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19 January 2023

Performing Nazism: Why would you wear the Holocaust like a costume?

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Dr Benjamin Nickl, in the School of Languages and Cultures, explores the use of Nazi uniforms in popular culture. He argues that Nazi costumes can wear out our moral responsibility.
13 January 2023

Iran executions and the role of 'revolutionary courts'

Professor Simon Rice from Sydney Law School explains the role of Iran's 'revolutionary courts' in the suppression of widespread protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody in September 2022.
20 December 2022

Unpacking late capitalism

David Elias Aviles Espinoza, PhD candidate in Political Economy, explores the origins of the term 'late capitalism' - a buzzword often used on social media to explain the absurdity of some free market economies.
22 November 2022

Ali Abbas announced as Australia's first Chief Circular Engineer

Professor Ali Abbas from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will work with Circular Australia to accelerate action towards an Australian circular economy by 2030.
21 November 2022

Terminating enterprise agreement can unfairly benefit employers

Most terminations of enterprise agreements are not contentious, but the ability to do so still unfairly benefits some employers, according to new research from the University of Sydney Business School.
21 November 2022

Rapid R&D scaling could put Australia at forefront of net zero

The conference will focus on areas of decarbonisation, such as carbon capture and conversion, creating circular economies, how communities can end the climate wars, and how waste can be transformed into energy and materials.
17 November 2022

Education Minister delivers inaugural Bradley Oration

Last night the Federal Minister for Education, Hon. Jason Clare MP, unveiled the membership and terms of reference for the Australian Universities Accord and committed to a new era of collaboration and reform.
10 November 2022

Uluru Statement from the Heart wins 21-22 Sydney Peace Prize

A push for First Nations recognition in the Constitution has been awarded Australia's only international prize for peace - the Sydney Peace Prize.
09 November 2022

Disability complaints processes need major overhaul

A new report commissioned by the Disability Royal Commission calls for an overhaul of Australia's complaint mechanism processes to better protect people with disability.
07 November 2022

A technologically advanced society is choosing to destroy itself

Professor Christopher Wright from the Business School examines how we reached the point that inaction seems inevitable in the face of disaster.
01 November 2022

International evidence backs multi-employer bargaining

Associate Professor Chris F Wright and Emeritus Professor Russell Lansbury from the Business School explore the claims and reality of multi-employer bargaining.
28 October 2022

Socceroos and Diamonds protest ‘sportswashing’: experts weigh in

Australia's soccer and netball teams have dominated headlines this week for their political stances, drawing support and criticism from University of Sydney experts.
27 October 2022

Scientists warn of Earth's unequivocal climate emergency

Earth's vital signs have deteriorated to the point humanity is "unequivocally" facing a climate emergency, an international coalition of researchers warns in a report published today.

13 October 2022

Doctor of Business awarded to former NSW Premier

The Honourable Mike Baird AO, former Premier of NSW, was yesterday admitted to the degree of Doctor of Business (honoris causa) for his outstanding contribution in the fields of government, business and the not-for-profit sector.
07 October 2022

Approaches to advocacy key to addressing access

A new research partnership between the University of Sydney and People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has found effective approaches to advocacy are key to overcoming significant barriers to NDIS access experienced by people with psychosocial disability living in institutional facilities.
05 October 2022

Conspiracy theories thrive on YouTube, new study

A new study by social media researchers at the University of Sydney and QUT has found conspiracy theories are thriving on YouTube despite the platform's efforts to harden posting rules and guidelines.
27 September 2022

Khmer Rouge trial in Cambodia comes to an end. What now?

Dr Rosemary Grey and Dr Rachel Killean from the Law School explain the final verdict of the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia that rejected the genocide appeal by Khieu Samphan, aged 91.
26 September 2022

Majority of Gen Z unaware of how meat consumption impacts climate

A survey of young Australians by a University of Sydney researcher found that while the majority believe climate change is anthropogenic - caused by humans - fewer than half understand the impact of livestock and meat consumption.
09 September 2022

Barangaroo is a masterclass in planning as deal-making

Professor Dallas Rogers and Associate Professor Cameron Logan from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning examine how the redevelopment of the Barangaroo precinct on Sydney Harbour is a "world-leading example of unsolicited urbanism".
05 September 2022

India visit to strengthen research and education partnerships

The Vice-Chancellor's week-long trip highlights India's vital importance to the University and to higher education in Australia.