Academic staff within the Department of Social Inquiry make critical contributions to intellectual and social life through research, publications and community engagement. The Department has vibrant graduate research culture and is home to two research centres: Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology and Philippines Australia Studies Centre.

Research projects

Staff in the Department of Social Inquiry have specialisations across a number of social science disciplines and undertake research on a wide range of topics.

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Research centres

Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology connects to the leading international social theory journal of the same name.

Philippines Australia Studies Centre is the only centre in the Australian university system that connects researchers and promotes their movement between the Philippines and Australia.

Higher Degrees by Research

The Department of Social Inquiry has a strong graduate research culture. Student researchers benefit from multidisciplinary and multi-campus settings and a dynamic community of learning with reading groups, seminars, salons, and an annual college run retreat and conference. The community of scholars is over 80 students with a large cohort of international students.

Alignment with La Trobe's Research Focus Areas (RFAs)

La Trobe Research Focus Areas (RFAs) build on the University's strengths and address some of the most pressing questions and fundamental challenges facing the world today. Dr Raelene Wilding (Sociology) is the Deputy Director of the RFA – Transforming Human Societies and convenes the mobilities cluster.

The Department of Social Inquiry is closely aligned with two RFAs: