Understand social forces and power structures, globalisation and sustainability issues.
Pursue an advanced research project in social sciences and expand our understanding of the social, cultural and political forces that shape and steer the world today.
Why undertake a PhD in Social Sciences at Flinders
A PhD in Social Sciences at Flinders provides a wide range of skills valued in all types of organisations and careers. It will enhance your analytical and communication skills, provide you with skills to quickly learn new concepts and adapt to change, and enhance your time management, organisation and resilience skills.
A PhD is a stepping stone to a career as a professional researcher in the public sector, think tanks, charities, universities, and private corporations. Individuals with PhDs in social sciences are highly sought after for various professions in public and private organisations and have found roles in writing, the law, public service, consulting, advising, teaching and publishing.
Flinders Social Sciences academic staff are recognised as leaders in their fields both in Australia and globally. Our academic supervisors draw on their extensive knowledge and exciting research covering topics related to inequality, and sustainability.
|Cultural politics and histories of sexuality and reproduction in Australia, abortion, feminism in Australia, 'intersectional' approaches to gender and sexuality issues, representations of children and 'the child', critical race and whiteness theories in Australian contexts, Indigenous studies, memory and representations of the past.|
|Dr Gareth Butler||
Sustainable tourism development, community engagement, tourism mobilities, tourism and migration, socio-cultural impacts of tourism, independent travel, national parks.
|Associate Professor Bev Clarke||Coastal climate adaptation, cultural ecosystem service evaluation, coastal management, community engagement, marine protected area management, natural resource management, environmental impact assessment, waste management, policy evaluation.|
|Dr Monique Mulholland||
Gender and sexuality - post structural feminist theory, queer theory, theories of ‘normalisation’ and deviance/perversity, pornography, media and representation, non-normative sexualities. critical race theory - whiteness, decolonising methodologies, post-colonial theory, intersectionality, affecting change - private/public intimacies and the changing nature of sexual expression, sexualised popular and media cultures, youth cultures and youth sexualities, intergenerational negotiation and migrant communities.
|Associate Professor Kris Natalier||
Child and family policy, children, families, family law and social policy, gender, intimacy and relationships, marriage and intimate relationships, parenting, poverty and inequality.
Sociology of law, criminal justice system, socio-legal studies, emotions, courts and judicial officers, professions and occupations, gender and workplaces.
Population studies, human development and wellbeing, multi-dimensional poverty analysis and sustainable development.
Critical development studies, social and cultural geography of migration, international development, ethnicity and race studies.
|Dr Michael Scott||
Creative and cultural industries and urban governance.
|Dr Laura Roberts||Gender studies, feminist philosophy and politics, post/decolonial theory, contemporary social movements, and feminist philosophies of technology.|
Some stories are so inspirational, you just need to tell them. Dr Ryan Manhire went from school drop-out to a postdoc at one of Europe’s leading ethical centres. Find out how he forged his path with the help of a Bachelor of Arts and Cotutelle Doctoral degree in Philosophy.
Dr Monique Mulholland has always been interested in norms and how people’s views are shaped around sexuality, gender, race and identity – now she is giving young people a voice to shape the curriculum.
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