 2009, Evaluation of the Severe Domestic Squalor project (evaluation plan), 15/2009, Reports
    • Muir K; Katz I; Purcal C; Patulny R; Flaxman S; Abello D; Cortis N; Thomson CM; Oprea I; Wise S; Edwards B; Gray M; Hayes A, 2009, Appendix A: Local Answers Progress Reports Summary [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occasional Paper 24, Reports
    • Muir K; Mullan K; Powell A; Flaxman S; Thompson DA; Griffiths MJ, 2009, State of Australia's young people: a report on the social, economic, health and family lives of young people, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, Reports
    • Flaxman S; Muir K; Oprea I, 2009, Indigenous families and children: coordination and provision of services, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, 23, Reports
    • Muir K; Powell A; Patulny RV; Flaxman S; McDermott SC; Gendera S; Abello D; Katz I, 2009, Headspace Evaluation Report Independent Evaluation of headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 19/09, Reports
    • Muir K; Katz I; Purcal C; Patulny R; Flaxman S; Abello D; Cortis N; Thomson CM; Oprea I; Wise S; Edwards B; Gray M; Hayes A, 2009, Appendix F: SFCS evaluation instruments [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, Reports
    • Patulny RV; Flaxman S; Purcal C; Muir K; Oprea I; Longden TA, 2009, Appendix C: CfC Service Coordination Study [SFCS Evaluation], Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, Reports
    • Muir K; Katz I; Purcal C; Patulny R; Flaxman S; Abello D; Cortis N; Thomson CM; Oprea I; Wise S; Edwards B; Gray M; Hayes A, 2009, National Evaluation (2004-2008) of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004-2009, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, FaHCSIA Occasional Papers, Occassional Paper 24, Reports
    • Purcal C; Thomson CM; Flaxman S; Abello D; Spooner CJ; Muir K; Chan SE, 2008, National evaluation (2004-2008) of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004?2009, Appendix G: CFC Fieldwork Report, Prepared for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA internal report), Sydney, SPRC Report, Reports
    • Cortis N; Sawrikar P; Muir K, 2008, Participation in sport and recreation by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 8/08, Reports
    • Muir K; Tudball J; Robinson S, 2008, Family resilience where families have a child (0-8 years) with disability: Final report, Social Policy and Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 10/08, Reports
    • Muir K; McDermott SC; Katz I; Patulny RV; Flaxman S; Gendera S, 2008, Independent evaluation of headspace: evaluation plan, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Report prepared for headspace, SPRC Report 20/08, Reports
    • Sawrikar P; Griffiths MJ; Muir K, 2008, Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people and mentoring : the case of Horn of African young people in Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people and mentoring : the case of Horn of African young people in Australia, Reports
    • Muir K, 2008, Family resilience where families have a child (0-8 years) with a disability: literature review, Social Policy and Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 9/08, Reports
    • Cortis N; Sawrikar P; Muir K, 2007, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women: literature and data review, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports, SPRC Report 4/07, Reports
    • Cortis N; Muir K, 2007, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women: stakeholder consultation report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 5/07, Reports
    • Muir K, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI): Stage 1 Evaluation Report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 10/07, Reports
    • Muir K; Dadich A; Bleasdale M; Fisher KR, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Report III, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 2/07, Reports
    • Fisher KR; Muir; Dadich; Abello; Bleasdale M, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI): stage 1 (evaluation report), 10/2007, Reports
    • Fisher KR; Anderson A; Muir K, 2007, Attendant care direct funding pilot project: evaluation plan, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 3/07, Reports
    • Muir K; Dadich A; Abello D; Bleasdale M; Fisher KR, 2007, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Report III, summary, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2007-2008, SPRC Report 1/07, Reports
    • Morris A; Fisher KR; Dadich A; Muir K; Abello D; Norris K; Bourne C; Martire KA, 2006, Models of Centralised Intake and Waiting List Management Systems: Feasibility Report, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2005-2006, SPRC Report Series 12/06, Reports
    • Muir K; Dadich A; Abello D; Bleasdale M; Morris A; Fisher KR, 2006, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Report II, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2005-2006, SPRC Report 10/06, Reports
    • Fisher KR; Morris; Muir; Dadich; Abello; Bleasdale, 2006, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (report I: summary), 9/2006, Reports
    • Muir K; Boot R, 2005, Working towards digital and social inclusion with community technology learning centres: an evaluation of The Smith Family?s involvement in Microsoft Unlimited Potential, The Smith Family, Sydney, It takes a community to bridge a divide :working towards digital and social inclusion with community technology learning centres, Reports
    • Morris A; Muir K; Dadich A; Abello D; Bleasdale M, 2005, Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative: Summary Report I, Social Policy Rearch Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports 2005-2006, SPRC Report 9/06, Reports
    • Muir K, 2004, Connecting Communities with CTLCs: from the digital divide to social inclusion, The Smith Family, Sydney, Connecting communities with CTLCs : from the digital divide to social inclusion, Reports
    • Muir K; Maguire A; Slack-smith D; Murray M, 2003, Youth unemployment in Australia: a contextual, governmental and organisational perspective, The Smith Family for the AMP Foundation, Sydney, Research Development, November 2003, Reports
  • Conference Presentations
    • Flaxman S; Oprea I; Patulny RV; Muir K; Powell A; McDermott SC, 2011, 'Are we reaching them now? Service access patterns amongst users of headspace youth mental health services', in , presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 6 - 8 July 2011
    • Muir K; Patulny RV, 2009, 'The relationship between mental health and perceived wellbeing for people with mental illness', in , presented at UNSW Research Showcase, UNSW, Sydney, 20 August 2009
    • Patulny RV; Muir K, 2009, 'Increasing the social participation of young people with mental health problems', in , presented at Disability Studies Conference, UNSW, 26 - 27 June 2009
    • Sawrikar P; Muir K, 2008, 'Sport and recreation participation among Indian women in Australia', in , presented at Women?s Worlds, Spain, 3 - 9 July 2008
    • Muir K; Tudball J, 2008, 'Family resilience in families where a young child has a disability', in , presented at Families Through Life, 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 9 - 11 July 2008
    • Sawrikar P; Griffiths MJ; Muir K, 2008, 'Mentoring for Horn of African young people in Australia', in , presented at Association of Children?s Welfare Agencies Conference and the 2008 Management and Leadership Institute, Sydney, Australia, 18 - 20 August 2008
    • Muir K; Fisher KR; Abello D; Dadich A, 2007, 'Challenging the disabling nature of mental illness: the evaluation results of the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI)', in , presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, University of New South Wales, 11 - 13 July 2007
    • Sawrikar P; Muir K, 'The myth of a ?fair go?: Barriers to sport and recreational participation among Indian and other ethnic minority women in Australia', in , presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2010.01.005
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