The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is one of the most prestigious centres for research in the social sciences in Australasia. Social science at Sydney is currently rated in the world’s top 30 in the current Times Higher Education World University Rankings. We are ranked third in Australia and remain in the top ten universities in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2010 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings of Universities, regarded as the most reliable indicator for research excellence available.
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, the Human Rights and Democratisation initiative, the Markets and Society 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 Australian Journal of Political Economy based in Political Economy. The world ranked European Journal of International Relations moves to SSPS with the arrival of Prof Colin Wight in 2011 as does 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 News and Events page and on the departmental websites.
For further information about research in the School please contact the Research Support Officer:
Ms Emma Lees
School of Social and Political Sciences
Room 144, Mills Building A26
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Sydney
Phone: 61 2 9036 5422