Our program investigates the complexity and breadth of living in today’s societies, challenging expectations and assumptions about what it means to live with others.
Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory at Melbourne
From the changing nature of work to the emergence of new digital technologies and persisting socioeconomic inequalities, our program conducts rigorous research on issues that influence individual lives, family dynamics and social networks within and between communities. We study pressing social issues such as gender, race and health inequality, and labour market disadvantage within and across generations, in Australia and around the globe. This research aims to inform and shape policy, reduce social disadvantage and improve people’s everyday lives.
Sociology is the systematic study of all aspects of our lives and the discipline that matters for understanding and improving our social world. Sociology at University of Melbourne has a strong analytical, empirical and evidence-based focus that engages with real-world problems and is reflected in our teaching, research and engagement activities.
Professor Lyn Craig
Explore our research
Research Narrative: Diverse Lives. Equal Futures
Our program seeks to be at the forefront of academic and public debates on issues around social disadvantage and inequality in order to assess, improve and shape more effective policies.
Most of our research is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), as well as by the local and federal government including the Department of Human Services and Department of Social Services.
Our researchers collaborate with numerous scholars from around the globe and have strong alliances with Melbourne Institute (renowned for its HILDA data) and six Faculties within the University of Melbourne through our joint Hallmark Economic and Social Participation Research Initiative. Researchers also have strong links with non-governmental institutions such as Brotherhood of St Laurence and Scope.
Diverse Lives. Equal Futures.
A collection of research projects gathered under the theme Diverse Lives. Equal Futures.
The Anti-Racism Hallmark Research Initiative
The goal of the Anti-Racism Hallmark Research Initiative is to undertake and disseminate solutions-focused anti-racism research and interventions to combat racism at both the interpersonal and structural levels, in collaboration with government, community organisations and businesses.
The Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative
The Work Futures Hallmark Research Initiative aims to foster our understanding of how the future of work is changing. We explore how technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation and digital platforms are profoundly shaping the nature of work, workplaces and working lives.
Study with us
Our program strives for excellence in teaching students analytical, problem solving and critical skills so they can understand and address social issues and problems. We deliver programs that transform students into independent scholars and practitioners that can scrutinise complex information and solve complex social situations and issues.
- Graduate Certificate in Arts
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced)
- Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced)
- Master of Social Policy
Meet our Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory staff
Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne brings together a team of seasoned experts in gender and race issues, diversity and Indigenous studies, inequality, cross-national research and public policy.