University Affiliations

The Department of Government and International Relations has strong ties with a number of departments, centres and programmes across the University of Sydney. Below is a listing of some our university partners.

The Centre for International Security Studies

The Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) was established in July 2006 in conjunction with the Michael Hintze Chair of International Security. The Centre produces innovative, multidisciplinary academic research and education programs focussing on international security and foreign policy issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.


 Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching on the causes of conflict and the conditions that affect conflict resolution and peace. Research projects and other activities focus on the resolution of conflict with a view to attaining just societies.


The China Studies Centre

The University of Sydney China Studies Centre started operations in January 2011. It was established to provide coordination and direction to the study of China and Chinese culture at the University. Professor of Chinese Politics David Goodman serves as acting director for the center.


The Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers one of the most comprehensive and distinguished Philosophy programs in the Asia-Pacific region. The research and teaching interests of staff cover the important areas of philosophy in both the Anglo-American analytic tradition and Continental philosophy.


Department of Political Economy

Political Economy at the University of Sydney is taught by the largest grouping of political economists at any Australian university. It offers the most developed and integrated undergraduate and graduate courses and is recognised as a leading centre of economic analysis and research.


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The mission of the The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is to engage in research and teaching across the breadth of the humanities and social sciences that makes a difference to the lives of our students, staff and the wider world.


 Graduate School of Government

The University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government (GSG) aims to promote excellence and innovation in public administration. Established in 2003 the GSG seeks to involve local, state and federal government as well as the community sector in its courses and programs.


Human Rights and Democracy Initiative

The University of Sydney, in conjunction with Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal), Mahidol University (Thailand) and the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), is now offering Asia Pacific’s premier regional degree in human rights and democratisation. Uniquely, this degree offers students the opportunity to study both at the internationally renowned University of Sydney and one of four selected universities in the Asia Pacific with particular expertise in human rights and democratisation.


School of Social and Political Sciences

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), created in 2008, is the fastest growing and most dynamic centre of its kind in Australasia.


The Sydney Democratic Initiative

The Sydney Democracy Initiative (SDI) is a major new venture at the University of Sydney. It was launched in early 2011 and aims to develop pioneering research, postgraduate training and public outreach initiatives that will have a long-term positive impact on academic and public life in Australia and the wider Asia and Pacific region.


 The United States Studies Centre

The mission of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is to increase understanding of the United States in Australia.