Dr Chris Mason

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Chris Mason is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne.

Chris is a leading, internationally-recognised social enterprise scholar and an expert in qualitative methodologies. His scholarly work focuses on the discursive processes cutting across policy-making and organisational change. His studies of social enterprise explore many different facets of these processes, from the shaping effects of social enterprise policy discourses to the narratives explaining organisational responses to paradoxes.

His multidisciplinary approach has been applied to a variety of critical social issues, such as exploring the role of social enterprise in addressing youth health inequity, and understanding how social enterprise tackles homelessness and affordable housing issues in Australia. In 2017, Australian Quarterly noted Chris as one of the leading writers on inequality in Australia.

Chris’s research frequently engages with practice and industry, including working on the Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector project, and advising on the Map for Impact project for the Victorian government. He also leads the development of the Social Enterprise Reporting Tool.

 Chris’s work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Business Venturing, Policy & Politics, and the Journal of Business Ethics. He is also an Associate Editor of the Social Enterprise Journal and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

A list of Chris’s publications, research projects and media can be found here.

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