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

  • ABC radio interview with Dr. Gil Merom on Gaza and Israeli Politics

    Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli name for the war in Gaza is over two weeks old. Before the ground invasion of Gaza, Netanyahu was forced to sack his deputy defence minister after Cabinet criticism of his military strategy. How does the Gaza war affect the political future of Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu?

  • Welcome Dr Aiko Wagner and Dr Marc Helbling

    The Sydney Democracy Network enjoys international linkages with with several institutions, including Germany's leading social science research institute, the WZB. One of the highlights of the linkage is the postdoctoral fellowship exchange. We are pleased to welcome the 2014 visiting postdoctoral fellows from Berlin, Dr Aiko Wagner and Dr Marc Helbling.

  • ARC's Future Fellowship Awarded to Associate Professor Benjamin Goldsmith

    “Global Challenges, Reluctant Publics? The Role of Public Opinion in International Cooperation on Crucial Global Issues.”

  • APSA 2014 Conference: Call for Paper and Panel Proposals

    The annual conference of the Australian Political Studies Association will meet from Sunday 28th September to Wednesday 1st October 2014 at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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