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:
- Economic History
- Political Science
- Social Medicine
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.