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Past stories

13 December 2018

Professor Marc Stears on the Drum

On 13 December, Professor Marc Stears participated in a panel on ABC’s The Drum to discuss the state of Brexit, the integrity commission and religious freedom.
11 December 2018

Fellowships awarded to outstanding early-career researchers

After an international search, 10 Fellowships have been awarded to outstanding postdocs to conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research at the University of Sydney.
23 November 2018

Greater flexibility at work has been good for business

Sydney Policy Lab fellow, Troy Roderick was profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald about his new study from the University’s Sydney Policy Lab that found flexible working arrangements for all staff led to better productivity, revenue and morale.
23 November 2018

Professor Marc Stears on ABC Breakfast

On 23 November 2018, Director of the Sydney Policy Lab, Professor Marc Stears appeared on ABC News Breakfast to discuss the options facing the UK after British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a deal with the European Union on Brexit.
16 November 2018

What is the future of data security in Australia?

The University of Sydney has been invited to collaborate with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet utilising the expertise of its researchers for the development of the government's new data sharing policy
14 November 2018

Marc Stears on The Drum

On 14 November, Professor Marc Stears participated in a panel on ABC's The Drum to discuss the call for a carbon price, the merit of the war on plastic, sexual harassment allegations in the Greens and Brexit.
09 November 2018

Don’t give up on politics. It’s where the fight for the fair go must be won

Professor Marc Stears wrote an op-ed in The Conversation about the inaction on inequality and the inherent problem in our politics.
25 October 2018

Working to reclaim and rebuild our food systems from the ground up

Affiliated Researcher, Dr Alana Mann wrote an op-ed in The Conversation with Sydney Policy Lab visiting member Eric Holt-Giménez about reclaiming a food system that has effectively been corporatised.
25 October 2018

The state of Australian democracy

Listen to Director of the Sydney Policy Lab, Professor Marc Stears', interview on ABC Radio National in a discussion about the the state of Australian democracy.
09 October 2018

Why the creeping sell-off of public space for private ads is so wrong

Sydney Policy Lab Research Lead, Professor Kurt Ivison, wrote an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald about the selling off of public space.
08 October 2018

How Australia can change democracy

Internationally, disenchantment in democracy is on the rise. Why? And what can we each do individually to save democracy, not just in Australia – but globally?
02 October 2018

Scott Morrison's 'daggy dad' act is driven by a total collapse of faith in politics

Australia has a chance to lead the world if millions more citizens were given responsibility for day-to-day decisions writes Director of the Sydney Policy Lab, Professor Marc Stears in The Guardian.
06 March 2018

Sydney Policy Lab fellows combine theory and practice

Gender equality, valuing the benefits of infrastructure projects and online dispute resolution are among the policy issues being tackled by the University of Sydney's inaugural Sydney Policy Lab fellows.
04 April 2018

First Sydney Policy Lab director announced

Political theorist, advisor and public policy expert Professor Marc Stears will take the reins at the University of Sydney's Sydney Policy Lab.
17 August 2017

A policy powerhouse launches at University of Sydney

The University of Sydney has launched the Sydney Policy Lab with 14 projects aimed at addressing vital Australian and international policy issues.