School of Social and Political Sciences

The School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney is home to the key social science disciplines, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, ‘Studies in Human Society’ at the University of Sydney was rated as 5/5 - higher than any other university in New South Wales and equal top in Australia with ANU and UQ.

Our 100 staff and 174 postgraduate research students conduct research and teaching across a vast range of topics across politics, government and international relations, peace and conflict studies, sociology and social policy, anthropology, security studies, and political economy. With a shortly to be completed state-of-the-art social sciences building, world class library holdings and global leaders across key areas of contemporary relevance, the School of Social and Political Sciences is the premier environment for social science research and teaching.


Latest News

  • American economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz wins 2018 Sydney Peace Prize

    Nobel Prize winning American economist Joseph Stiglitz will receive the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of  contribution to tackling the global inequality crisis. The former economic adviser to the Clinton administration and Chief Economist at the World Bank will come to Sydney to deliver the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture at the Sydney Town Hall on November 15. More

  • New publication | Double Disillusion

    Co-edited by A/Prof Anika Gauja and Dr Peter Chen and featuring the work of over 40 political scientists and policy experts, Double Disillusion covers the context, key battles and issues in 2016 Federal election, and reports and analyses the results in detail. It also provides an evaluation of the role of political actors such as the parties, independents, the media, interest groups and GetUp!, and examines election debate in the online space. More

  • Progress in Political Economy blog wins Special Achievement award

    Progress in Political Economy (PPE) blog awarded the 2018 Special Achievements in International Studies Online Media prize, by the Online Media Caucus of the esteemed International Studies Association (ISA). More

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