Social Sciences Week, Democracy Symposium, Paul Bourke lectures, and plenty of funding opportunities!
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Social Sciences Week 2022 kicks off next week (5-11 September) with a fascinating line-up of events, talks and webinars.  The program features over 80 events across a broad range of social science disciplines. Both Fellows and followers can get involved by registering for an event, or show your support for the week by tagging @SocSciWeek on twitter or by using the week's hashtag #SSW2022. 

We also have a number of Academy events occurring for Social Sciences Week, including two lectures from our 2021 Paul Bourke Award recipients, a webinar for high-school students and a panel discussion on Big Data in Social Policy. To see all of our events click here

Things are moving quickly in the policy space. Four Academy Fellows are attending the Jobs and Skills summit taking place in Canberra today, while Minister Clare's new Letter of Expectations to the ARC and announcement of a review of the Council's structure and function present an enormous opportunity to set the framework for research in Australia going forward. 

The Academy's annual symposium on Democracy on 28-29 November is shaping up well, and registrations will open shortly for both in-person (Melbourne) and online attendance. Note that the Academy 2022 AGM and Panel meetings will be held online in the weeks prior to the symposium rather than concurrently. Those attending in person will be warmly welcomed to join us for our new Fellows' presentations and annual dinner; our first opportunity in three years.

Finally, our latest Seriously Social podcast looks at where to next for Australia's Paid Parental Leave schemes. It's a fascinating episode featuring Fellow Professor Marian Baird, CEO of Early Childhood Australia Sam Page and inspiring stories from parents. Take a listen here.

Fired up for Social Sciences Week 2022

Social Sciences Week 5-11 September 2022 is nearly here! Now in its fifth year, Social Sciences week is shaping up to be our best yet. Whether it’s the history of Australian mothering or tracking burnout syndrome, if you’re an amateur enthusiast or distinguished academic, Social Sciences week has something for everyone. More than 80 face-to-face and online events around Australia will showcase Australia’s leading social science thinkers.

Hear how children are learning in the bomb shelters of Ukraine. Take a trip through adventure therapy. Imagine an anti-racist future or the economic implications of a changing climate. These are just a few of the big ideas and complex topics on offer for Social Sciences Week.

Find the full program of Social Sciences Week events here and follow us on Twitter (@SocSciWeek).

Thanks to our generous sponsor RMIT University and our partner organisations and universities: Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, The Australian Sociological Association, Charles Sturt University, The Council for the Humanities, Arts and the Social Sciences, Deakin University, Deans of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, The Economic Society of Australia, James Cook University, University of Melbourne, University of Newcastle, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia, Western Sydney University.

China + France grants are now open!

The Academy's two bilateral research funding programs are now open for applications.

Our collaborative research grants with the French Embassy Academy offer up to $5,000 AUD in seed funding to foster larger research projects of interest to both countries. Early and mid-career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Details here.

Looking to China, as part of the Australia-China Joint Action Program the Academy and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) will award four grants of $7,000 AUD and ¥35,000 RMB in 2022 to teams of social scientists from Australia and CASS. Priority topics include urban development, environmental protection, regional security and more. Learn more here.

Paul Bourke Lectures

On Friday 9 September, Sarah Walker and Tim Neal—recipients of the Academy's prestigious Paul Bourke Award—deliver their Paul Bourke Lectures. These free online presentations are part of the jam-packed lineup of events for Social Sciences Week, happening from 5-11 September. 

Narratives for violence and their persistence over time

Sarah Walker | 9 September | 11am

Collective violence against marginalised groups is a tragic phenomenon in many societies. Often such acts are accompanied by specific narratives that justify the necessity for systematic persecution. How do these narratives become prevalent and why do they persist?

Learn more and register here.

What are the economic implications of a changing climate?

Tim Neal | 9 September | 2pm

Given the warnings from scientists of potentially catastrophic changes to our climate from greenhouse gas emissions, it might surprise you to learn that we know very little about the potential economic implications of these unprecedented changes to the Earth’s climate. 

Learn more and register here.

Save the date: Democracy at the Academy Symposium 2022

Don't miss out on the highlight of the Academy’s calendar—the annual Academy Symposium 28-29 November 2022 in Melbourne and online. The 2022 theme—Democracy—has urgent relevance and will offer a brilliant line of experts and panels from across the social sciences and public policy. This year’s symposium, part of the Academy’s 2022 Annual Events program, will be part of the inaugural Congress of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, also in Melbourne. Keep an eye on the newsletter for registration details; opening soon. Share the newsletter subscribe link with a colleague or friend who needs to know.

A seat at the table: Harvard Chair 2024-25

Applications for Harvard University’s Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies 2024–2025 are open. Established as a gift from the Australian government to Harvard in 1976 as part of US Bicentennial celebrations (and named after the two prime ministers who made it happen), the Chair promotes awareness and understanding of Australia, in America.

Over 35 years the Chair has been occupied by some of Australia’s most distinguished intellectuals. Last year’s appointment was Fellow Katie Holmes. The Australian Nominating Committee encourages applications from mid-career academics, women and under-represented groups. To learn more about the appointment and how to apply follow this link.


Last month the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced the establishment of the NHMRC Sandra Eades Investigator Grant Award to honour Academy Fellow Sandra Eades. The Award is given to the top-ranked Indigenous recipient in the Emerging Leadership Category of Investigator Grants. Sandra is the first Indigenous medical practitioner to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy. 

Congratulations also to two of our Fellows for receiving Australian Laureate Fellowships, Anne Castles and Larissa Behrendt. The scheme supports world-class researchers to conduct research in Australia and internationally, and train and mentor early-career researchers.

Larissa was also named the 2022 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, a prestigious Fellowship awarded to an outstanding female candidate from the humanities, arts and social science disciplines.

Funding opportunity: disruptive technologies

The Defence Science and Technology Group is calling for Expressions of Interest from individuals or groups interested in the assessment of societal implications of emerging and potentially disruptive technologies. Funding up to $75,000 is available and applications close on 30 September. 

Evidence-based parenting programs in the spotlight

The Academy is proud to be a supporter of the Parenting and Family Research Alliance, led by Fellow Matt Sanders from the University of Queensland. Abstracts are now open for the inaugural International Congress on Evidence-based Parenting Support taking place online in mid-2023. 

Submission: Critical technologies in the National Interest 

The Federal Government is currently consulting on the 2022 List of Critical Technologies in the National Interest which will form the basis for further discussions around investment and collaboration across all sectors of the economy. We encourage Fellows with expertise in this area to register for the upcoming academic information sessions and please contact Andrea Verdich if you would like to contribute to an Academy submission.

Read, Watch, Listen

From Fellow Ariadne Vromen comes a topic that’s been getting plenty of attention in recent years (Trump’s email fundraisers spring to mind!). Ariadne’s new co-authored book, Crowdsourced Politics, is a timely read.

Fellow Deb Lupton has been busy too, with not one but three recently published books on the social aspects of COVID published in the last 12 months. These follow her 2021 publications (The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives, and The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis) , which provide insights into everyday life around the world as people battled with containing the pandemic.

Lastly, September will see the launch of a book from Fellow David Walker, Happy Together: bridging the Australia China divide. The 23 September launch in Adelaide will feature the Governor of South Australia, who served as Australia’s Ambassador to China when David was living in Beijing. South Australian Fellows received an invitation to this event earlier in the week via email.

In a nod to the Jobs and Skills Summit happening this week, why not grab a cuppa and contemplate what makes a good boss with this 2-minute video from our seriously engaging Seriously Social video backlist? Thanks to Fellow Andrew Neal, whose expertise features in this one.

Who is left holding the baby? In the latest episode of our Seriously Social podcast, we explore Paid Parental Leave: where we are and where we want to be. We asked if Australia’s current paid parental leave scheme works for all caregivers (spoiler: it doesn’t) and what needs to change.

Remember, you can download Seriously Social, including our excellent back catalogue from the listen section of the Seriously Social website. Of course, you can also subscribe on your favourite podcasting platform (that way you will never miss an episode!).


Sadly, there are a number of condolences to share this month. Our thoughts are with the families, colleagues and friends of the following Fellows.

Professor Stephen Castles
A sociologist and political economist, Professor Castles worked extensively in the field of international migration dynamics. His more recent work focused on the global political economy of forced migration and its links to social transformation. Colleagues have described him as “a truly humane scholar who saw in academia a way of using research to improve the situation of marginalised and often persecuted people”.

Professor Peter Glow
A psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, Professor Glow passed away last month aged 92 years. A Fellow since 1974 who celebrated his Jubilee Fellowship with the Academy in 2015, Peter was recognised for his standing as a scholar and teacher.

Professor Clement (Clem) Tisdell Emeritus Professor Clem Tisdell was one of Australia’s most prolific publishers in the economics discipline. He was regarded by many as a pioneer of ecological, natural resource and environmental economics and leaves behind an amazing legacy of collaborative advantage in academic research. He will be missed by his many collaborators throughout the world.  

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