About Social Sciences Week


Social Sciences Week is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the diverse range of social sciences disciplines and research in Australia. It provides a platform for researchers, academics, and practitioners to engage with the broader community and raise awareness of the significant impact that social sciences research has on society.

During Social Sciences Week, a range of events and activities are held across the country, including seminars, public lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. These events cover a broad range of topics and themes, from politics and economics to sociology and psychology, and are designed to spark meaningful conversations and debates about key social issues.

Overall, Social Sciences Week aims to highlight the value and importance of social sciences research and its contribution to understanding and addressing complex social challenges in Australia and beyond.



In September 2022 we celebrated the fifth Social Sciences Week. The event began as a way of introducing the wider public to the Social Sciences, and uniting speakers from the breadth of disciplines covered by the Social Sciences. Founder Professor Dan Woodman, continues to be a champion of the social sciences and an active part of the 2023 program.

Each year Social Sciences Week has grown and Social Sciences Week 2022 (SSW2022) was no different. Over 85 events were held around Australia from 5 to 11 September. After the challenges of running 2021 events during the global pandemic, it was delightful to see a mix of face-to-face, live-streamed and available-on-demand events for SSW2022.

Social Sciences Week 2022 created a buzz on Twitter and the sponsor RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research staged multiple events during the week focusing on the social dimensions of climate change and transition.

Did you miss #SSW2022? A number of the event recordings and downloadable papers are available on the Social Sciences Week website.


We expect Social Sciences Week to grow again in 2023 with a combination of in-person, online and hybrid events. Be part of it. Keep the dates available—4-10 September 2023—and sign up here to stay in touch about developments for #SSW2023.