Sydney Democracy Network

Based at the University of Sydney, SDN is a new initiative preoccupied with the new, exciting and dangerous political trends of our times. The researchers, lecturers, activists, journalists and policy makers associated with SDN come from different walks of life and have a diverse range of interests, but they all see themselves as concerned citizens sharing the same goal: to rethink, strengthen and transform the ideals and practices of democracy. Guided by a strong sense of context and history, they see democracy as both a form of government and a way of life committed to greater equality and the practical refusal of publicly unaccountable power.

SDN supports enquiries into a rich variety of subjects, including networked politics, online mobilisation and the future of journalism in a media-saturated world; global public disaffection with representative government; political ethics; surveillance technologies; the gendering of politics; democratic deficits within cross-border governing institutions; and environmental movements, corporate power and the fate of our biosphere Read more...

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  • APPLICATIONS OPEN | 2017 FASS/WZB exchange

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney enjoys an international linkage with Germany’s leading social science research institute, the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Centre. In addition to the mutual transfer of scientific materials and publications, the institutions work together in collaborative teaching, training, research staff and student exchanges.

    In 2016, Professor Michael Humphrey and doctoral students Max Groemping, Hugh Tuckfield and Adele Webb from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will visit WZB. Dr Paula Protsch from the WZB research unit Skill Formation and Labor Markets and Kerstin Schneider, Press Officer from the WZB will also visit the University of Sydney.

  • Festival of Democracy 2016 audiovisual archive

    Watch and listen to this year's talks and debates on the new, challenging and dangerous political trends facing all democracies today. Festival of Democracy tackles pressing democratic questions including why race is still an easily ignitable issue, how to understand the global rise of populism and 'where to now' for our democracies in the context of global economic and political developments.

    Hosted by the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of SYdney, the Festival is open toall, and there's something for everybody. For more information about individual events and the full program, please visit: