The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is one of the most prestigious centres for research in the social sciences in Australasia, according to world university rankings based on high performance indicators such as academic research, teaching, and reputation. The Social Sciences at the University of Sydney are ranked first place in Australasia and within the top 24 Universities globally by the highly respected Best Global Universities Rankings. Overall, the University is ranked at 45 in the world.

The Social Sciences at the University is ranked within the world’s top 35 Universities and the University is ranked at 60 globally by the Times Higher Education World Rankings. Under the QS World University Rankings the University is ranked third for the Oceanic region, and Politics and International Studies are ranked at 24 globally. We remain within the top ten universities in the Australasian region in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

SSPS is home to many highly regarded scholars in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Social Policy, Political Economy, Government and International Relations, Graduate School of Government, International Security Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. We have a large and vibrant community of research students who enjoy excellent facilities for research at Sydney, including state of the art workspace in the faculty and one of the largest research collections in the southern hemisphere.

As regards the strengths of the individual disciplines in SSPS, Anthropology is renowned for work in the anthropology of the Asia-Pacific region (particularly Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander anthropology) and comparative cultural anthropologies. Government has strengths in comparative politics, Australian politics, public policy, international relations and political theory. Staff in Graduate School of Government offer research expertise in various areas of public administration. This includes public budgeting, expenditure management, federalism, public sector management, strategic government, international and cross-national public and social policy, international NGOs , public management and governance of employment and human services. Sociology’s strengths lie in socio-legal studies, the sociology of science, health and the body, cultural studies, and the sociology of gender and identity. Political Economy is internationally recognised for its critical analysis of a wide range of international and Australian economic phenomena which are informed by heterodox schools of thought, such as post-Keynesian economics, institutional economics, Marxism, evolutionary and feminist economics. Peace and conflict studies focuses on the role and function of peace journalism, peace building and processes of reconciliation and transitional justice (with a regional focus on Asia/Pacific). Further details on these areas of research can be found on the webpages of the respective departments and programmes.

The School is also home to a number of emerging collaborative networks and groupings. They include: the Biopolitics of Science Research Network and the Social Transformation and International Migration initiative.

SSPS is the editorial home for a number of key scholarly journals. These include Oceania, an A-ranked fully refereed journal that publishes contributions in the field of cultural and social anthropology with a focus on Australia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. It also includes the Journal of Australian Political Economy based in Political Economy and International Sociology, the official journal of the International Sociological Association.

SSPS hosts a large number of seminars, workshops and conferences each year. Full details can be found on the Colloquium and Seminar Series page and on the departmental websites.

For further information about research in the School please contact the Research Support Officer:

Ms Priya Shaw
School of Social and Political Sciences
Room 144, Mills Building A26
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Phone: 61 2 9036 5422