Multidisciplinary Clusters in the School of Humanities and Social Science

Healthy Communities and Social Futures (HCSF)

The cluster for Healthy Communities and Social Futures provides a suite of innovative research and teaching initiatives in Social Work, Speech Pathology and Linguistics. Our team of people teach into the university’s distinctive Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) program which integrates hands on clinical practice with rigorous linguistic analysis as well as psychology and human biosciences. In the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program we similarly train students for one of the most in demand employment pathways of the future. Our research networks include collaborations in Social Work and Speech Pathology as well as the ELDTA Linguistic Research Program. We also host a Lab for Applied Language Science alongside public open access clinics for VoiceSpeech Intelligibility and Stuttering. Keep up to date with us on our School of Humanities and Social Sciences news website or by emailing our cluster leader below.

Cluster leader: Dr. Liz Spencer (2018-19) A/Prof. Penny Buykx (2020-21)

Societies and Cultures and Human Services (SACHS)

The cluster for Societies and Cultures and Human Services at the University of Newcastle brings together a distinctive combination of research, theory and practice to make sense of and respond to critical challenges of our time. Our team of people examine the development, structure and regulation of human society, drawing on our collective expertise in Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, and Human Services. We apply this expertise through social research informing social policy, planning and service delivery, the media and politics. Students have an opportunity to contribute to problem-solving in their local communities through Workplace Integrated Learning, which is a key feature of our areas of study in the Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Arts programs. At post-graduate levels, students have the opportunity to advance their academic and applied research skills through our Research Higher Degree program or the Masters of Social Change and Development. The cluster has a ‘glocal’ focus – looking for solutions to local problems drawing on best practice through our research, policy and professional networks in our region, across Australia, and across the globe. Our research networks include the Newcastle Youth Studies Group and the Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Research Network, and our researchers are part of the Society, Health and Disability Research Group, the Centre for the Study of Violence, the Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures, and the Gender and Sexuality Research Network in the Centre for 21st Century Humanities. Keep up to date with us on our School of Humanities and Social Science news website or by emailing our cluster leader below.

Cluster leader: Dr. Hamed Hosseini (2018-19), Dr. Hedda Askland (2020-21)

Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry (HCCI)

The cluster for Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry fosters collaborations between our team of people in Ancient History, History and Studies of Religion. Each year we curate a suite of public lectures, seminars, conferences, gallery exhibitions, podcasts, our finest student projects, new academic publications, as well as open access and university degree level courses. Our courses feature prominently in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degrees, where the largest course in Australian history features. In order to enrich our region’s cultural heritage we network with a variety of organisations from Newcastle through to the rest of the world. Our research collaborations include the Centre for the Study of Violence and the Wine Studies Research Network. Recent projects include Waiting for Equality and the Dictionary of Newcastle. Keep up to date with us on our School of Humanities and Social Science news website or by emailing our cluster leader below.

Cluster leader: Dr Timothy Stanley (2019-20)

Screens, Languages, English and Writing (SLEW)

The Screens, Languages, English and Writing cluster coordinates scholarly collaborations in the areas of Film, Media & Cultural Studies, Modern Languages, and English & Writing. Our team of people both create works of literature, as well as study the manifold ways such works are produced and distributed in different media over time. In the Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages we provide study pathways in languages such as French, German, Japanese and Chinese from beginner to advanced levels. From open access courses through to PhD research, SLEW advances unique opportunities to analyse diverse media in the context of their distinctive languages. Our research nexuses include the Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing as well as the Early Modern Women Research Network in the Centre for 21st Century Humanities. Keep up to date with us on our School of Humanities and Social Sciences news website or by emailing our cluster leader below.

Cluster leaderDr. Rebecca Beirne (2018-19), Dr. Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan (2020-21)