Dr Ariella Meltzer

Research Fellow

*Currently on maternity leave*

Dr Ariella Meltzer is a Research Fellow (lived experience and marginalised groups) at CSI UNSW.

Her research focus is on relationships and social change, specifically how to support relationships and how they can contribute to social change, including their contribution to beneficial outcomes in social and economic engagement and wellbeing.

To date, some of her key research has been about:

  • The relationships between people with and without disability, particularly the experience of and support to family and sibling relationships which include a person with disability
  • The experience and impact of relationships that young people have with trusted adults and mentors
  • How relationships facilitate and function within peer support

Ariella has also worked on a range of other research projects focused more broadly on service and funding arrangements, and other structural influences that promote social and economic engagement and other positive social outcomes, including for people with disability, young people, housing and homelessness.

Ariella has experience in complex qualitative research, including projects involving multiple stakeholders, longitudinal components, complex project management requirements, multiple methods and diverse informational needs for different audiences.

Her skills cross field work with people with disability and young people, analysis of complex qualitative data and the presentation of information for different audiences, with a particular focus on accessible ‘Easy Read’ information for people with intellectual disability.

Ariella completed her PhD at UNSW Sydney in 2015 and her publications and presentations are available on the UNSW research website.

You can hear from Ariella in the impact 2020 webinar: Social impact assessment during times of crisis.


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