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Research with impact

Creative collaborations for lasting policy change
We have transformed research collaboration – opening up space to people from all walks of life to join together in order to tackle policy challenges alongside University researchers.

The Sydney Policy Lab is at the forefront of combating local and global policy challenges – from inequality to the future of democratic politics. We innovate­­­­­, discover and test solutions in a non-partisan space.

Change doesn’t come from conventional methods, which is why we aim to create unconventional collaborations. We build dynamic and creative partnerships between policy specialists, advocates, organisers and influencers from all backgrounds across the community – connecting them with the University of Sydney’s brightest researchers.

The Sydney Policy Lab believes that by connecting researchers with practitioners, we can generate lasting policy change that benefits people in our city, our country and our world.

Our research is currently focused on three thematic priorities – belonging, equality and power and is conducted in an experimental, non-partisan space. This ensures that our work is robust and independent. Find out more about our current research.

To inspire transformational change, we offer generous grants and partnerships to University researchers and others who are involved in social change.

Director of the Sydney Policy Lab

Professor Marc Stears
Professor Marc Stears
“The University of Sydney is one of the world’s greatest research universities. The Sydney Policy Lab’s job is to ensure that the brilliant ideas its researchers generate can help bring real policy change to Australia and the world.”
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Facts & figures

Our story in short

  • 60+ engaged researchers
  • 176 external groups collaborate with us
  • 29 collaborative research projects
  • 6000+ event attendees and subscribers