Isabella Saunders grew up in the Blue Mountains of NSW where her love of nature, the outdoors and learning began.
Born to two avid travellers, the value of understanding different ways of life, ideologies and beliefs was nurtured early on. This was solidified during university, where Isabella spent a year studying in Argentina and completed her thesis on the rise of informal labour among disadvantaged groups during times of economic unrest.
Isabella weaves these experiences into her work at the Centre for Social Impact UNSW, where she strives to address systematic social inequality through outcomes measurement and an understanding of how complex systems and programs work.
She is also a researcher for Australia’s first Social Progress Index - a tool that measures how well the states and territories of Australia are providing for the basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunities of its citizens.
Isabella has a combined Bachelor's degree in Communications and International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney, where she majored in Social Inquiry and Latin American Studies.
She has qualitative and mixed-methods research experience in the fields of young people, wellbeing, gender and disability, both in Australia and overseas.