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.

Contact us

For more information about this cluster please contact one of our cluster leaders.

Dr Hedda Askland

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science

Cluster Leader (2020-2021)

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