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

  • $28m funding investment for new University of Sydney research

    Congratulations to Melinda Cooper for her successful Discovery Project application looking at political critiques of deficit spending and public debt.

    Congratulations to Linda Connor, Stuart Rosewarne, Gareth Bryant and Rebecca Pearse as part of a successful Discovery Project team that are employing an ethnographic approach to investigate the legitimacy of renewable energy transition across Germany, India and Australia.
    Congratulations to John Mikler and Ainsley Elbra, who join a team of University of Tasmania colleagues on a successful Discovery Project application that aims to analyse the factors which influence the tax strategies of large multi-national corporations and improve the efficacy of international tax regimes.

  • Associate Professor Lynne Chester received funding under the University's industry and community engagement seed fund

    Congratulations to Associate Professor Lynne Chester who has been awarded funding for her project 'Affordable energy solutions for low-income households'!

  • Ethical Community Engagement Workshops

    The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan aims to transform the curriculum to create more interactive, collaborative and engaged learning experiences for students. The value of community engaged learning for students can be significant, enabling them to test theoretical knowledge in the real world, develop skills and networks for future careers. Read more here.

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