School of Social Sciences

Anthropology

Discipline Lead | Andrew McWilliam

Anthropologists at Western undertake fundamental and innovative research into pressing contemporary moral and ethical issues. Focal areas include adaptation to environmental change; migration and globalisation; the politics of identity and place making; post-conflict studies, gender and sexuality, crisis and transformation in Iceland; and religion and spirituality.

Our emphasis on engaged research in Australia and the Asia Pacific enhances Anthropology’s growing reputation as a key discipline in Social Science at Western. We publish analytically acclaimed ethnographic studies with high citation rates in international publishing houses and academic journals. Anthropologists at Western are also managing editors for The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA), the official journal for the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) and a leading publisher of quality ethnographic analyses of contemporary issues.

Our research-led teaching supports undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD training in Anthropology, including a pioneering Bachelor of Anthropology degree with opportunities for funded student immersion placements in domestic and international destinations.