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Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre

Turning great ideas into landmark outcomes
We use innovative and collaborative approaches to problem solving within the humanities and social sciences and beyond.

We develop and support a diverse range of research.

We provide researchers with innovative platforms to approach and solve problems, such as pop-up research labs, huddles, ultimate peer reviews and retreats.

Our research projects are focused on solving problems of real-world and theoretical significance. They range from looking at how we address inadequate infrastructure, governance and public knowledge as climate change brings longer and more intense heat waves to transformations in law and society arising from new biosciences and biotechnologies and finding ways to end racism.

We strive to promote the value of the humanities, arts, and social sciences research through multidisciplinary collaborations.

  • to provide innovative forms of support for research by the University of Sydney humanities, arts and social sciences academics, students, and colleagues, beyond business as usual in internal research funding
  • to establish SSSHARC as a research centre of international standing in the humanities and social sciences.

Our research is motivated by problem solving using humanities and social sciences concepts and methods. We tap into a degree of intellectual depth that is unique to the 168-year history of research in humanities and social science at the University of Sydney and aim to provide clarity in conducting and communicating our research to ensure the efficacy of our work.

  • Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes – a global network that leverages the multiple perspectives of its membership on the state and future of the humanities to develop innovative models for international collaborative research and pedagogy. 

  • Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres – aims to connect humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and globally, and to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community.


Previous SSSHARC Director Nick Enfield delves into landmark research in humanities and social sciences, in conversation with researchers at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Our people

We comprise of academics and researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and welcome visitors and researchers in various disciplines from throughout Australia and around the world.

Associate Professor Lee Wallace, Director 

Professor Chris Hilliard, Deputy Director  

Meet our Ingaural Fellows and their projects. 

  • Dr Fiona Gill: Human being to human body: Identity, memory and humanity in the display of and interaction with human bodies
  • Dr Jonathon Hutchinson: Mapping and measuring Australian visual cultures across YouTube
  • Dr Aim Sinpeng: Social media analysis of Islamic State online propaganda in Australia
  • Associate Professor Andrew Wait: Worker trust of management and delegation of decision-making authority

Find out more about our previous projects.


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