About the academy

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) promotes excellence in the social sciences in Australia and in their contribution to public policy. It coordinates the promotion of research, teaching and advice in the social sciences, promote national and international scholarly cooperation across disciplines and sectors, comment on national needs and priorities in the social sciences, and provide advice to government on issues of national importance.

Established in 1971, replacing its parent body the Social Science Research Council of Australia, itself founded in 1942, the academy is an independent, interdisciplinary body of elected Fellows. The Fellows are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions made to the social sciences across 18 disciplines.

It is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation, devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences.

The Academy if comprised of four Panels of Fellows, each comprising several disciplines. Panel constituency is:

  • Panel A:  Anthropology, Demography, Geography, Linguistics, Sociology, Management. 
  • Panel B:  Accounting, Economics, Economic History, Marketing, Statistics.   
  • Panel C:  History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science. 
  • Panel D: Education, Psychology, Social Medicine.  

It is the one of the four learned academies in Australia and focuses on promoting excellence in research in the social sciences and increasing public awareness of the role and value of social sciences.

There are three other learned academies in Australia:

  • The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH)
  • Australian Academy of Science (AAS)
  • Australian Academy of the Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

The four academies co-operate to provide interdisciplinary advice on important matters of pulic policy through the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA, formerly the National Academies Forum, formed in 1995). 

For more information, please contact:
Mrs Sunita Kumar
Manager, Public Forums and Communication
sunita.kumar [at] assa.edu.au
+61 .2 62491788