Current Research Projects
Academics in the Department of Social Inquiry undertake a range of research projects across a variety of topics.
Explore our current research projects:
This three-year project (2016-2018) examines how support networks for older people are affected by their mobility and the dispersal of their family, friends and care services.
Since the 1990s, across many countries, inquiries and truth commissions into various forms of historical abuse have proliferated.
This pilot project investigates the role of citizen activism in relation to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
This study examines the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse alongside past Inquiries into child maltreatment.
This research explores practices and orientations of Indonesian Muslim women activists and the relationship between the ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ is understood in different contexts.
This project investigates contemporary Australian courthouse design, focusing particularly on the physical experience of players located within the trial.
A research project exploring the role of high courts in the context of a political transition from competitive authoritarianism towards a dictatorship based on a hegemonic party.
This project explores the cultural and ecological dimensions of re-implementing anthropogenic burning in the recently declared Nyangumarta Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in northwestern Australia.
Bringing together leading scholars of judicial politics in the Global South (including Central and South-East Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa), this project is expected to produce a comprehensive picture of the role of judicial networks in a variety of regime types and regions.
This ongoing research agenda analyses the politicization of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, and the judiciary more generally, before and after President Hugo Chávez’s arrival in power and the subsequent onset of the Bolivarian Revolution.
La Trobe University Law School project seeks to relocate responsibly away from juries and to look more deeply at rape trials to reveal what else is influencing jury decision making.
This project aims to understand the socio-economic situation of Pacific Islanders living in the Mildura/Robinvale area of Victoria.
A research project exploring the notion of populist constitutionalism.
This project is a case-study of women’s labour migration and other forms of mobility that operate at the territorial borders of nation-states.
(S)peaking in the classroom: Analysing the effectiveness of speaking and teamwork as graduate outcomes from an undergraduate student perspective to reduce anxiety-related attrition
This project investigates students’ experiences of speaking and teamwork assessments.
This research project intends to undertake a study of global and national perspectives on social policy development in Indonesia
University education and vocational aspirations: A study of first-year students in the humanities and social sciences
This project investigates the motivations and experiences of students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University.
This project aims to analyse the remaking of rural China as it is envisaged and executed in China’s hierarchical political system, and to examine the impacts of this restructuring on agriculture, rural society, and people’s lives.