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Social Science research

Social Sciences research focuses on the crucial and emerging challenges facing societies of the tropics worldwide. At James Cook University the Social Sciences academic group is broad and varied. Our staff conduct research and teaching in the areas of Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology. We also further study through our Honours program, Master of Social Science, as well as higher degree research programs if you are seeking a professional career as an anthropologist, archaeologist, criminologist, political scientist or sociologist.

Cultural transformations - We conduct research concerning cultural and linguistic transformations, with particular strength in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology and Sociology.

Influencing policy - We consider critical issues at the intersection of sustainable development and social and environmental justice, paying particular attention to Indigenous futures, refugees, the young, and the elderly. Our research aims to influence policy, and to ensure inclusivity and social justice.

Community-based fieldwork - We place strong emphasis on creativity and innovation and practice-led research methods, especially projects involving digital technologies, experimental screen work and exhibition. Our commitment is to community-based fieldwork that explores visual and material culture, heritage, and transformations of social and political identities in a dynamic world.