School of Humanities and Social Science
Through collaborative research projects the cluster for Societies and Cultures and Human Services draws upon multiple disciplines in order to open new horizons in research.
Research centres, networks and groups
Newcastle Youth Studies Group
Newcastle Youth Studies Group examines inequalities that affect young people's lives across national and international contexts. It has a particular focus on Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. It has demonstrated research methodological expertise in an array of quantitative and qualitative methods including: large surveys, interviews, focus groups, visual methods, ethnography, figurative methodology and discourse analysis.
Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Research Network
Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Research Network is a world-first collaboration that studies and promotes alternative modes of development beyond Carbon, Capital, and (extracted) Commodities with a focus on the prospects of urban development in Australian regional areas, particularly Hunter Region. The team is uniquely comprised of experts from a broad range of disciplines who strongly share a common interest in contributing scholarly research to support the creation of a sustainable, inclusive future.
Society, Health and Disability Research Group
Society, Health and Disability Research Group brings new and established approaches from the Humanities and Social Sciences to the study of health and disability. The team has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, including ethnography, archival methods, action-research and social-media based digital methods.
Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures
Working in metropolitan, regional and rural environments, the Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures is focused on the development of research projects that examine the roles that policy, people and organisations play in bringing about change and development in regional economies and communities, primary industries, energy and resource management, land use planning and natural environments. The Centre is committed to the development of research projects that aspire to a more sustainable future, including those that contribute to the development of resilient and diverse economies, industries and communities.
The Centre for 21st Century Humanities
The Centre for 21st Century Humanities fosters research that investigates human agency in our past, present and future. An era of unprecedented human impact on the world and the rise of new digital technologies opens new questions about what it means to be human today. The Centre offers a forum for the creation of new knowledge for turbulent times and brings together areas of the humanities where the University of Newcastle has significant strength
The Centre for Health Professional Education
The Centre for Health Professional Education is committed to engaging in a systematic and rigorous program of research that will examine the effectiveness of curricula interventions as well as the impact of health professional education on patient outcomes.
The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
The university is proud of its reputation for being an institution not only of excellence but also one that embraces equity. Through The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE), the university is committed to developing an agenda that brings equity practice and research together (praxis), and in doing so, provides a robust suite of multidisciplinary research and practice to offer leadership in equity both nationally and internationally.
We also network with resource organisations and associations that help us promote our research agendas and achieve greater level of engagement with communities and industries, local and global.
- American Ethnological Society (AES)
- Asian Borderlands Research Network (Leiden, Netherlands) Committee Member
- Asian Studies Association Australia
- Australian Anthropological Society
- Australian Association for the Study of Religion
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
- Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, UTS
- Common Alternatives
- Consortium for Youth, Generations and Cultures
- European Association for Social Anthropology (EASA)
- European Society for Oceanists (ESFO)
- Frontier Assemblages/ RISEZAsia (Aarhus Univ)
- Geldom Hydrogel Project (Gates Foundation)
- International Sociological Association (ISA)
- Monash Sustainable Development Institute
- New Economy Network Australia
- Ngarruwan Ngadju Centre (UOW)
- Ngukurr Community
- Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
- Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCC)
- Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)
- The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
- The Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management, University of Birmingham
- The Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.