Covid 19 COVER

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cause disruption and devastation to individuals, communities and economies in Australia and around the world.

This page provides information on the activities of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and its Fellows to help inform, advise and guide the national and international response to the crisis.

Please contact the Academy’s National Office if you would like to speak with one of our experts or to discuss potential opportunities to work together.

COVID-19 Explained

Seriously Social Podcast

Season 1 of the Seriously Social podcast features in-depth interviews with 10 Academy Fellows and other leading social scientists on the many and varied impacts of COVID-19. See our Podcast page or find us on your favourite podcast platform.

Transcripts, articles and explainer videos for each episode are also available.

Social Science Resources & Activities

Academy Fellows and many other social science researchers have been contributing significant time and expertise to the global response to COVID-19. The following covers just a few of these. If you would like your work included in this list please contact us at

Other Activities & Resources

  • The COVID-19 Expert Database – managed by the Australian Academy of Science includes details of many ASSA Fellows and other Australian experts. Social Scientists can also register their details with this database.
  • The Rapid Research Information Forum of which the Academy is a member has produced a number of reports and evidence syntheses for Government Ministers. The Academy led the development of the report on learning outcomes for in-class vs online education
  • The impact of COVID-19 on refugees and other forced migrants is being analysed on this COVID-19 Watch blog from the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW (Professor Jane McAdam is an Academy Fellow).  The site provides a hub for expert analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the world’s displaced people, sharing insights and analysis from scholars, humanitarians, practitioners and refugees themselves.
  • The International Science Council (ISC) alongside the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, launched their flagship report Unprecedented & Unfinished: COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy: The Academy is a proud member of the ISC.