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.
Taylah Jones's McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship
Communication and Media Student Taylah Jones made a big impact on women’s refuge Zonta House during her recent McCusker Centre for Citizenship internshipRead more
Democracy and Divided Societies
How Professor Benjamin Reilly’s research has helped shape political and electoral reform in new and emerging democracies in the indo-pacific region.Read more
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
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.
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
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
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
2019 Research Forum on Ageing - Diversity and Innovation
Diversity and Innovation: applied research and policy on Ageing and official launch of UWA Social Care and Social Ageing Living LabRead more
Raising the Bar Perth
Come and hear provocative research by our UWA academics in bars across Perth.Read more
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
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