Research in the Faculty of Human Sciences spans a wide range of disciplines including psychology, early childhood, education, linguistics and cognitive science. There are opportunities for research collaboration and higher degree research in all of these areas with contributions from world class researchers in the field.

Research Centres

The Faculty of Human Sciences is home to national, University, Faculty and Department research centres.

Macquarie University Research Centres

Faculty Research Centres

Research Facilities

The Faculty of Human Sciences provides world-class facilities which offer the best technology and a stimulating learning and research environment for our students, staff and organisations who partner with us.

Two of our major facilities are highlighted here:

World-first Simulation Hub

Simulation Hub Our Faculty is home to the new state-of-the-art Simulation Hub. The first and only facility of its type in the world, the Simulation Hub draws a range of simulation devices under one roof enabling collaborative and cross-disciplinary research. Access leading
experts and collaborate on future-shaping research in human performance using the latest facilities, including:

World-class Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub Our Faculty has also been responsible for initiating the establishment of the Australian Hearing Hub located on campus. The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in linguistics, audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences. Some of the research facilities that are located in the Australian Hearing Hub include:

Research Seminars

Connect with leading researchers at our seminars, workshops, and events.

Research Workshops and Events

Coding qualitative data: Different approaches and theoretical foundations

Speaker: Associate Professor Mehdi Riazi

Date & Time: Wednesday 18th October 2017, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Venue: T5 Theatre, Building E7B, Macquarie University

Hosted by the Department of Linguistics.

In this workshop, you will learn the theoretical foundations of coding qualitative data analysis.

The workshop will cover (1) the inductive qualitative analysis (IQA) (Grounded Theory), (2) the deductive qualitative analysis (DQA) (Chicago School), and (3) the abductive qualitative analysis (AQA) (Constant Comparative Analysis) as relates to the coding and analysis of qualitative data, such as interview transcriptions or other texts. 

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Conflict over the price of sex

Speaker: Professor Robert Brooks, University of New South Wales

Date & Time: Wednesday 25th October 2017, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Venue: Senate Room 310, Building C8A, Macquarie University

PsychMAD Series, Department of Psychology.

Sex can be understood as a social exchange, in which participation in sex, or a long-term sexual and reproductive arrangement is traded for status, parental care, goods, or even cash. Evolved sex differences in reproductive investment mean that human sex is usually a female-controlled resource, and we can understand the price of sex as the contributions men have to exchange for this resource. The price of sex has risen steadily for most of humanity’s history, and that rising price secured much of our species’ ecological and cultural success. Over slightly more than the last century, however, driven by the industrial and sexual revolutions, that trend has largely reversed in many societies, scandalising social conservatives and heartening progressives. Adult sex ratios, the legal status of polygyny and bride price, and economic inequality all influence the price of sex by altering the strength of intra-sexual competition and the incentives for hypergamy. This lecture will consider the origins and some manifestations of sexual suppression, particularly of females, in light of the view that there exists a standing tension between various players over the price of sex. Exposing the interests of individuals, and the origins of those interests will help us to understand why sex grows so complicated, fraught and political.

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Faculty Public Lecture Series 2017

The ABCs of OCD: Understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children

Professor Eric Storch, University of South Florida (USA)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

This eagerly anticipated event should be required listening for parents and teachers of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder emotional problems, and an equally intriguing lecture for academics, health professionals and students. Attendees will gain an understanding of the symptoms of OCD, the familial and individual factors that maintain symptoms and the available evidence-based treatments. Professor Storch will also reveal cutting-edge developments in the field of OCD and will show us how families and health professionals can implement a treatment plan to help young people overcome OCD.

For more information and to register - click here.

Professor Storch will also be hosting a workshop on the topic “Treatment of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” on Friday 29 September (8.30am - 4.00pm) - for more information about the workshop and to register click here.

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

Bright and Early: Maximising potential through high-quality early childhood education

Professor Diane Horm, University of Oklahoma (USA)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Addressing educational disadvantage is a big challenge not only in Australia but also around the world. Visiting from the University of Oklahoma (Tulsa campus), Professor Diane Horm will discuss how high-quality early childhood education can narrow the gap of educational achievement for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She will also focus on the innovative Educare program, an early education intervention program currently spreading across the United States that is funded and delivered through a philanthropic and community partnership model.

For more information and to register - click here.

This event will also include a post-lecture discussion panel, involving:

  • Ms Gabrielle Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority
  • Ms Christine Legg, Chief Executive Officer, KU Children's Services
  • Mrs Maria Bennett, Manager, Children's Services, Macquarie University

*Registrations for this event have now closed*

Changing our Minds: How modern environments are impacting our brain activity

Dr Tara Thiagarajan

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

How does the technology we use affect our brains? Does our income level have a relationship to our brain waves? Find out these answers and more from Dr Tara Thiagarajan, a scientist and entrepreneur with a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. She currently holds roles as Chairperson, Chief Scientist and Managing Director of various companies and is also the Founder of Sapien Labs, a research organisation dedicated to understanding the diversity of brain dynamics across humanity. Dr Thiagarajan’s work focuses on new approaches to drive understanding of how environment influences human brain diversity and, in turn, economic outcome. This will be a highly relevant and exciting event, perfect for all those living and researching within modern society.

For more information and to register - click here.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Human Sciences Perspectives Series 2017

Human Perspectives in the Science of the Self

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Neeltje van Haren

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 (10:00am-5:30pm)

This workshop will include a series of methods talks by Macquarie University speakers and external speakers, as well as a keynote talk by Dr Neeltje EM van Haren, who has conducted work exploring the experience of self-agency in schizophrenia. A panel of speakers will also be convened to discuss the methodologies used in research exploring the science of the self. This will be followed by a set of facilitated discussion groups and tours of Macquarie University research facilities, with the intention to foster experimental collaboration.

For more information and to register - click here.

This workshop is part of the Science of the Self conference. For the full program, visit the conference website.

Please address any questions and requests for further information to Shiree Heath at

Higher Degree Research

We offer you the opportunity to work alongside world leading researchers in the fields of cognitive science, education, health science, linguistics, philosophical psychology and psychology to answer deep questions about what makes us human. Learn more

For more information, please contact the Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Office:

Contact Us

Research Office Team

Faculty of Human Sciences Research Office
Level 3, Building X5B
Macquarie University
NSW 2109, Australia

Associate Dean, ResearchProfessor Mike 2 9850 8601
Faculty Research ManagerMr Colm 2 9850 8073
Faculty Research CoordinatorMs Jo 2 9850 9607
Faculty Research AdministratorDr Shiree 2 9850 7959
Faculty StatisticianDr Peter 2 9850 9848
Faculty Ethics OfficerMs Kay 2 9850 4197
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