The Monash Sociology Program has research strengths in:

Affiliated centres and research programmes include:


Current Research


Research Groups

  • 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
  • Our environmental sociology research group examines the relationships between people and their natural and built environments, with a particular focus on how to create liveable and resilient cities.  Specific areas of research include: communities and behaviour change strategic planning institutional change and capacity building processes environmental governance green infrastructure and landscapes. The group has particular expertise in water governance, and explores ... 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. Gender and youth We have a long history of exciting research on gender and youth. Dr Amy Shields Dobson’s research focuses on representations of gender in digital cultures, particularly on social network sites ... Read more
  • 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. Associate Professor Anita Harris‘ work on the lives of young Muslims, Professor Zlatko Skrbis‘ work on contemporary cities and ... Read more