Research themes and clusters

The researchers in Transforming Human Societies (THS)  are working to better understand the causes, impacts and outcomes of transformation in human societies. We want to help communities to understand the mistakes and the successes of the past and to help create a just and sustainable world.

Research themes

Our research falls under three major interconnected and intersecting themes:

  1. understanding human origins, mobility and insecurity
  2. understanding social and cultural change
  3. achieving social justice with sustainability.

Research clusters

These themes have allowed us to distribute our research into five research clusters:

Human Rights, Gender and Sexuality

The Human Rights, Gender and Sexuality cluster advances social justice and inclusion through the exploration, theorisation, recognition and defence of the value and diversity of human, sexual, gender and other embodied experiences, exploring the intersections between theory, lived experience and policy.

Indigenous Peoples: Australian and International

We seek to produce research that expands and transforms knowledge and society, while engaging in research practices that are ethical and responsive to community engagement. The purpose of the cluster is to identify and cultivate common ground across the disciplines as the foundation for generating collaborative and interdisciplinary knowledge and inquiry.

Migration and Mobilities: Ancient and Current

 Researchers in the Migration and Mobilities (ancient and current) cluster examine the drivers, experiences and outcomes of mobilities both across epochs and borders and within diverse social, cultural and historical contexts.

Sustainability and Social Justice

Balancing social, economic and environmental imperatives in a local, national and global context.

Social, Political and Economic Change (SPEC)

The Social, Political and Economic Change cluster seeks to examine the underlying dynamics driving change and continuity in human societies. It draws on a range of methodological and disciplinary traditions to generate new insights into how questions of social power, production and distribution are resolved in ways that disrupt and transform societies.