Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology

Our department goal is to provide students and the wider public with well-informed, vocationally relevant understandings of the institutions, organizations and everyday experiences of individuals in society. We're an active and diverse department and have been growing rapidly over the last few years. We work closely with researchers from around the world such as Europe, Asia and North America.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page.

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Head of Department

Professor Gabrielle Meagher

Gabrielle Meagher's research is organised around a set of questions about how care work and social services are distributed, organised and valued - in society overall, by welfare and labour market policies and within organisations. Her work is framed within critical feminist political economy, and draws on a range of methods, from historical institutionalism and critical discourse analysis to social surveys.

Research and funding

Our department undertakes theoretically informed critical research on social issues in both Australia and internationally. Core to our approach is the integration of theory and empirical work, and the Department has stand-out strengths in advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The Faculty Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.  

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info. When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee if appropriate.

Employee support and safety

Macquarie wants to ensure all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits. It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University's wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.

Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Staff are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard. All staff are required to complete the Health & Safety Induction modules.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Arts Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnership Manager: 

Carly Evans

C5C 315
T: +61 2 9850 4057 

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