Welcome to Sociology

Sociology addresses changing social organisation and consequences for the life opportunities of individuals, families and groups. Sociologists examine class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability – among other forms of difference – to understand and explain how people’s lives are shaped and how they think and feel about themselves and the world around them. Monash Sociology staff lead on research in five domains:

For information regarding Sociology staff and their research, teaching and supervision, see:
Sociology staff profiles

For Course and Unit information, see:
Sociology in the Monash Handbook

For information about Honours in Sociology, see:
Sociology Honours



  • As part of our Sociology and Gender Research HDR programme, we had a lunchtime workshop for HDRs and interested staff on 22 October, 2014. The session was organised by Caroline Hart, Nicholas Hill and Kate Johnston-Ataata. Work-in-progress reports were presented by : Nicholas Hill – Managing Precarity: Ontological Anxiety and the Pursuit of Happiness (Hill – Slides) Sally Ka Wing Lo – State, Gender, Family Read more
  • Allegra Shermuly, currently completing her Honours thesis in Sociology under the supervision of Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett, was runner up in the recent Honours 3-minute Thesis Competition hosted by the Faculty of Arts. Allegra’s summation of her research and its significance in helping us better understand identity-making practices and social cohesion in multicultural societies  impressed the judges Read more
  • An ARC Discovery Project team based in Sociology  has published seven articles in 2014. The team, Dr Mark Davis and Dr Davina Lohm (School of Social Sciences, Monash University) and colleagues, Dr Niamh Stephenson, Ms Emily Waller (School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW) and Professor Paul Flowers (School of Health and Life Sciences, Read more
  • Dr Catherine Strong, Lecturer in Sociology and expert on cultural memory, gender and popular music, has written about the campaign to memorialise Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of iconic Australian band The Divinyls, who passed away in 2013. See the full article from The Conversation here. Read more
  • Victoria Police have shown great interest in Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research for the purposes of informing their Multicultural Unit on issues affecting international students and others from diverse cultural backgrounds. The focus of her ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship on  International Students and Crime has revealed new insights into the problem. Primarily, the overwhelming media driven perception that Read more
  • Do you want to contribute to the development of sustainable Asian cities? Are you interested in interdisciplinary research in urban water management? Engineering, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary PhD scholarships in sustainable urban water management in developing Asian cities. Eleven (11) competitive scholarships are available to undertake full-time PhD research within the Department of Civil Engineering and the Read more
  • Helen Forbes-Mewett has been interviewed by SBS World News about efforts by the NSW police to create stronger policies and programs to work with multicultural communities, including international students. For more information see the SBS World News website. Read more
  • This conference explores young people’s engagement with new modes of mediated communication, self‐expression and culture‐making across the Asia Pacific and beyond. It will map young people’s mediated lives in the region, consider implications for citizenship, ethics, political & cultural agency and social bonds, and generate debate about the ways emplacement, embodiment, and location shape youth Read more
  • In a recent piece in The Conversation, Dr Catherine Strong, Lecturer in Sociology and expert on cultural memory, gender and popular music, writes about the ongoing legacy of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of 90s grunge band Nirvana. See the full article from The Conversation here. Read more
  • Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research focusing on international student safety and security has been featured in the Study Travel Magazine. Based in the UK, the publication is distributed to 32,000 international education agents in 125 countries. More information about Dr Forbes-Mewett’s research is available on her website: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/helen-forbes-mewett Read more
  • Are you interested in environmental sociology and water sensitive urban design? Would you like to explore community perceptions of street trees, as part of a broader study into stormwater harvesting for passive irrigation of street trees, to ensure their effectiveness in mitigating the urban heat island effect? In this project, you could apply any of a Read more
  • The public symposium, Young People and Mediated Sexual Communication was held on Friday, 29 November, 2013 at Monash University, Caulfield Campus. In Australia and overseas, concern about ‘sexting’ among young people has been widespread, and discussions have tended to focus on the ‘risks’ and issues new technologies are seen to produce. This symposium presented the findings Read more
  • In 2013, we celebrated 50 years of Australian Sociology, with Monash hosting the annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) held from November 25-28 at Monash’s Caulfield campus.. Monash University was proud to host the 2013 and 50th anniversary TASA conference, ‘Reflections, Intersection and Aspirations’ showcasing progressive and innovative research at the centre of sociological study. Read more