Transforming Human Societies

Our research confronts some of the most pressing challenges facing human societies across our mobile, diverse and changing world, including human rights, migration, sustainable development, Indigenous issues, and rapid economic and political change.

Our work gets to the heart of the causes, impacts and outcomes of transformations in human societies. We help communities understand the mistakes and successes of the past and create a more just and sustainable future.

We are committed to understanding national and global problems. Our public intellectuals have an enduring social conscience and their knowledge and practice transform public policy and its delivery.

About Transforming Human Societies

Research for a just and sustainable future

We fund innovative research projects involving La Trobe researchers from disciplines including history, archaeology, psychology, anthropology, law, economics, management, and sociology.

Research projects

How does sexual abuse undermine peacekeeping?

We’re investigating the impact of sexual abuse and exploitation on peace operations.

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We support vulnerable Indigenous clients

Improving outcomes for incarcerated Indigenous Australians with cognitive impairments.

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