Research Themes

The School of Social Sciences leads research on social and environmental transformations. It is distinguished by its capacity to attract nationally competitive grants, industry collaborations and HDR training. The following are the leading research themes for each of our Social Sciences discipline areas:


  • Prisons and Penology
  • Borders, Crime and Justice
  • State Crime
  • Gender and Crime
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Homicide and Violent Crime

Criminology website


  • Religious mediations
  • Anthropology of Indonesia
  • Religion and society

Anthropology website


  • Health and illness
  • Cultural and religious diversity 
  • Youth cultures and identities
  • Gender and sexualities
  • Families and relationships
  • Population change and demography

Sociology website

Women’s Studies and Gender Research

  • Family, Work & Social Contexts
  • Sex, Health & the Clinic
  • Gender, Crime & Enforcement
  • Gender, Youth & Social Media

Women’s Studies and Gender Research website

Behavioural Studies

  • Behaviour change
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Popular culture 
  • Identity
  • Online communication

Behavioural Studies website

Politics and International Relations

  • Australian Politics
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
  • International Relations and Security Studies
  • Religion, Gender and Global Politics
  • Democratization, Postconflict and Reconciliation
  • Asia, Europe and the MENA regions

Politics and International Relations website