Senior Research Assistant PhD Candidate
Aurora Elmes is a Senior Research Assistant and PhD Candidate at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. Since joining CSI Swinburne in 2016, Aurora has worked on the Giving Australia 2016 project, co-authored the Philanthropy and Philanthropists report, and assisted with research focused on the resilience and resourcing of social enterprise. She is currently part of the research team for the Social Enterprise Impact Lab. Aurora’s PhD theses is focused on understanding the individual and community effects of social enterprise, through a longitudinal evaluation of Australian social enterprise, Vanguard Laundry Services.
Aurora’s research interests include the social determinants of health, social enterprise, and the use of cross-sectoral approaches to develop more effective and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social issues of our time. Prior to joining CSI Swinburne, Aurora worked at the National Ageing Research Institute, and at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Aurora holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts.Back to Our People