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.

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  • 'The right to food' - and how 1.2 million Australians miss out

    Dr Alana Mann, a senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, is leading a research project at the Sydney Environment Institute examining the social-cultural dimensions of food security in the Sydney City LGA, where eight of the ten most densely populated and culturally diverse neighbourhoods in Australia are located. She also sits on the executive committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and is a member of the Right to Food Coalition.

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