School of Social Sciences
From political science and communication to archaeology and linguistics, we collaborate across government, community and industry to develop responses to major societal opportunities, challenges and injustices.
Our school is a hub for engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. Through innovative research and transformative education, our students forge critical understandings of local, regional and global issues.
Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in WA
With four European, four Asian and two Classical languages on offer, UWA is the leading institution in WA for language learning.
Immerse yourself in another language. Learn to see the world in a new way. Move between cultures with ease.
New research prepares for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out
UWA researchers are part of a new study designed to prepare parents and government for a potential Australia-wide vaccination program.Read more
WA African Women’s Leadership (A-LEAD) Program 2019-20 Graduation!
The inaugural participants in the A-LEAD Program graduated at the International Women’s Day 2020 GalaRead more
UWA researchers to showcase their science findings live
UWA Social Sciences early career researcher, Ana Paula Motta, has been selected to present their research at the 2020 FameLab Western Australia semi-final.Read more
Our research strengths
We pride ourselves on our supportive and collaborative research environment, pooling our expertise to work for the greater good. This is reflected in our cross-disciplinary research strengths, which bring together researchers from across the school at all stages of their career.
Analysing the uses and effects of media to communicate, manipulate, challenge and engage. From the exploration of the theory and practice of the internet, to video production, gaming, analyses of public communication, reality TV and representations of beauty online, we are interested in how media impacts our lives.Read more about Media
Social equity and justice
Social equity and justice explores underlying issues that create injustice within and among societies in the global order. This research promotes an awareness of how more just institutions can be achieved within the wider society and global context.Read more about Social equity and justice
Migration and Mobilities
People travel for migration or tourism, moving permanently or temporarily, individually or with families, by choice or through force. Mobility is something that defines humankind, crucial to our biological and social evolution.Read more about Migration and Mobilities
Social and Political Development
This Social Sciences research explores how societies, communities, politics and systems of governance generate and respond to change.Read more about Social and Political Development
Martin Forsey is an Associate Professor specialising in education innovation and finding effective and inspiring ways of teaching Australian students.Read more about Martin Forsey
Dr Sven Ouzman
Dr Sven Ouzman is an archaeologist and activist who studies the forgotten worlds beneath and all around us, from exploring and finding artefacts in the field, to discovering them in the lab.Read more about Dr Sven Ouzman
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Professor Samina Yasmeen is an international relations teacher and researcher, working on the objective understanding of Islam and Muslims, their perceptions and impact on Australian and global politics.Read more about Professor Samina Yasmeen
Dr Sam Han
Dr Sam Han is an interdisciplinary social scientist within the School of Social Sciences. He holds research interests in social, cultural and critical theory, new media and religion.Read more about Dr Sam Han
Dr Katie Attwell
Dr Katie Attwell is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow, senior lecturer and academic researcher at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more about Dr Katie Attwell
Professor Lyn Parker
Professor Lyn Parker is a sociocultural anthropologist and researcher at the UWA School of Social SciencesRead more about Professor Lyn Parker
Professor Alistair Paterson
Professor Alistair Paterson is an archaeologist, Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and professor at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more about Professor Alistair Paterson
The UWA Archaeology Lab is a research and analysis space for UWA students and researchers in the field of archaeology.Read more about Archaeology Lab