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Social Sciences Week

Join us from 6-12 September 2021 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


2021 Annual Events | Celebrating 50 Years

In 2021, the Academy is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  To mark this milestone, the Academy is planning a year-long 50th anniversary program celebrating the history of the Academy and reflecting the legacy and role of the social sciences in contemporary Australian society. Celebrating 50 Years will explore these themes through a diverse range of events, […]


International Webinar: Digital Scholarly Communication

AASSA – AIPI International Webinar on DIGITAL SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION Jakarta, 31 March 2021 Jointly Organized by: Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) Supported by: InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) The Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) in collaboration with AASSA (Association […]



The Hon. Justice Iain Ross AO: 2020 Keith Hancock Lecture

Public lecture Thursday 3 Dec, 10-11am AEDT



2020 Annual Events | Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Every year the Academy runs a number of significant events for Academy Fellows, those interested in Social Science policy, and the wider public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy’s 2020 annual events will be held online. The majority of events will take place on Wed 25 November 2020. Register by clicking on the link […]


2020 New Fellows Presentations

Each year, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia elects the most distinguished social scientists in Australia as Fellows. These New Fellows will join the ranks of over 700 of Australia’s leading researchers and professionals across the social science disciplines. This event will provide an opportunity to welcome the 2020 New Fellows and to […]



Professor Raewyn Connell: 2020 Cunningham Lecture

2020 Cunningham Lecture: ‘Do We Need Intellectuals?’ Delivered by Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell FASSA There is a sense of crisis in the university world, produced by the COVID-19 epidemic, the casualization and layoffs of academic and professional workers, and governments with little interest in truth, knowledge or education. In 2020 we must re-think familiar ideas. […]



Professor Maggie Walter: 2020 Fay Gale Lecture

2020 Fay Gale Lecture ‘Delivering Indigenous Data Sovereignty’ Presented by Professor Maggie Walter FASSA The Academy’s 2020 Fay Gale Lecturer Professor Maggie Walter FASSA is a Palawa woman from Lutruwita, Tasmania. She is a founding member of the Maiam nayri Wingara Indigenous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. She is Distinguished Professor […]



Professor Raewyn Connell: 2020 Cunningham Lecture

Save The Date 2020 Cunningham Lecture Presented by Professor Raewyn Connell FASSA Tuesday 27 October, 12:00 – 1:00pm AEDST The Cunningham Lecture is the Academy’s flagship annual public lecture. It is named after Dr Kenneth Stewart Cunningham, the first chairman of the Social Science Research Committee (the Academy’s predecessor organisation). The Cunningham Lecture is presented […]

Latest Publications

Read the latest reports and papers from the Academy

Academy Papers

State of the Social Sciences 2021

A 12 month project lead by the Academy

Academy Papers

State of the Social Sciences 2021 – Discussion Paper

Have your say on the state of Australian social sciences. Consultation open to 5 March 2021

Featured Books & Articles

Judging and emotion: A socio-legal analysis

By Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack Routledge  This book investigates the place of emotion in judicial work. Grounded in empirical data—interviews, observations and surveys—it shows how judicial officers understand, experience, display, manage and deploy emotions in their everyday work, in light of their fundamental commitment to impartiality. A key insight is that emotion, emotional […]

Academy Papers

Changes in public sentiment in relation to data privacy during COVID-19

A briefing to Government on changes in public sentiment regarding data privacy during COVID-19

Position Statements

The Importance of Languages in a Global Context

Joint statement from five leading Academies

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2020

Read the 2019-20 Annual Report and Financial Statements

Featured Books & Articles

IVF and Assisted Reproduction | A Global History

By Sarah Ferber, Nicola J. Marks, and Vera Mackie. Palgrave Macmillan ‘This pathbreaking account of the global forces behind the rapid rise of the fertility industry is the first to offer such a truly comprehensive overview of this hugely important topic.’ —Sarah Franklin, Chair of Sociology, University of Cambridge  ‘In this compelling overview of one […]

Featured Books & Articles

Project Management: A Value Creation Approach

By Stewart R. Clegg, Torgeir Skyttermoen and Anne Live Vaagaasar. Sage Publishing “Project Management: A Value Creation Approach is the textbook on project management we have all been waiting for. Solidly based on cutting-edge social science it takes the field forward in ways that will hugely benefit students, complete with great case studies, guidance on further […]

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