Social and Political Development

How does the world generate and respond to change?

Scholars from across the social sciences spectrum study how we live, govern and respond to old and new challenges in the contemporary world. We explore the environmental, the technological, the social, the political and beyond. In this research area, our goal is to understand, explain and predict the ramifications of changing social and political contexts in our dynamic and globalised world.

At the UWA School of Social Sciences, we’re passionate about responsibly tackling the world’s social and political challenges. We ask what are the sources of social cohesion and the drivers of disruption. We explore solutions to complex and ever-shifting social, economic, cultural, religious and geopolitical problems. We interrogate identity, behaviour, institutions and texts. We explore these phenomena across different scales, from the local to the global, and consider the relationships between them as they pertain to the past, the present and the future.

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PhD opportunities


We invite students to complete their PhD in social and political development. For more information on PhD opportunities, contact Professor Samina Yasmeen using the details below.


Our research is supported by the following.



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We’re keen to collaborate on projects relevant to the diverse interests of our researchers. Many of our researchers have interdisciplinary knowledge, with some undertaking qualitative work, some quantitative, and others both.

We invite collaborators with research and teaching expertise in political and social development to submit proposals for research collaborations. Get in touch with us using the details below.

Contact Professor Samina Yasmeen