The Monash Sociology Program has research strengths in:

Affiliated centres and research programmes include:


Current Research


Research Groups

  • Our youth research focuses on the ways young people respond to – and create – new conditions of social and economic life in the 21st century. We explore the meanings and impacts of globalisation, new media and technology, the new transitions environment and shifts in work/study patterns, relationships and self-identity and citizenship for youth today. Dr ... Read more
  • Diversity is a strong and dynamic research theme in Sociology. We undertake research on cultural diversity in many forms including multiculturalism, migration and religious and sexual diversity.  In recent years new projects focused on multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and diversity have strengthened our research impact.  Professor Zlatko Skrbis‘ work on contemporary cities and cosmopolitanism and Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett‘s investigation of the experiences ... Read more
  • Health is a strong and long-established research theme for the Sociology programme. We undertake research on health and medical technologies; health and illness experiences; public health, and; disability and injury rehabilitation. Health and medical technologies Professor Alan Petersen has an international reputation as a health sociologist, with a focus on genetics and medicine (including media portrayals of ... Read more
  • Gender is a major research theme for staff in Sociology. We undertake research on gender and youth, gender and families and gender and sexuality. AProf Jo Lindsay is currently working on a large national project on young people and alcohol consumption and gender dynamics around drinking is a crucial element of this project. Gender and families Sociology staff ... Read more
  • In Monash Sociology we explore the relationship between people and their natural and built environments. To address sustainability challenges such as climate change, rapid urbanisation, resource limitations and ecological degradation, it is now recognised that both social and technical solutions are needed. Our key research questions are; How can we enhance the resilience and liveability of ... Read more