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Our researchers are at the forefront of meaningful research, examining the way we think, learn and live. Explore some research highlights from across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Connecting foster kids to Country from home
Associate Professor Lynette Riley from the University of Sydney co-created Wiradjuri language workbooks for Indigenous children in permanent foster care, to help connect them with their culture.
Hot housing market puts renters off having more kids
Based on data from a nearly 20-year period, University of Sydney research shows Australian renters are less likely to want and have more children when the property market booms. The opposite is true for home owners.
Facebook and the Metaverse: should we be worried about privacy?
Facebook has announced a name change for its holding company at its annual conference to reposition itself as more than a social media company. But what does it mean for user privacy?
Climate change a greater risk for Indigenous families
Without urgent change, housing in regional and remote areas of Australia will become inhospitable for many Indigenous families, forcing a climate migration.
Queerness as a source of resilience for Pacific LGBTIQ+ community
A new paper outlines Pacific peoples' rich and diverse history with sexual differences and how Western religion introduced shame and homophobia. Now the Pacific LGBTIQ+ community is reclaiming queerness on its own terms.
Sydney archaeologist helps reveal oldest human burial in Africa
Dating to 78,000 years ago, the bones of a child were found by a team of archaeologists in Panga ya Saidi, a cave site on the Kenyan coast. It is considered the oldest human burial in Africa.
How to predict a stock market bubble in real-time
A new method for identifying financial bubbles could help policymakers avert catastrophes like the burst of the 2007 housing bubble in the US. It is also applicable to traders, as it garners over 3 percent extra profit compared to a 'buy and hold' share investment strategy.
Repatriation: bringing remains home to Vanuatu
After discovering human remains in the caves of Futuna in 1964, archaeologists shipped them to the USA for further analysis. But when the analysis never happened, they sat in storage for years. Until Dr James Flexner and colleagues set about returning them home.
Finger tracing enhances learning: evidence for 100-year-old practice
A practice used by education pioneer Montessori in the early 1900s has received further validation, with studies showing that finger tracing makes learning easier and more motivating. Imagining an object after tracing it can generate even faster learning, for children and adults alike.
Could counselling for footballers change off-field behaviour?
Chair of Social Work Professor Jioji Ravulo has spent eight years counselling rugby league players about their off-field behaviours. In a new paper, he shares insights into supporting the mental health of elite athletes under pressure.
Is the bench spying on you? 'Smart' street furniture, analysed
WiFi-enabled furniture - like benches, kiosks, and bus stops - that collects and generates data, is arriving in Australia. Three University of Sydney researchers analysed the risks and rewards this development entails.
Xi Jinping puts his stamp on Communist Party history
David Goodman, professor of Chinese politics and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, reflects on the key aspects from the Chinese Communist Party's sixth plenary in Beijing.
Being Anglo-Saxon a matter of language and culture, not genetics
A new study from archaeologists at University of Sydney and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, has provided important new evidence to answer the question: Who exactly were the Anglo-Saxons?
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