School of Social and Political Science

Message from the Head of School


The School of Social and Political Science is a large and diverse community of more than 3,000 students and 400 staff. We are engaged in understanding and addressing many of the challenges facing society through our teaching, research and community outreach. We are one of the largest and most successful centres of excellence for social and political science scholarship internationally. Our work addresses issues that impact the daily lives of individuals, communities and societies, including in relation to families, gender, health, politics, poverty, mental health, race, sustainability and technology. 


Our research and education interests are diverse but connected by a commitment to achieving societal benefits, and to understanding and addressing social inequalities. This starts with our own School. The School of Social and Political Science is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to all matters. All students and staff should be treated with respect irrespective of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic. There is no place for prejudice or discrimination in our community, or wider society.

In being an inclusive community we also aim to facilitate an environment where all members of our School are able to inquire, study, and debate issues, some of which may be contentious, in a constructive and respectful manner.

Please do explore the web pages of the School to gain a fuller understanding of the range of work we are engaged in, and the opportunities to be involved in studying or working with us.



Professor John Devaney
Dean and Head of the School of Social and Political Science