Areas of Research Strength

Supervisors in the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program are among the most active and productive researchers in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. They are key public intellectuals and are daily making vital contributions to debates about critical social issues. Our academics are distinguished by their international research relationships, their capacity to attract nationally competitive grants and outstanding industry collaborations.

Our key strengths are clustered in cutting edge research on social, political and environmental transformations. Some of our recent research activities and successes are detailed below.

Border Crossing Observatory

The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb), lead by Professor Sharon Pickering is an innovative virtual research centre that connects Australian and international stakeholders to high quality, independent and cutting edge research on border crossings.

Based at Monash University, The Observatory draws together an international network of critical criminologists and researchers from related disciplines who work in connection with key NGOs to examine border crossings and irregular migration differently, putting the experiences of human beings at the centre.

Perinatal Mental Health Project

In Feb 2013, A/Prof Renata Kokanovic was awarded $ 455,750 for a research project entitled ‘Perinatal mental health and emotional distress in Australian families – a person centered ethnography’. This research is funded by Healthdirect Australia and will use narrative interviews and qualitative analysis to study the subjective experiences of perinatal mental health and emotional distress in a diverse group of people to provide a fuller understanding of these experiences. It will underpin the production of high quality health information website. This project is integral part of Dipex Australia (DA) research consortium activities. DA research consortium includes Monash, Sydney and La Trobe universities. It was established 2012 and is a member of Dipex International (DI), a collaboration led by Oxford University of academics from 14 countries established to lead global qualitative research on health and illness experiences.