Social Sciences

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.A broad sweep of academic disciplines are represented by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. ASSA has more than 500 elected fellows across the following 18 subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Demography
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Medicine
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

Academy Objectives

The overriding goal of ASSA is to develop social sciences in Australia and facilitate the contribution of social sciences to community welfare. ASSA works by

  • promoting research, teaching and advice in social science disciplines
  • promoting global scholarly cooperation across disciplines
  • commenting on Australian needs and priorities in social sciences
  • offering advice, especially on issues of national significance.

Strategies / actions by which ASSA achieves its objectives are as follows.

Promoting excellence in the social sciences
  • electing to Fellowship Australia’s most distinguished social science scholars
  • recognising exceptional achievement in the social sciences
  • promoting the development of early-career researchers.
Providing evidence-based advice on policy issues
  • monitoring government policy development
  • using a customer charter to invite others to bring issues to ASSA for research
  • strengthening ASSA’s relationships with high-level government policy makers
  • collaborating with industry, other non-government organisations and communities to develop positions on public issues
  • collaborating with the other Academies.
Promoting international collaboration
  • engaging in international and regional social science research councils
  • developing new priority, bilateral, international research collaborations.
Raising public awareness of the role and value of the social sciences
  • engaging publicly with issues of national importance
  • disseminating ASSA’s work in accessible forms, including through new media.