Our Research

Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW leads research in the humanities, social sciences, education and creative and performing arts. Our scholars are working at the cutting edge of their fields, spanning traditional disciplines like philosophy and history and emerging fields of research, like development studies and environmental humanities.

We're renowned for our commitment to social justice and community engagement. From fields as diverse as gendered violence and public health, our scholars are working with government and community to make a better world.

Our Research Areas

Our research areas sit across a broad spectrum of specialisations and focus on delivering real-world impact. In collaboration with industry and other educational institutions, our leading researchers seek to find answers to the most pressing issues of our time. Our findings contribute to changes in policy, the wellbeing of families, the health of the environment and much more.

Our extensive Education research explores curriculum, pedagogy, motivation, cognitive development, special needs, giftedness and educational systems.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is at the forefront of research in language studies, linguistics, translation and interpreting. We specialise in literacy, language acquisition and maintenance, theory and language, translation and interpreting, applied linguistics and educational linguistics.

Policy, Governance and Ethics delves into a combination of traditional and modern disciplines. Our strengths cover social, educational, health policy, administration and leadership, applied economics, political sciences, urban and regional planning, applied ethics, curriculum and assessment, and educational policy.

Our dynamic research covers the broad spectrum of Human Society and Culture and addresses important issues of today. Specialisations include sociology, anthropology, Indigenous studies, gender and cultural studies, human geography, demography, religion and religious studies, Australian studies, European studies, Asian studies, development and refugee studies.

Communication and Media Studies focuses on an extensive range of areas from journalism to communications and digital technologies, public relations and advertising.

Creative/Performing Arts and Literary Studies crosses a range of disciplines within UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. It incorporates dance, music, theatre/drama and performance studies, film studies, Australian and global literature, art theory and creative writing.

Social Health and Well-Being concerns the study of social work, public health, criminology, disability studies and gendered violence.

History, Philosophy and the Natural Environment draws on cross-disciplinary concepts such as historical studies philosophy, history and philosophy of specific fields, environmental humanities, environmental philosophy, and environmental ethics.

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Our Research Students

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, our proven record of excellence in research supervision sets us apart.

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Research Students

Our Research Centres and Networks unite our leading interdisciplinary knowledge and span across our schools and faculties. Together, our researchers look to understand the world around us and enhance the lives of local and global communities.

Our research projects span across each of our Schools and combine the knowledge and expertise of our academics in partnership with other education institutes and government and non-government organisations. 

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