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Research in Sociology focus on social processes and structures in Australia and other industrialised countries, and on processes of development in non-Western societies. It aims to develop both theoretical and empirical research skills and encourages both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Areas of sociological interest among staff and graduate students are diverse, but there are concentrations of research activity in education pathways, environmental and rural sociology, food commodity chains and corporate social responsibility, health sociology, risky consumption behaviours including gambling and substance abuse, industrial hazards and safety, social stratification and violence against women.

Current externally funded projects include:

  • Gambling
  • Public Safety and Security of Supply of Energy Pipelines
  • The organised interest system in Australian public policy: Size, focus, impact and transformation
  • Stressed mobilities: understanding the significance of the commute for city-workers
  • An exploration of the frequency, outcomes, enablers and constraints of bystander anti-racism
  • Community, Suburbia And Sustainability
  • Active Citizenship of Young People through Electoral Enrolment
  • Lost Talent? The Occupational Ambitions and Attainments of Young Australians
  • Health, Freedom and Independent Contracting
  • Carers of Cancer Patients: Understanding Their Support Service Needs

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