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

  • Two years to SOAR documentary

    New USYD documentary series following five up-and-coming research stars features our very own health security expert A/Prof Adam Kamradt-Scott, and political scientist A/Prof Anika Gauja!

    Adam will be looking at how governments deal with disease outbreaks and pandemics, while Anika will be investigating why our political parties don't operate in the way that we want and need them to.

  • Festival of Democracy 2017

    The Festival of Democracy 2017 will be starting on 13 September. This three-day festival has a series of events covering topics of Kidnapped democracyThe truth of post truth, Authoritarianism, Broken news, Rethinking territory, and The origin and extinction of species. For more information and register, visit here

  • Abstracts submission for SSPS HDR Research Day 2017

    The annual conference for SSPS higher degree by research (HDR) students is happening on 15 September 2017. The School is calling for abstract submissions for students who are interested to present a paper or part of their thesis. Deadline is Friday 18 August 2017.

  • Cyber 9/12 student challenge

    In the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, student teams tackle a major – fictional but realistic – cyber attack and develop policy recommendations that respond to this evolving crisis. The competition is designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber conflict, as well as a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and senior professionals in cyber security. Register now!

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