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.
Archaeologists discover rock engravings in the Pilbara
Archaeologists from the University of Western Australia (UWA) working with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and Rio Tinto have discovered that Indigenous people were not the only ones to leave their mark in the Dampier Archipelago.Read more
Gap year and millennials
New research investigates the long-term effects of overseas experiences on young AustraliansRead more
Wine sales to assist archaeology research in WA
A WA winery will provide a $1000 research grant and additional funding based on the sale of their specialist Batavia red wine for archaeology honours students at UWA.Read more
Nyungar language continues to live and breathe
Make the most of every opportunity and who knows where it will lead is the sentiment from outstanding community leader Len Collard, who won a fellowship to the Yumalundi NIRAKN (National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network) program late last year.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.
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
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 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
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
Mutsumi no ma and Japanese Garden
The Mutsumi no ma (traditional tatami room) and Japanese Garden are treasured facilities used by students and members of the UWA Japanese Society to enrich their understanding of Japanese culture.Read more about Mutsumi no ma and Japanese Garden
The UWA Experimental Farm helps students master the key disciplinary techniques used in archaeology, forensics and the study of rock art.Read more about Experimental Farm