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

  • 'Jobs and growth' focus ignores society’s most vulnerable, warns pre-election audit

    Ahead of the Federal Election, a group of leading academics (including SSPS' Prof Danielle Celermajer) have released a new audit questioning what the Coalition, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Australian Greens are doing to address poverty in Australia and beyond.

  • How can we make sense of the Orlando shooting?

    As the world mourns the tragic loss of 50 lives, how can we answer the questions around homophobia and mental health raised by the Orlando shooting? Dr Christopher Neff appeared on ABC’s The Drum to discuss the complex debate.

  • Taking the poverty out of 'food poverty'

    According to recent reports, 1.2 million Australians regularly struggle to put good, healthy food on the table. In his latest article for the SSPS Review, Luke Craven looks at the important of how we frame social problems, and the way in which this shapes how policymakers and the public at large perceive its causes and consequences.

  • Master of Political Economy

    Where can a Master of Political Economy take you? Meet Felicity, she runs the Labour Environment Action Network, and has played a key role in stopping Hinchinbrook from being overdeveloped, as well as helping Australia deliver its Kyoto Protocol.

  • Patricia Garcia awarded Officer of the Order of Australia

    Congratulations to CPACS Visiting Scholar Patricia Garcia who has been awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for her extensive humanitarian work.