Human society

Human society

Human societyMacquarie has a long and distinguished record of contributions in social theory, contemporary sociology, and applied social research and policy.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our research in the disciplines of anthropology, political science, sociology and studies in human society were rated as performing ‘at world standard’.

Our research is driven by a critical approach to social theory and to the policy and social problems confronting Australian and global societies. Our researchers contribute to fields including ethnic and migration studies, Australian and comparative social policy, the sociology of children, precarious work, and the changing social significance of friendship.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and perspectives in education, identity, racism, astronomy, health, early childhood, art and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations
  • animals and society
  • Australian and comparative politics
  • Chinese identities
  • class, gender and development in India
  • criminology, cybercrime and policing
  • development and community capacity building
  • energy politics and security
  • environmental and social justice
  • environmental politics
  • Europe and the European Union
  • foreign and defence policy, including Australian intelligence organisations
  • gender, sexuality and feminist studies
  • globalisation
  • HIV/AIDS, family planning, health and development, ethnic minorities and drug reduction programs in South-East Asia
  • inclusion and exclusion in urban and regional spaces
  • international relations
  • medical anthropology and reproductive technologies
  • Middle East and African politics
  • migration, multiculturalism, diasporas and nationalism
  • modern political theory
  • nationalism, supranationalism and the state
  • postcolonial studies
  • religion and social inclusion
  • security and terrorism studies
  • secession, and
  • welfare, care and social policy

Our research hubs

Macquarie’s human society activities support five research hubs:

  • Climate Futures Research Centre
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Social, Cultural and Political Change
  • India Research Centre
  • Macquarie Public Health Research Network
  • Risk Frontiers
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