Our School carries out creative, fundamental and applied research projects in the social and political sciences. Research projects undertaken by our academic staff are diverse and multi-disciplinary. Most of our research is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), as well as by the local and federal government. Our researchers collaborate with numerous scholars from around the globe.
Our world class researchers are renowned for their interpretation, analysis and debate on historical and contemporary social and political sciences. Explore our broad range of current and completed research projects.
Australian International Conflict Resolution
The Australian International Conflict Resolution (AICR) project has sought to contribute to a conversation on how Australian states might best be able to mobilise their resources to support conflict prevention and resolution programmes.
Minutes of Evidence
A collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, education experts, performance artists, community members, government and community organisations that sheds light on the little-known history of the 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Coranderrk Inquiry.
Australia’s Relationship with the European Union: from Tensions to New Paradigms
This project assesses relations between Australia and the EU and the opportunity for this engagement to further develop around a range of policies and forums.
Nuclear Energy and Global Governance
Projects on Nuclear Energy and Global Governance conducted in the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Managing at the Margins: Women Making it Work in Precarious Times
This Australian Research Council-funded project aims to investigate the economic, social and emotional impacts of precarious work on women.
Family Secrets National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Australia
This project investigates the inherited family secrets, stories, and memories that inform Australians’ understandings of colonial history.
Girls Growing Up
Girls Growing Up is a qualitative, longitudinal research project that examines the everyday lives and imagined futures of young girls and women aged 15-25.
The Intergenerational Transmission of Joblessness
This project unpacks the mechanisms, channels and factors that drive joblessness from one generation to the next in Australia and across Europe, Asia and the United States.
Research units, networks, programs and collaborations
Our research brings together experts who are internationally recognised leaders in their fields. Through critical thinking in the social sciences, our research units, networks, programs and collaborations undertake research that has a tangible impact in the world.
Brotherhood of St Laurence partnership
The University’s partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence is one of the key community relationships within the University.
Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies (CONREP)
CONREP is an international, interdisciplinary six university network which researches the impact and effects of the externalisation of refugee policies in two regions.
Getting Welfare to Work: Research on Employment Services
Getting Welfare to Work is a long-standing research program on welfare and employment services reform at a national and international level.
Global Network on Justice. Conflict. Responsibility
The Global Network on Justice. Conflict. Responsibility provides a public platform for the discussion and analysis of contemporary justice issues in Australia.
Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration (ISRC)
The multidisciplinary team of the ISRC research unit explores the challenges that lie at the heart of relations between Indigenous and settler Australians.
Medicinal Psychedelics Research Network (MPRN)
The Medicinal Psychedelics Research Network (MPRN) brings together multidisciplinary researchers, policymakers and regulators to focus on the emerging field of medicinal psychedelics.
The Policy Lab
The Policy Lab, a Faculty of Arts research unit, explores public policy decision making, policy design, and how we know what's working. The Policy Lab works in partnership with government and other organisations on public policy design experiments and policy-relevant research.
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