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, the social sciences 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, political economy, and public administration. 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

  • The Geneva Challenge – an international competition for postgraduate students

    The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis among Master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic. This year, students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “the challenges of climate change.”

  • UN Australian youth representative consultation report

    What would society look like if we saw our young people as a product of their values, experiences, knowledge, creativity, and not just of their age? Government and International Relations student and 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the UN, Paige Burton, has travelled 100,000 km and interviewed thousands of young Australians to find out what they wish their representatives knew, and considered about them, when making policy. Read the report

  • USyd writers wanted for new Sydney Environment Institute student blog series

    A great opportunity for budding writers who want to contribute to the current debate on the most pressing environmental issues; from climate change to human/non-human relations, environment and culture, sustainability, food security, and climate justice.

  • 'When there's friction we're very frank'

    Alex Houseman and Eleanor Nurse met while completing their honours in Political Economy, and have gone on to create a a successful dairy-free ice cream business, Over The Moo. They spoke with Sydney Morning Herald about the challenges and rewards of starting a business and keeping a balanced working relationship. Read more.

  • A new critique of neoliberal reason

    Since the financial crisis of 2007/2008 movements like Occupy Wall Street have produced a degree of popular engagement with questions about finance, that hasn't been seen since the late 19th century. In his latest book, Capital and Time, A/Prof Martijn Konings explains why in this new context it's important to get our critique of the financial system right.