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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 impact and engagement

As an applied and interdisciplinary School, we aim to maximise the impact of our research upon society through widespread contributions to public and social policy and professional practices.

Our research makes an impact beyond academic scholarship. Our work has informed policy outcomes and contributed to public debate across various sectors including housing, tourism and leisure, animal rights, food, and crime and justice.

We engage communities in and through our research through at local, national and global levels, and we are partners with local and national stakeholders, including the Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Police, Fire & Emergency Services, Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute, Salvation Army, White Ribbon.

Many of us are members of the cross-University Institute for the Study of Social Change located in our College of Arts, Law and Education, and the School also hosts the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) and the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES).

We welcome qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Research projects by discipline

Research Degrees

Take your passion for ideas further than you ever imagined.

We offer the opportunity to undertake a research degree with is 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, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Affiliated institutes and centres