About Us


The Institute for Social Capital is a global leader in social capital theory and practice. We believe in the importance of social capital and the transformative potential it can have when it is understood and valued. Social capital provides a framework for identifying, understanding, and communicating the importance of social processes, and has great importance in virtually every aspect of human activity.

We are at the leading edge of the research and application of social capital. We promote scholarly research inquiry on social capital and provide training for researchers. We connect the latest research to our work with organisations. We believe every organisation, every project, every community, and every human activity can benefit from an understanding of social capital.

We aim for positive change through education and insight on the use and understanding of social capital in every facet of life.

The Institute for Social Capital is an independent research, consulting and training organisation founded in 2005. We are located in Australia and have a global reach with clients all over the world. The Institute for Social Capital was formerly Social Capital Research and Training, having rebranded in 2021 to avoid confusion when the community the business established and supported (an informal group of several thousand researchers and practitioners) incorporated to form the International Social Capital Association.


Tristan Claridge established this website in 2005 after completing his postgraduate qualification at the University of Queensland, Australia. The website quickly became one of the top resources on social capital theory, which led to frequent consulting requests from around the world. Tristan assisted projects on an informal basis while teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and in 2013 started to provide services as Social Capital Research and Training.

Tristan continues to actively researching in the field of social capital and is still intently interested in the concept and its application after over 20 years researching in the field. Tristan welcomes comments, questions, and input into this website to improve the resources and is open to requests for consultation and training.


We offer a range of services from conducting research programs to a variety of training and consulting services.


Our research program substantiates the theoretical understandings and allows for meaningful application to business and organisational contexts.


We provide online and onsite training. We offer a variety of training courses and programs that are great for professional development, as well as workshops and seminars.


We work with organisations of all types to develop, implement, evaluate, report, and improve initiates related to social capital or organisational culture.


Helping people and communities

We have hundreds of free articles designed to help people wanting to research or apply social capital. We have provided numerous free public webinars and workshops and we also offer free and premium online training courses.

Our scholarship program supports people who would otherwise not be able to access our premium online training courses.

We established a community of social capital researchers and practitioners that has since become the International Social Capital Association. We continue to support the association and regularly contribute free public webinars and workshops.

We regularly undertake pro bono work with non-profit and community-based organisations. Social capital can have a significant impact on the performance of organisations and their performance to improve social and environmental outcomes.


Improving and using social capital to improve outcomes

The core of our business is working with organisations, projects, and communities that would like to improve and use social capital more effectively. We have the expertise to develop programs for social capital building and improvement across a range of applications.

We also provide capacity building for employees of organisations that would like to develop and implement their own programs.

Training in social capital is extremely valuable to leaders and managers as they have a significant role in creating social capital in their organisation.