Studies in Human Society

Studies in Human Society

Studies in human society


Our areas of study include:

  • violent extremism and the increased influence of China
  • the social impact of changing economic and employment systems, most prominently ageing
  • comparative social policy
  • democratic cohesion, especially the effects of migration and multiculturalism
  • development studies with a special focus on climate change, disaster, health, and precarity in Australia and Southeast Asia
  • sustainability of cities, with a particular strength in urban politics and risk.


Macquarie researchers within this discipline include two members of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, one member of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, three members of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and two members of the ARC College of Experts.


Our projects with Australian Indigenous communities include the Bawaka Collective, a long-term research collaboration with the Burarrwanga family from Bawaka homeland. In addition to 24 articles, many co-authored with Indigenous collaborators, the Collective has produced a book, Welcome to My Country.

Macquarie researchers have substantial engagement with providers and policy-makers in aged care, especially around issues of privatisation, quality assurance, and superannuation policy.

Macquarie research has also influenced policy makers in the area of countering violent extremism (CVE), such as through Australia’s first CVE symposium in 2014, co-sponsored by the federal Attorney-General’s Department, NSW Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command, NSW Police, and Multiculturalism NSW, among others.

Reducing infectious disease risk among marginalised groups in Southeast Asia  A group of people talking in a home in Asia

The impact of Macquarie’s research on the health security of marginal populations in mainland Southeast Asia has been sustained across multiple projects over many years. Macquarie’s Professor Chris Lyttleton has been regularly employed by the ADB and has also contributed, through contracted research reports, to programs focused on reducing vulnerability to HIV and malaria in border zones and areas of infrastructure development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

His research findings have been integrated into decision making, funding, development assistance and regional projects funded by the ADB and, through contracted research reports, have also contributed to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade strategies for improving Australia’s contribution to global health.

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    Highly Effective

  • 2. Impact

    Significant contribution

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