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21 January 2022

Should Indonesia relocate its capital?

Sydney experts comment on Indonesia's rapid-fire plan to move its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, Borneo by 2024.
19 January 2022

COVID-19 and schools: we're heading into a teacher shortage crisis

Associate Professor Rachel Wilson in Education and Dr Giuseppe Carabetta in Business argue for a long-term plan for recruiting and retaining teachers.
12 January 2022

Sydney researchers awarded ARC funding for 78 research projects

The University of Sydney has received more than $36 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund 78 research projects.
21 December 2021

Stories that challenged our thinking in 2021

Although COVID-19 again dominated the headlines this year, our people continued to test our preconceptions across a range of areas.
20 December 2021

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.
16 December 2021

New study on-the-job program for trainee teachers

Thanks to the New South Wales Department of Education, the University will trial a program that allows certain students to start teaching in a classroom within six months of starting their degree.
29 November 2021

Ivermectin could help save the endangered Australian sea lion

Australian sea lions - a national government conservation priority species - have new hope for survival, thanks to a successful University of Sydney trial of ivermectin to treat hookworm infection.
26 November 2021

New Julius Caesar looks at the consequences of failed politics

Dr Huw Griffiths, senior lecturer in English Literature, reflects on the retelling of history and political stories in a powerful new production of Julius Caesar.
25 November 2021

COVID-19 pandemic leaves permanent scar on retail workers

More than half of Australian retail workers experienced customer abuse during the pandemic, while nearly half felt their job became more insecure, landmark new research by the University of Sydney and the ANU finds.
24 November 2021

University to co-lead Connectivity Innovation Network

The NSW Government has announced that the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney will lead the establishment of the state's Connectivity Innovation Network.
19 November 2021

State government reforms needed to drain 'food swamps'

Despite much work on creating healthy food systems, local governments in New South Wales and Victoria struggle to prevent the sale and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks. A report led by Dr Belinda Reeve details the issues and offers suggestions for improvement.
15 November 2021

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.
13 November 2021

It's black and white

A new exhibition of some of the earliest photographs taken in the Pacific Islands aims to highlight the region's vulnerability to climate change.
09 November 2021

The know-how for our decarbonisation lies with universities

With increased investment and the right mix of industry and government support for university-developed solutions, Australia can emerge as a green export leader, write Professor Kim Rasmussen and Associate Professor Ben Thornber.
09 November 2021

Social sciences peak body welcomes four new Sydney faces

Professors Clinton Free, David Kinley, Frans Verstraten and Helen Watt join the esteemed national Academy that champions social science research.
04 November 2021

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.
02 November 2021

New technology gives smart cars 'x-ray'-like vision

Australian researchers have developed a technology that allows autonomous vehicles to track moving pedestrians hidden behind buildings and cyclists obscured by cars, trucks, and buses.
27 October 2021

What should we make of COP26?

What must world leaders do to secure the future of humanity? University of Sydney experts suggest the existential threat of climate change won't be solved by targets of 'net zero by 2050' - much more must be done.
22 October 2021

What you need to know about women's economic abuse

Economic abuse cuts across cultural, age and socio-economic boundaries. But Australia still has a long way to go in understanding the complexity and depth of the problem, particularly for women.

18 October 2021

Australia needs a 'mental wealth' lens on post-COVID recovery

A multidisciplinary research initiative at the University of Sydney brings together academics, industry experts, policymakers, and community representatives to capitalise on the nation's cognitive and emotional resources to reimagine the economic and social future of Australia.