Sociology and Social Policy


Postgraduate studies in Sociology and Social Policy will enhance your understanding of contemporary society, emerging social issues, and national and international developments in social policy.

Sociology is the study of human behaviour and patterns of social interaction in their institutional, organisational and cultural settings.  Sociological research at the University of Sydney emphasises both an historical and comparative approach to understanding the modern world and contemporary social issues. Staff in the department of Sociology and Social Policy have expertise in a large number of research areas and are currently working on a range of specific research projects, commissioned consultancies and publications.  The department encourages a culture of research and debate, and fosters research through individual and collaborative research development amongst staff, and through the development of a strong postgraduate research degree program.


Professor Mike Michael, Dr Salvatore Babones, Dr Craig Browne, Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer, Associate Professor Catriona Elder, Dr Amanda Elliot, Dr Fiona Gill, Professor Michael Humphrey, Dr Gyu-Jin Hwang, Dr Karl Maton, Dr Rebecca Scott Bray, Professor Catherine Waldby, Dr Fran Collyer, Dr Melinda Cooper, Dr Adrian Hearn, Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Professor Stephen Castles, Professor Robert van Krieken, Dr Kiran Grewal, Dr Susan Banki, Dr Jennifer Wilkinson, Dr Greg Martin, Dr Elisabeth Valiente-Riedl, Dr Laura Beth Bugg, Associate Professor Nicola Piper, Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Dr Karen O'Brien

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Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS)

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The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has research strengths that result from team and collaborative work undertaken by senior and emerging scholars as well as postgraduate students. These dynamic research clusters engage with many of the key issues in contemporary society, as listed below. For a full description of these research strength areas, and current research projects, see Research Clusters. The supervisor links above will take you to more information for each researcher.

Migration and Globalisation
Researchers: Stephen Castles, Nicola Piper, Catriona Elder, Christine Inglis, Laura Beth Bugg, Susan Banki, Adrian Hearn
See also: Multicultural and Migration Research Centre, Social Transformation and International Migration

Health and the BioSciences
Researchers: Catherine Waldby, Mike Michael, Fran Collyer, Melinda Cooper, Salvatore Babones, Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, Kirsten Harley, Deborah Lupton
See also: Biopolitics of Science research network, Charles Perkins Centre

Social Theory
Researchers: Craig Browne, David Bray, Karl Maton, Jennifer Wilkinson, Robert van Krieken, Melinda Cooper, Fran Collyer, Danielle Celermajer, Michael Humphrey, Deirdre Howard Wagner

Human Rights, Democratisation and Justice
Researchers: Susan Banki, Danielle Celermajer, Michael Humphrey, Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Dinesh Wadiwel, Adrian Hearn, Kiran Grewal, Nicola Piper, Elisabeth Valiente-Riedl, Karen O'Brien.
See also:The Sydney Social Justice Project, Master of Human Rights, Master of Human Rights and Democratisation

Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology
Researchers: Robert van Krieken, Rebecca Scott Bray, Greg Martin, Deirder Howard Wagner, Kiran Grewal, Michael Humphrey, Karen O'Brien.
See also: Sydney Institute of Criminology

Social Policy, Inclusion and Inequality
Researchers: Amanda Elliot, Gyu-Jin Hwang, Salvatore Babones, Laura Beth Bugg, David Bray, Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, Dinesh Wadiwel, Karen O'Brien.
See also: Social Policy Research Network, China Studies Centre

Identity, Belonging and Culture
Researchers: Catriona Elder, Fiona Gill, Jennifer Wilkinson, Laura Beth Bugg, Amanda Elliot, Rebecca Scott Bray, Greg Martin, Robert van Krieken, Karen O'Brien.

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social policy, social interaction, social movements, law and justice, religion, gender, sexuality, colonialism, social theory, migration and globalisation, race/ethnicity and migration, transnationalism, health and medical sociology, biopolitics, health policy, theories of knowledge and culture, human rights, democratisation and justice, refugees, Indigenous social and legal justice, gender and rights, socio-legal studies and criminology, terrorism, inclusion and inequality, identity, belonging and culture, Feminism, popular culture, quantitative and qualitative methodologies

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