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Humanities: Research and Graduate Studies

Welcome from the Dean, Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Associate  Professor John Byron Professor Tim Dolin

The research and creative production activities of the Faculty of Humanities are strong and expanding rapidly, with bright prospects for Curtin Humanities researchers and research students. In a world that is increasingly dependent on new insights into the social and cultural realms, our fields have more to offer than ever before.

The Faculty of Humanities conducts pure and applied research across the broad spectrum of knowledge in society and culture, in a number of research centres and institutes as well as through its constituent schools. This rich array of pursuits includes: art and design; the social sciences; human rights education; built environment; cultural studies; education; sport and recreation; media and communication; sustainability; Asian languages; culture and technology; and area studies in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

A distinctive feature of Curtin Humanities is our focus on connected and applied research - many of our researchers collaborate with national and international partners in government, industry and the not-for-profit sector, as well as in other universities. Practice-based research is an integral feature of creative production in film and television, art and design, performance studies, literature and architecture. At the same time, curiosity-driven research within the established disciplines is also strongly supported.

Research degrees at the Masters and Doctoral level are available in all areas of the Faculty. Advice and assistance for both prospective and current postgraduate research students is available from the Humanities Research and Graduate Studies Office. Curtin also operates a number of university-wide grant and fellowship programs, through the University's Office of Research and Development.

As central as science and technology are to our future, it is now more obvious than ever that those fields alone cannot adequately account for - let alone resolve - the big questions confronting humanity. Indeed, science and technology themselves often produce human responses that they are not particularly well equipped to explain. To understand the human factors, particularly those social and cultural phenomena that have defied past approaches, we need new ways of thinking about society and culture - new thinking that is informed by deep expertise, creative acumen, historical understanding, proven methodologies and innovative practice. That’s the skill set of humanities research, and it’s what we are about at Curtin: understanding people, to make tomorrow better.

Professor Tim Dolin
Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Faculty of Humanities