Social Impact Hub: Non-profits and Social Enterprises

The Social Impact Hub is a community of UQ Business School researchers whose work relates to social impact organisations (i.e., nonprofits and social enterprises) and socially-conscious business practices. Led by Associate Professor Cassandra Chapman and Associate Professor Jay Weerawardena, the hub brings together over 40 academics and PhD students to:

  • facilitate mentorship, collaboration, and research dissemination,
  • advance our practical and theoretical understanding of social impact practices,
  • and increase the impact of social impact research.

Contact the Social Impact Hub

If you would like more information or to explore opportunities with the Social Impact Hub please contact:

Associate Professor Casandra Chapman headshot


Associate Professor Cassandra Chapman 
Principal Research Fellow, ARC Fund


Associate Professor Jay Weerawardena headshot


Associate Professor Jay Weerawardena
Associate Professor


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Our Research

Collectively, Social Impact Hub researchers have particular expertise related to diverse forms of social impact, especially charities and nonprofits, social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, and socially-conscious business practices.

Charities and nonprofits

Social Impact Hub members research a broad range of topics relevant to the work of charities and nonprofits, both in Australia and around the world. Areas of expertise in this area include:

  • Nonprofit marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Nonprofit programs and evaluation
  • Nonprofit innovation
  • Voluntourism
  • Nonprofit branding

Social enterprises and social entrepreneurship

Social Impact Hub members research hybrid organisations and emerging business models that advance a dual focus on both financial and social profits. Researchers in the group are experts in:

  • Business models and dual value creation in social purpose organisations
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social partnerships

Socially-conscious business practices

Researchers in the Social Impact Hub also focus on a wide range of socially-conscious practices that may be embedded into the work of commercial organisations. These include:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Cause-related marketing
  • Social purpose branding
  • Social impact measurement
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Social marketing
  • Employee wellbeing