Research program

The Research Program, overseen by the Research Committee, encourages collaboration across the range of the social science disciplines and ensures that leading edge research projects are endorsed by the Fellowship and, where possible, represent a cross section of specialist knowledge and participation from the disciplines.

Research activities conducted under ASSA auspices take advantage of the extensive scholarly network available through the Fellowship, and encourage participation by independent or more junior scholars in such research. The drive for cutting-edge social science research is applied across all Academy activity and in addition to promoting specific research projects, is manifest in the Workshop Program, the Annual Symposium and Cunningham Lecture and publication of research findings or debate through the journal Dialogue, and the Occasional Paper Series.

The Research Program, overseen by the Research Committee, encourages collaboration across the range of the social science disciplines and ensures that leading edge research projects are endorsed by the Fellowship and, where possible, represent a cross section of specialist knowledge and participation from the disciplines.

The range of research projects being undertaken by the Academy include those projects funded as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Projects funding for the Learned Academies, with additional projects arising from occasional special funding to the academy by project partners.

The purpose of the program includes:

  • conducting and/or bringing together research on contemporary social and/or political issues of national and international significance
  • promoting research excellence and  dissemination of research findings to stimulate public debate
  • encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration within the social sciences
  • where appropriate, encouraging multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration with other disciplines and scholars not included in the social sciences (eg. humanities, sciences, etc.)
  • encouraging the contribution of its expertise to policy formulation through the application of research findings.

The Academy of the Social Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with partner organisations seeking to utlilise the expertise of the Fellowship to design and implement research projects which draw on social sciences knowledge, and which contribute to the public good and deliver benefits including  insight into the development and enhancement of Australian public policy.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Murray Radcliffe
Deputy Director
murray.radcliffe [at] assa.edu.au
+61 .2 62491788