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16 Jan 2017

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) acknowledges that the current draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap goes a long way in recognising the developments in humanities and social sciences research and its contribution to a national research and innovation...


30 Oct 2016

This book has been published on behalf of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

CHASS promotes and supports the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) in Australia, and represents an important networking forum for teachers, researchers, pro- fessionals, practitioners and policy...



23 Aug 2016

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) rejected claims in the media yesterday questioning the merits of funding of research projects and challenging the integrity of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

“Academics in Australian universities conduct research that is...

Discussion paper


25 Jul 2016

The Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) disciplines account for 65% of all Australian higher education enrolments, and have major roles to play in driving innovation, fairness and excellence. DASSH’s response to this consultation paper is informed by our recognition that sustaining a high quality...

Blog post

27 Nov 2015

Specialist scholarly books, or monographs, are a vital form of publication for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) scholars globally. However, library spending on books hasn’t kept pace with growth in the number of researchers required to publish a book in order to secure tenure and...

Research report

15 Oct 2015

This report sheds light on the expertise required to support a robust and sustainable digital scholarship (DS) program.

It focuses first on defining and describing the key domain knowledge, skills, competencies, and mindsets at some of the world’s most prominent digital scholarship programs. It...

Audio presentation


24 Sep 2015

On 24 September 2015 Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner FAHA and Dr Kylie Brass presented a paper at the Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) annual conference in Adelaide on the work of the Mapping HASS report one year on. Audio and powerpoint...

Case studies

17 Sep 2015

Australia’s humanities scholars contribute to the vitality and wellbeing of the nation in a multitude of ways.

Research in disciplines such as history, philosophy, archaeology, literature, linguistics and the classics seeks to illuminate the human condition as well as to bring imagination and excitement...

Audio presentation

15 Sep 2015

Digital Humanities: It’s the coming together of digital computing technology and human cultural artefacts. This academic discipline embraces a variety of topics, from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Willard McCarty from King’s College London explains two specific features of digital...


21 Nov 2014

The social sciences and humanities are indispensable to understanding and addressing contemporary global challenges and to grasping emerging opportunities. Every challenge the world faces has a human dimension, and no solution can be achieved without enlisting the support and efforts of individuals, communities and societies....

Discussion paper

29 Oct 2014


As a key, business-focused element of the Economic Action Strategy, the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda brings together and builds on the Government’s other economic reform efforts to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities.

Through the Competitiveness Agenda,...

Research report

28 Oct 2014

The Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia report charts Australia’s current capabilities in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and identifies gaps and opportunities for the future by developing a comprehensive understanding of student enrolment trends, and teaching and research activity...


18 Jun 2014

This toolkit will help administrators create a coherent institutional strategy for supporting digital humanities activities and the valuable outputs that they generate.

In addition this tooklit will help to:

Understand all of the stages in the digital lifecycle of a project, from project...

Research report

31 May 2014

This report responds to the request by the Danish eInfrastructure Cooperation (DeIC), in partnership with Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF), for a document to provide an overview of best practices for research data management.

Research report

15 Jul 2013

Higher education is historically rooted in a model of learning based in the Humanities in which literate, critical, and communication skills are a recognised public good. These skills and the public values they serve – such as the capacity for making informed choices, for evaluating...

Research report

11 Jun 2013

The Heart of the Matter identifies three overarching goals: 1) to educate Americans in the knowledge, skills, and understanding they will need to thrive in a twenty-first-century democracy; 2) to foster a society that is innovative, competitive, and strong; and 3) to equip the...

Research report

15 Sep 2012

A national scoping study investigating the nature and roles of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Australia was conducted in 2007. Reports highlighting key findings and a series of datasets designed to provide benchmarking data were made available in 2008 (see: ">>). In 2011, DASSH...


1 Nov 2010

This booklet illustrates how research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, nurtured and led by Britain’s world-class universities, contribute to the cultural, social and economic health, wealth and reputation of the UK. It shows the public value of the country’s investment in these...

Audio presentation

20 Sep 2010

What do the arts, humanities and social sciences do for the UK? Are they a luxury we can no longer afford? Has the university sector grown too big? Are only science and engineering vital to our economy?

In an attempt to answer these questions,...