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.
How to find reliable and accurate sources of information during COVID-19
It's a particularly important time for people consuming the right information to make informed decisions, says Dr Marco Rizzi.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 to Host Annual Indian Ocean Regional Education Collaboration
The International Relations in the Indian Ocean Region: Collaborative Study Experience will be held at UWA in Perth in November-December 2020Read 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Benjamin Reilly
Professor Benjamin Reilly is a political scientist and academic at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more about Professor Benjamin Reilly
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
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