Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster

The Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster is a dynamic group of educators, researchers, professionals and learners based in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW, Sydney. Our Cluster Identity can be viewed here (PDF) [194 Kb].

The Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster is engaged in the following areas:


Our research investigates social and cultural problems from an interdisciplinary perspective to reflect on their diverse causes and complexities. Our research is inspired by a commitment to social justice and developing different forms of knowledge, including Indigenous knowledges, across our five subject areas of Criminology, Disability, Social Research and Policy, Social Work, and Sociology & Anthropology. We use diverse research methods to examine the relationships between personal experience and structural patterns of inequity and injustice. We are committed to research that has a positive impact on the well-being and resilience of individuals, families, and communities. Become part of our team as a collaborator, student or community member and help us shape the future.

Learning and Teaching 

If you are interested in learning more about social change, social engagement, and social justice within and across different populations and cultures, you will want to consider doing a major or minor with members of the Social and Cultural Inquiry cluster. We offer undergraduate degree programs in arts, criminology and criminal justice, social research and policy, and social work.

Our researchers specialise in diverse fields ranging from classical and contemporary social theory, child wellbeing, migration, community development, health and mental health, creative arts, and strategies to reduce gender violence and victimisation. We are proud of our teaching and learning contributions to UNSW and beyond:

• Our teaching is inspired by our research and by cutting-edge developments in our fields of inquiry;
• We draw on both theoretical and applied approaches in our teaching;
• We dedicate ourselves to offering programs of work-integrated learning that enable students to do work placements as part of their degrees; and
• We offer Honours programs for highly motivated students who wish to do independent research following their undergraduate degree program.

Community Engagement

Community engagement and knowledge sharing is a priority for the Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster. Engagements take place in numerous ways including via Work Integrated Learning experiences for our students; through strong research partnerships with industry and community groups; participation in conferences, and through inviting experts into the classroom to share their real-life experience and ideas.

The work we do in the Cluster is designed to influence and inform the world, and staff and students regularly share their ideas through film, podcasts, radio, print, online and much more. Join us at the Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster and learn how your work at UNSW can help change lives.