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Excellence in research
SSSHARC curates a changing roster of interdisciplinary and collaborative research nodes that foreground excellence, innovation, creativity and engagement in the humanities and social sciences at their broadest stretch.
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Our people are leading the critical evaluation of the impact of digital technologies on society and culture. Current projects focus on digital policy and regulation; engaging publics in a digital age; platforms, data and artificial intelligence; and games, play and the metaverse.  

Digital Technologies and Society -  Professor Terry Flew

Education Futures Studio - Professor Kalervo Gulson

Our researchers are working on solutions to inequality using everything from counterfactual policy analysis to queer social theory. Current projects focus on the Australian superannuation system and its impact on old-age poverty, the asset economy, and the intergenerational transfer of wealth.

The Asset Economy

Inequality in Australia: Housing in the Asset Society - Professor Lisa Adkins, Professor Martijn Konings, Associate Professor Dallas Rogers

Superannuation in Australia - Associate Professor Aarti Singh 


Our researchers are committed to methodological innovation and integrity. Current projects advance the computational social sciences and expand notions of research co-design and creative practise research.

Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) - Dr Olga Boichak

Corridor Cultures: A community-led approach to preventing gendered violence at school - Dr Victoria Rawlings

ART, PLAY, RISK: An interdisciplinary approach to child-friendly cities - Dr Sanne Mestrom

2022 Fellowship Collaborations

 Our current Gilbert Fellows are:
  • Professor Sven Beckert (Harvard) working with Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson on the importance of to histories of capitalism in settler colonialism.  

Applications for 2023 will open on 2 May 2022 and close on 30 May 2022. 

 Our current Hunt-Simes Fellows are:

  • Professor Susanna Paasonen (Turku) working on intimacy, sexual expression and platform governance in social media with Professor Kane Race.
  • Professor Jen Gilbert (York, CA) collaborating with Dr Kellie Burns and Dr Victoria Rawlings around the development of an international network of interdisciplinary sexuality and education researchers. 
  • Associate Professor Srila Roy (Witwatersrand) working on bringing an analytical frame to the politics of gender and sexuality in the Global South with Dr Shawna Tang, Professor Adam Morton and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill.

Applications for 2023 will open on 1 May 2022 and close on 1  July 2022. 

Our current James Fellows are:

  • Professor Ros Gill (CUL) working with Professor Lisa Adkins on neoliberalism and the asset economy.
  • Professor Meredith Weiss (SUNY, Albany) working with Dr Aim Sinpeng on urban governance, racial and social justice, and socio-political development in Malaysia. 

Applications for 2023 will open on 1 April 2022 and close on 1 May 2022. 

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