Research in the Arts and Social Sciences

From the concept of smell in virtual reality to the empowerment of migrant women through art exhibitions, research in the Arts at Southern Cross University is as diverse as it is socially and environmentally engaged.

This remarkable disciplinary and creative diversity – generated by academics located in a region recognised for Australia’s highest per capita number of creatives and entrepreneurs – makes the Faculty's research output unique.

Staff publish and exhibit widely and are highly socially and culturally engaged. They work with both local and distant communities and speak at scholarly and community forums in our campus regions, across the country and around the globe.

Festival crowd watching entertainment with solar generator in background

“More than 80% of people we surveyed at festivals say the Sunflower project has increased their knowledge of electricity and sustainable energy systems.”

Leigh Carriage accepts Humanitarian Award at AWMA credit Embellysh

Educator receives national recognition at Australian Women in Music Awards

Dr Leigh Carriage, a senior music lecturer at Southern Cross University, has taken out the Humanitarian category at the Australian Women in Music Awards.

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Flooded in: new audio walk explores impact of cyclone Debbie on Lismore

Documenting the Lismore community’s response to ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Flood Stories showcases the power of storytelling in disaster recovery in a new interactive audio project by Southern Cross University's Jeanti St Clair.

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river and wetland area

Art and creative events highlight the Speaking With the River exhibition

Exploring how our region’s rivers provide a creative link to interpret the way we think, live and interact is the theme for a Northern Rivers based Speaking With the River exhibition that opens on 11 March.

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Clouds in a new light: rejected satellite data gives a fresh view of our floating companions

Climate scientists study clouds closely, but translating scientific findings into forms that catch the public imagination is not always an easy task. Our new film, Path 99, uses satellite imagery and the tools of art and science to show clouds in a spectacular new light.

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Marian Tubbs and her winning work

Southern Cross lecturer takes out prestigious art prize floating companions

Southern Cross senior lecturer in art and design and practising artist Marian Tubbs has taken out one of Queensland’s most prestigious art awards, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

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Higher degrees by research

Higher degrees by research

Two types of higher degrees by research are available:

  • Master of Arts and Social Sciences (Research)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences)
See all research degrees

Honours research

Honours extends your knowledge and develops advanced research skills. It is also the pathway to a PhD.

Honours courses