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University of Tasmania presents

How do Social Enterprises affect our Wellbeing?

  • Tue 23rd Jul 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 2 Invermay Rd, Launceston TAS 7248
  • Book Tickets

Working together to improve wellbeing for everyone

Governments and communities invest in social enterprises to bring about individual and/or community benefits, but just how social enterprises impact on people’s lives and communities is not well understood. This forum explores findings from a 3-year project which used GIS mapping, observations and interviews to show how and where social enterprises touch the lives of people, economies and societies of two regional cities, Launceston and Bendigo. It will discuss how social enterprise fits within regional city economic and social development. 

International and Australian researchers will share insights into how social enterprises impact on the lives of their participants by providing spaces of wellbeing that promote realisation of capability, integration, security and therapy. Social enterprises that are active in regional city networks are able to expand spaces of wellbeing to the community, generating community benefits alongside benefits for participants.

The panel will discuss implications of findings for Launceston and its social enterprises.


  • Professor Jane Farmer, Director, Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University

  • Professor Sue Kilpatrick, University of Tasmania

  • Dr Sarah-Anne Muñoz, University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland

  • Professor Michael Roy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland


  • Donna Bain, General Manager, SelfHelp Workplace

  • Denise Delphin, Manager, Northern Suburbs Community Centre

  • Craig Perkins, Director, Regional Development RDA (Tas)

Moderated by Professor Richard Eccleston, Director of University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change

Refreshments from 5.00pm

Presented in partnership with Institute for the Study of Social Change, Swinburne Social Innovation Institute and La Trobe University.