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.
Western Australia's reliance on China in a trade war
UWA Professor Benjamin Reilly said the state's economic dependence on China left it more at risk than others from the rising tensions.Read more
Could a new electoral system make politics more moderate?
In order to encourage positive change to Malaysian politics, academics and activists have long suggested reforming the country’s electoral system.Read more
The Pressure to Be Beautiful in South Korea
Lips plumped up during the lunch break, implants for a rounder head: Cosmetic surgery is extremely common in South Korea, even among men. The pressure to look good in the country is immense.Read more
2019 Museums & Galleries National Award Winner
Professor Alistair Paterson and the ARC Linkage Project team has won the 2019 Museums & Galleries National Award for the entry Shipwrecks of the Roaring FortiesRead 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
Australian identities across time and space
Australian Identities Across Time and Space explores what it means to be Australian now, in the past, and what it may mean in the future.Read more about Australian identities across time and space
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
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
Prepare for a global career
Interested in a career that could take you around the world? Explore a range of postgraduate courses that will equip you with the skills and knowledge for an international careerRead more
Leap into your future
Come along to one of these information sessions to find out more about our Master of Teaching courses.Read more
Life as a research student in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
Get answers to all your questions about doing a PhD (or other Higher Degree by Research) within UWA’s Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education at this information session.Read more
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
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