Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of history, politics, sociology, and literature.
IHSS welcomes applications to the PhD and MPhil programs from prospective domestic and international candidates whose research interests align with the research strengths of our academic staff. Applications are accepted year round and scholarships are available.
We strongly encourage applicants to seek out a suitable supervisor by visiting Our People. For further information, please click on the link below.
The Imperial and Colonial Histories research program includes: histories of Indigenous-imperial engagement; settler colonial and transcolonial histories; comparative Indigenous histories; Indigenous biography; colonial travel, mobilities and exchange; missions, colonial governance and law; histories and legacies of empire.Explore research
Gender and Women’s History Research Centre explores the experience of a diverse array of individuals in times past.Explore research
The Research Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies explores the experiences of refugees across the world.Explore research
The Political Science program contributes broadly to scholarship in political science, with a nationally unique focus on the subfields of comparative politics and political economy.Explore research
The Sociology program generates research on the structure and bases of power in contemporary societies and diverse political arenas, as well as producing major advances in social and political theory.Explore research
The Literature research program examines English-language literature from the early modern period through to the contemporary era, including: Shakespeare and the English Renaissance; the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century; the history and theory of the novel; environmental literatures and the environmental humanities; imperial and postcolonial studies; Irish studies; American literature; Anglophone literatures in a transnational context.Explore research
27 April 2023
ACU is launching a new Graduate Industry Research Program at the Ballarat campus this month. Five PhD candidates will undertake research projects to explore and develop Ballarat’s rich heritage and ar...
22 February 2023
There is a sharp generational and gender divide when it comes to how Australians view the role of local government, according to a new national survey by ACU researchers.
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