Better policies, better lives.

The Stretton Institute facilitates stronger links between government, industry and the University of Adelaide by bringing together policy researchers and experts to address key policy issues.

Our people

Our researchers are dedicated to connecting current and rigorous research to policy issues.

Our research

We drive a multi-disciplinary and multi-method policy research approach to address issues important to South Australia, Australia and globally.

Hugh Stretton AC

The Stretton Institute is named in honour of one of Australia’s leading public intellectual and social-democratic thinkers. 

Upcoming events

The Stretton Institute regularly hosts symposiums, webinars and master classes. You can find the overview here.

Past events

Recordings of past events can be found in this section.

Policy matters

The Stretton Institute contributes to many policy matters. Find policy briefs here.

Hugh Stretton Oration

Listen to the 2022 annual Hugh Stretton Oration with Natasha Stott Despoja AO.

Listen to the recording


Policy & Engagement

We facilitate stronger links between government, industry and researchers from across the University of Adelaide. 

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Latest News

Australian Cultural Policy Now: from quick fixes to long-term progress

With the performing arts reeling from the impact of COVID, this webinar explores a pathway forward.  Grappling with issues such as whether cultural policy should focus nationally or locally, how to shift cultural policy from industrial policy to public service, how inclusive it could be, and how building for the future might take place, three distinguished speakers survey the landscape. They will provide an overview of the settings for Cultural Policy in Australia and also explore how the substructure can be nurtured.

Developing tools to detect and combat child sexual abuse

There is considerable evidence to suggest that global demand for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is growing. Consistent with this demand, is a surge in the volume of CSAM available online, including static imagery and, increasingly, pre-recorded and live-stream video.

Healthy Eating Policy and Political Philosophy

The Food Values Research Group and the Stretton Institute co-hosted a webinar on 22 February 2022 to discuss Assoc Prof Anne Barnhill and Dr Matteo Bonotti’s upcoming book Healthy Eating Policy and Political Philosophy: A Public Reason Approach.