Centres and research concentrations
Alan McKee, Associate Dean (Research and Development) talks about research in FASS
What is the range of the projects the faculty covers?
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS has a diverse range of research. We have people working in education, sociology, political science, studies in creative arts and writing, communications, cultural studies, linguistics and history. If you’re interested in it, there’s somebody researching it at FASS.
What is the FASS approach to research?
Out research is characterised by its interdisciplinary. Researchers from different backgrounds coming together to solve problems. So, for example, in one of our current projects, a team of historians, political scientists and journalism researchers is coming together to understand how countries around the world are dealing with climate change.
Why is this approach distinctive?
Different academic disciplines tend to have different ways of looking at things So, for example, historians look at the wider context of issues. Political scientists try to understand the institutions that lead to particular decisions. Journalism researchers want to work out how you can best communicate ideas to people. When a team of researchers like that gets together, it means that you can deal with the complexity and messiness of problems in the real world. If you’re doing research from within a single discipline, it runs the risk of being a bit one-dimensional.
How will the approach help society?
Interdisciplinary research is the way of the future. The idea that academics should sit in their own ghettos and not talk to each other about their different ways of seeing the world seems increasingly quaint. If we’re going to solve the real problems in the world, then we’re going to need this kind of sharing of perspectives and information, and UTS will continue to lead the way in doing this innovative and important, and often quite fun, research.