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Social sciences

​​ABARES Social Sciences provides high quality social research and analysis to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Australia's agricultural, fishing, food, and forestry industries, the quality of the Australian environment, and to achieve stronger rural and regional communities.

The Social Sciences team undertakes applied social research and analysis to support the strategic goals of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, other government agencies, research and development corporations, and industry bodies. The team contributes specialist advice to sectoral committees (Marine Pest Sectoral Committee) and provides social science expert advice and support to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporations’ Steering Committee through the Social Sciences and Economics Research Coordination Program (SSERCP) 2015-2018.

Key projects in 2016-17

Our key projects and clients in 2016-17 include:

  • Monitoring landholder pest and weed management practices (Biosecurity Policy and Response Division, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
  • Recreational vessel biofouling management practices – national survey (Animal Biosecurity, Aquatics & Marine Pests, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources)
  • Seasonal Worker Programme labour productivity study (World Bank)


Further research

For more ABARES research on social science issues, visit our publications area for a general listing of publications with social sciences content.

Last reviewed:
03 Jul 2017