Department of Government and International Relations

Welcome to the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. We are a comprehensive political science department, with particular expertise in International Relations, International Security, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics, Public Policy and Political Theory. Our missions are to:

  • Produce world class research which continually advances the intellectual boundaries of the discipline and develops our understanding of real world political phenomena.
  • Deliver high quality teaching and research programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which are both intellectually and vocationally relevant.
  • Develop mutually beneficial links with our many professional, research and educational communities.
  • Establish the Department as the premier political science department in Australia, and one of the leading political science departments in the region and the world.

We are also engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary projects, including human rights, democratization, public policy, environment and climate change, immigration policy and law, electoral integrity, and China studies.

We have recently merged with the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), which produces innovative, multidisciplinary academic research and education programs focusing on international security and foreign policy issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region

The most recent Jiao Tong World University Rankings (August 2011) ranked the University of Sydney 18th for politics and international relations, in the top 10 percent worldwide.

This website provides information about our people, courses, and publications.

Latest News

  • Departmental history captured in new book

    The almost century-long history of the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations is the focus of a unique new book by Honorary Associate Professor Michael Hogan.


  • CISS Visiting Fellow Rebecca Adler-Nissen receives the Nils Klim Award

    Rebecca Adler-Nissen is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. She received the Nils Klim Prize for excellent research within the social sciences. The Nils Klim Prize is an annual prize, which is awarded to promising scholars under the age of 35. Adler-Nissen’s research primarily revolves around international political sociology, sovereignty and diplomacy. She is currently involved in research projects on images in international security, status and stigma. 

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