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Dr Ariella Meltzer

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Dr Ariella Meltzer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney. Ariella specialises in complex qualitative research. Her research is based in disability studies, youth studies and social policy, and centres on the themes of relationships and social change. She is particularly interested in relationships that are embedded within disability, family and community support, youth, mentoring and peer support contexts. To date,...view more

Dr Ariella Meltzer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney. Ariella specialises in complex qualitative research. Her research is based in disability studies, youth studies and social policy, and centres on the themes of relationships and social change. She is particularly interested in relationships that are embedded within disability, family and community support, youth, mentoring and peer support contexts. To date, some of her key research has been about:

  • How to support the relationships between people with and without disability, particularly 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’s research also often applies a systems thinking lens to examine how inter-personal relationships and different structural, service and funding conditions can promote improved outcomes in social and economic engagement for marginalised and disadvantaged groups.  

Ariella is experienced in project management and complex qualitative research, including projects involving multiple stakeholders; longitudinal components; multiple methods; sensitive fieldwork; participatory, inclusive and accessible methodologies; and diverse informational needs for different audiences. She is known in particular for her work on Easy Read methodologies for use with people with intellectual disability.


My Qualifications

BSocSci (Hons 1st)

PhD (Social Policy)


My Awards

UNSW Business School Research Impact Award (2020)

UNSW  Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award for Research Society Impact (2015)


My Research Activities

Selected current projects:

  • Information accessibility for people with disability and people from non-English speaking backgrounds during the COVID-19 crisis (with Dr Meera Varadharajan, Dr Bronwyn Newman and A/Prof Shanti Raman)
  • Cross-country comparison of sibling support (with Isabella Saunders)
  • Evaluation support for Siblings Australia (with Isabella Saunders)
  • Effective support to prevent youth homelessness following release from youth justice detention (with Chris Hartley, Thomas Writer and Emma Barnes)
  • Harnessing virtual reality for disability inclusiveness (with Dr Veronica Jiang and Xinyue Zhang)
  • your job your way evaluation (with Dr Ioana Ramia)
  • Reducing youth unemployment through social procurement in construction (Lead CI: Prof Martin Loosemore, ARC Linkage grant)
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Location

704, Level 7, Science Engineering Building (E8)

Contact

+61 2 8936 0910