State of the Social Sciences, 2021

CONSULTATION EXTENDED. Submissions and survey responses now due Friday 19 March.

The State of the Social Sciences Report 2021 is a 12-month project led by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia to take stock of social science disciplines in Australia and plan for their future.

From how its taught in schools, to the resources and infrastructure supporting university research, to what social science graduates bring to the workplace and economy, this report will provide Australia with a clear understanding of the current state and capability of Australian social science. It will also discuss key opportunities and challenges for the sector over the coming years.

The final report will provide a foundation for the Academy’s efforts to ensure Australia has the policy settings, funding and infrastructure that support and enable world-class education and research in the social sciences.

Key Dates

  • Sept-Dec 2020     Discussion paper development
  • Jan-April 2021     Consultation
  • April-May              Data analysis
  • May-June              Report preparation
  • June-August         Exposure Draft
  • Early-Sept             Report launch

Consultation Open

Jan-March 2021

Anyone interested in the future of Australian social science is welcome to have a say.
Send a formal submission to or click ‘Have Your Say’ to respond to our online survey

Have your say

Discussion Paper

Download the discussion paper

Are you a social science researcher or educator? Do you work in HR or recruitment and look for employees with social science skills? We are seeking to draw on the expertise, knowledge and experience of Australians from education, research, government and the private and community sectors to inform the reports content.

To spark a conversation the Academy has prepared this discussion paper to capture the views, ideas and concerns of social science researchers, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers and employers across Australia.

Project team

A Steering Group of Academy Fellows and leading social science scholars provides oversight and governance for this project:

This project is managed by the Academy’s Policy team. For any project enquiries contact our Policy Manager

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