The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies works in partnership with industry and communities to respond to the most pressing social and environmental needs of our time by delivering research outcomes that promote sustainability for people and the planet.

The school brings together subject experts from the applied humanities and social sciences, including applied criminology, humanitarianism and international development, social policy and evaluation, social work and youth work, health and mental health, and environmental policy and urban planning.

Research in the school makes a contribution to the SDG2030 goals, in particular SDG3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG5 (Gender Equality), SDG10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies has a vibrant, interdisciplinary and international research culture that is primarily delivered through two highly successful research centres, Centre for Urban Research and Social and Global Studies Centre.

The school also supports over 160 HDR students who are completing their studies on a range of programs, including PhD and Masters by Research Project, offering excellent opportunities for industry and community-based professional development. Find out more about HDR programs here.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer