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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Social Sciences Week 9 - 15 September
Celebrate the contribution social science research brings to the wellbeing, cohesion and success of communities. Be a part of the free and interactive community events.Read more
A professional development day for primary and secondary school teachersRead 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
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