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The School of Social Sciences is a leading international centre of excellence in interdisciplinary and applied social research. Research in the School is broadly focused on the application of social science theories, methods and concepts to social and policy issues.

Examples of research strengths include crime and justice, housing and community, the environment, risk, social inclusion, migration and ethnicity, health and medicine, sport, tourism, leisure, gender and masculinities and global and national governance.

Research by program

Our Featured Research

Keith Jacobs Research, YouTube video

Research Spotlight
Professor Keith Jacobs

Project: The Housing and Community Research Unit

Professor Can Seng Ooi Research, YouTube video

Research Spotlight
Professor Can Seng Ooi

Project: CALE Tourism Research Team

Ruby Grant Research, YouTube video

Research Spotlight
Dr Ruby Grant

Project: Queer Identity Politics, Sexual Citizenship, And Gender Equity and Diversity

Vaughan Higgins Research, YouTube video

Research Spotlight
Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins

Project: Protecting Australia's Food Future: Shared Responsibility for Biosecurity

Research Degrees

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

We offer the opportunity to undertake a research degree with us in any of our disciplines and areas of research expertise. We offer a collegial, supportive environment, with experienced supervision, regular seminar series, research skills training, and many opportunities to work with peers and academics on your areas of interest.

Choose a research topic that reflects your interests and identify a supervisor from discipline staff with the expertise to guide you in your research. We supervise across a range of methodologies and conceptual/theoretical approaches, and encourage scholarship that draws on ideas from across diverse fields.

You can search for a supervisor via our staff profiles, or by their area of expertise through the University Research website.

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, refer to College of Arts, Law and Education Research Degrees.

Please view our Social Sciences Guide for Year 1 and Confirmation of Candidature for Higher Degree by Research Students (PDF).

Affiliated research centres and units