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Social Sciences Week

Join us every September for the annual celebration of the social sciences.

Discussion Papers

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Upcoming & Recent Events

Each year The Academy hosts and supports a wide range of social science or policy-focused events

20224Oct

Keith Hancock Lectures

Staggered Starting Blocks: Intergenerational Disadvantage in Australia

2022 Keith Hancock Lecture Staggered Starting Blocks: Intergenerational Disadvantage in Australia Presented by Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark Increasing social and economic opportunity is one of the defining challenges of our time. In the 2022 Keith Hancock Lecture, Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark discusses the pathways linking entrenched socio-economic disadvantage across generations in Australia. She argues that the intergenerational […]

20229Sep

Paul Bourke Lectures

Narratives for violence and their persistence over time

Collective violence against marginalised groups is a tragic phenomenon in many societies. Often such acts are accompanied by specific narratives that justify the necessity for systematic persecution. How do these narratives become prevalent and why do they persist? In this talk, Dr. Walker addresses these questions first through a broad discussion of what narratives are […]

20229Sep

Paul Bourke Lectures

What are the economic implications of a changing climate?

Given the warnings from scientists of potentially catastrophic changes to our climate from greenhouse gas emissions, it might surprise you to learn that we know very little about the potential economic implications of these unprecedented changes to the Earth’s climate. This lecture, directed at a general audience, will explore the potential channels through which climate […]

20229Sep

2022

Big Data for Social Policy: Developments, Benefits and Risks

Join online for the launch of a new report from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, along with a moderated panel discussion with three of the reports authors. This session will explore the use of big data and related technologies to social policy in both Australian and international contexts, unpacking some of the […]

20226Sep

2022

Social science is everywhere: An introduction for Australian secondary students

The social sciences impact how we live our daily lives, as well as how our society functions. Join this webinar live or on-demand to gain an understanding of how the social sciences help us to study, analyse and solve society’s most compelling challenges. Please register to receive a copy of the webinar recording after the event. […]

202228Nov

2022

2022 Annual Events

The Academy’s 2022 Annual Events will be held from 28 – 29 November 2022 in Melbourne and online. Most of the annual events, including the symposium, AGM and panel meetings, will be hybrid, allowing for in-person and digital participation. The annual symposium will be held as part of the inaugural Congress of the Humanities, Arts […]

20223Jul

Women in the 2022 Federal Election: Will politics be done differently?

The 2022 federal election has been widely seen as a turning point for women in politics – both in the impact of their votes and the record number of women being elected to Parliament. But what will this shift mean for Australian politics? Will increased diversity in our representatives and the community organising of the […]

202221Jul

Stuart Macintyre: The Work of History

Stuart Macintyre was a leading figure across the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia. To coincide with the publication of The Work of History – Writing for Stuart Macintyre, some of the contributors to this project address key themes and dimensions of his work and its consequences. Join us at this free, full-day […]

Latest Publications

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News

Academy statement on the proposed changes to the Australian Research Council

15 December, 2021 ACADEMY STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has serious concerns regarding proposed changes to the structure and governance of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding schemes. These changes are outlined in a Letter of Expectation sent to the ARC CEO by […]

Position Statements

International Social Science Research, Pedagogy & Collaboration – Position Statement

2022 Federal Election Statement from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

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Position Statements

Social Priorities for Australia – 2022 Federal Election Statement

2022 Federal Election Statement from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Position Statements

Joint Academies statement on Ukraine

A statement from Australia's learned Academies on the invasion of Ukraine

Position Statements

Joint Academies statement post COP26

Academy statement on Australian action needed to address climate change

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Position Statements

Academy statement on the need for a price on greenhouse gas emissions

Academy statement on Australian action needed to address climate change

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