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Purpose and Principles

Our Purpose: To recognise and champion excellence in social science. Our Principles: Excellence Independence Integrity Acknowledgment and Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

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History of the Academy

1942 – Members of the Australian National Research Council propose the establishment of a Social Science Research Council. 1943 – The Australian National Research Council considers the proposal and establishes a Social Science Research Committee. 1952 – Nine years later, the Social Science Research Committee resolves to become an autonomous body. A draft constitution for the new [...]
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The Academy

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) promotes excellence and encourages outstanding achievement in the social sciences in Australia. Established in 1971, replacing its parent body the Social Science Research Council of Australia, itself founded in 1942, the academy is an independent, interdisciplinary body of elected Fellows. It is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation, devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences.

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About the Social Sciences

The social sciences impact almost every aspect of society. Social scientists build our collective knowledge in areas including society’s institutions and structures, its histories and its people. There is a broad range of social science disciplines represented by the Academy, including: Society, Politics and Culture (including sociology, anthropology, geography, Indigenous studies, linguistics and other fields) […]

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Governance

The Academy is an incorporated association and a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. It is governed by an elected President and Executive Committee responsible for strategy and direction, and its National Office is led by a CEO responsible for day to day management. Sub-Committees of the Executive include the Finance Committee, the [...]
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President

Current President Professor Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at the UNSW Business School, Director of Economics of Education Knowledge Hub and co-Director of the New Economic Policy Initiative at the University of NSW in Sydney. He received his B.Ec and M.Phil degrees from the University of Sydney before receiving an AM and a PhD [...]
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National Office

The Academy’s National Office is located in Canberra on the grounds of the Australian National University. A small team of staff work closely with the Academy’s committees and Fellows to manage all aspects the Academy’s programs. Key Contacts Dr Chris Hatherly CEO chris.hatherly@socialsciences.org.au 0417 209 425 Michelle Bruce Manager - Fellowship, International & Awards michelle.bruce@socialsciences.org.au [...]
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Careers

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is an equal opportunity employer comprised of professionals dedicated to supporting and advancing the social sciences in Australia. Program & Administration Officer Generous conditions, flexible and meaningful work, and great team environment. Full-time, part-time, or job-share. The Academy is seeking an energetic and experienced administrator to join its [...]
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ASSA respects the rights of all authors and copyright holders. Works, not produced by ASSA, that appear on this website do so with the consent of the artist/s or copyright holder. Any reproduction of these images, photographs or written material is subject to copyright and may not be downloaded or reproduced without the express written permission of the copyright holder.

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Donations and Bequests

Your tax-exempt contribution will assist ASSA to strengthen the impact of social science research and knowledge for the betterment of Australian society. The academy has a vision for the future, and is enhancing its programs to better fulfil its mandate.

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