Welcome to UniSA Justice & Society

The key to understanding the world around us is asking why. At the University of South Australia, curiosity drives us to investigate the motivations and consequences of human behaviour.  

UniSA Justice & Society combines complementary disciplines that target areas of critical social need, including psychology, law, social work, human services, arts, and Aboriginal and Australian studies.

Our multidisciplinary research explores the connections between these areas, with a focus on transformative solutions. Our relationships with industry and government bodies lead to improved public policy, community development, and social and economic outcomes.  

Meaningful learning and engagement is fundamental to future success. UniSA students connect directly with members of the community through our Legal Advice and Psychology Clinics, applying critical thought and reasoning to genuine cases.  

Whether in the lab or in the field, UniSA Justice & Society is innovating for change, leading the way in analysis, communication and advocacy to target the rapidly evolving needs of the contemporary world. 

Read on to find out more about UniSA Justice & Society.



2022 THE Subject Rankings



Ranked equal 10th, ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.



ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-20 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Career and study areas

Research and industry

At the University of South Australia, our world-class research is helping to improve the way we live, work, think and grow. Our research is inventive and adventurous, and we create new knowledge that is central to global, economic, and social prosperity. We are taking on the challenges of tomorrow, delivering innovative and sustainable solutions that respond to the most pressing needs of our world today.

Executive Education and short courses

Whether you want to learn new skills, update your qualifications, or undertake professional development training, UniSA’s Executive Education and short courses can rapidly further your knowledge and grow your business.

World-class partners

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

What's new at UniSA Justice & Society


Community engagement

  • Legal Advice Clinic minus-thick plus-thick

    Legal Advice ClinicThe UniSA Legal Advice Clinic provides advice on a range of law matters including criminal, family, tenancy, and debt claims. Law students offer free and confidential legal advice while closely supervised by qualified legal practitioners.


  • Psychology Clinic minus-thick plus-thick

    Psychology ClinicUniSA’s Psychology Clinic provides high-quality, affordable psychological services to children and adults in the general community. Therapeutic services are provided by postgraduate clinical psychology students under the supervision of fully qualified professionals.


  • The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre minus-thick plus-thick

    The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial CentreThe Hawke Centre is a community-focused centre devoted to generating ideas and solutions to achieve cohesive, sustainable societies. The Hawke Centre engages with local and international communities through public learning activities including lectures, seminars, and research projects. 


  • Kerry Packer Civic Gallery minus-thick plus-thick

    Kerry Packer Civic GalleryPart of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA, the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery hosts a range of public exhibitions that reflect the themes and ideals of the Hawke Centre. The Gallery can be hired for events and functions.  


  • UniSA Sport and Fitness Facilities minus-thick plus-thick

    UniSA Sport and Fitness FacilitiesWith gym, pool and indoor court facilities spread across our four metropolitan campuses, UniSA offers a range of affordable and convenient fitness activities. Casual visits and memberships are open to the general public, as well as to UniSA students and staff.  


Connect with UniSA Justice & Society

Discover our local and international partnerships, thriving alumni community, and enterprising connections.

People at UniSA Justice & Society


Paula Geldens
Executive Dean, Justice and Society, UniSA Justice & Society
H2-24, Magill Campus
Deirdre Tedmanson
Dean of Programs (Justice & Society), UniSA Justice & Society
LB1-03, City West Campus
Jill Dorrian
Dean of Research, UniSA Justice & Society
C1-82, Magill Campus
Ben Raw
General Manager, UniSA Justice & Society
H2-23, Magill Campus

Contact UniSA Justice & Society

UniSA Justice & Society

Location Level 2 Amy Wheaton building, Magill campus