College of Arts, Law and Education researchers have a passion for understanding social change at local, national and international levels.
Our researchers contribute to social and cultural change in law, social and public policy, and quality of life by engaging in work that spans diverse disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, education, law, and visual and performing arts.
As well as examining and analysing the causes and consequences of social change, this involves understanding its characteristics to address questions such as:
- How can the creative arts address Tasmania’s diverse economic, social and environmental challenges?
- How can we extend Tasmania’s capacity to operate effectively in the Asian region?
- How can we foster a safe and supportive environment for people of refugee background settling in Tasmania?
- How can we enhance rural and regional education in Tasmania?
- How can social policies enhance the capacity of governments to address contemporary housing problems?
- Can legalising same-sex marriage contribute to ending the discrimination and social stigma faced by LGBTI people in the Western world?
- How can we address inequalities based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion and age?
- How can we understand the development of a modern national identity in Australia?
Research Centres & Units
Connecting Arts teachers, education stakeholders and industry
Dr Abbey MacDonald is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at the University of Tasmania who is exploring how we can articulate the ways in which Creative Arts teachers, education stakeholders and industry can work together to create professional learning events and opportunities.
Making sense of news – fact from fiction
The ABC-UTAS Media Literacy Project is aimed at empowering teenagers. It will expand knowledge about media literacy and inform the production of more segments and features by the ABC which teach audience how to be critical of content they consume and build their knowledge and skills about how to participate.
Tourism Tracer finds out valuable data about where our tourists travel
The Tasmanian Government, the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania and the Federal Group partner to help create an innovative tool to track tourists.
If you sit for work, you should be concerned about your health
University of Tasmania Active Work Laboratory (UTAWL) research is investigating if changing the built environment of office spaces, whilst educating desk-based workers about the health problems associated with prolonged sitting, will facilitate healthy human movement experiences during the workday.
Artfully decoding delicious imagery
Nathan Taylor is a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Arts, whose research is exploring contemporary food imaging.
Tasmania's housing crisis
The Institute for the Study for Social Change has established a work program around emerging challenges in the Tasmanian housing market to assist the State government with policy development. The Institute believes that with a collaborative and evidence based approach we can address these challenges and achieve good housing outcomes which will deliver social and economic benefits for all Tasmanians.
Pathways to Politics for Women broadens reach to Tasmania
Pathways to Politics for Women will go fully national in 2024 with the introduction of its award-winning program to Western Australia and Tasmania, boosting gender equality and diversity in Australian politics nationwide.The inaugural Western
How did COVID-19 affect student learning?
Most of us remember where we were at different points in the timeline of COVID-19 lockdowns. One such moment was Monday 30 March 2020, when Tasmanian schools were closed without anyone knowing when they might re-open.Even if you weren’t attending
7 red flags your teen might be in an abusive relationship – and 6 signs it’s escalating
Australian teens need adults to help them recognise red flags for potentially abusive relationships. Dr Carmel Hobbs, School of Education The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates 2.2 million adults have been victims of physical and/or sexual
Technology has immense potential for extending mental health service capacity across Tasmania
This week is Social Sciences Week, and I will have the privilege of speaking directly with members of the Tasmanian Parliament about mental health in our communities and the potential for digital technologies to shape a more inclusive future for