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President's Welcome

Welcome to the website of The Australian Sociological Association. TASA is a vibrant organisation committed to promoting sociology in Australia, facilitating the teaching of sociology and sociological research, and enhancing the professional development of our members. Sociological thinking and skills need to be at the centre of public life, social policy and education. To achieve this, TASA promotes and advocates for sociology in Australia, in particular through our events, publications, engagement with key public issues and the media. We are also committed to growing our connections with sociologists working across our region.

Our members: TASA is one of the largest social science associations in Australia, with over 800 members, and an increasing numbers of international members. In recent decades, sociology has moved beyond being the domain of sociology departments to become a central component of multi-disciplinary teaching, learning and research. Sociologists are now just as likely to be found in schools of business, education, health, criminology or policy as they are in sociology departments. Sociologically trained researchers increasingly work in government departments, non-profit associations, private industry, social movements, and independent research organisations. The current TASA Executive (November 2018 – November 2020) has a new Equity & Inclusion portfolio.

What we offer: TASA provides a range of opportunities for sociologists and all using sociological frameworks to collaborate in ways which enhance their professional development and engagement in intellectual and public life. Communication and information sharing are essential to our organisation. TASA events each year include an annual national conference, public lectures, seminars and workshops. The association also manages a series of publications, including the international peer-reviewed Journal of Sociology and Health Sociology Review. We produce Nexus, an engaging magazine-style newsletter for members, and host an e-list used for brief and rapid communication about relevant developments in policy and higher education. We encourage all TASA members to play an active role in all these forums, in whichever way they see fit.

Australian sociologists work across all areas of specialisation in the discipline and actively engage in, and in some cases lead, international debates in sociology. TASA has 27 active thematic groups in key specialisations within our discipline.  Joining and participating in thematic groups is a main benefit of being a TASA member.

If you are not already a member of TASA, I invite you to join our vibrant community of sociologists. If you are a member, I urge you to promote the benefits of membership to your colleagues!

AProf Dan Woodman
TASA President 


Jo Lindsay_Past President
Picture left is Jo Lindsay, a past TASA president. See the full list of Past Presidents of SAANZ/TASA 1963-present


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