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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.
16 September 2022

Early career researchers awarded $9.5m funding

The University of Sydney has received funding for 22 research projects through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.
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.
31 August 2022

Fixing Australia's teacher shortage

Professor Anthony Welch from the School of Education and Social Work examines whether bringing in more teachers from overseas, as proposed by politicians, will really fix Australia's "unprecedented" teacher shortage.
29 August 2022

Historic $478m investment to change Australian healthcare forever

The University of Sydney today announced its largest ever capital investment, a landmark $478 million to build a nation-leading biomedical precinct to fast track research and patient care in New South Wales.
26 August 2022

Is productivity really a magical fix?

With productivity set to be the dominant theme of Labor's upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit, Honorary Professor of Political Economy, Jim Stanford, questions whether our "uncritical obsession" with productivity distracts us from the deeper problems Australia must solve in order to make economic and social progress.
19 August 2022

Climate threat to food supply chains creates 'domino effect'

New modelling by a multidisciplinary team of researchers shows the impact climate change and extreme weather events could have on food supply chains, with adverse effects on income, food and nutrient availability.
15 August 2022

Research leadership lauded in global rankings

The University of Sydney has continued its rise in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the third straight year, placing 60 in the world.
31 July 2022

Collateral damage of immigration detention: new research

Australia's policy of indefinite mandatory detention is harming detainees' friends, family and supporters, according to a new study by the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies (SCHS) at The University of Sydney.

25 July 2022

Call for targeted measures to address pandemic's impact on young people

A high-powered taskforce led by the Sydney Policy Lab has called for the the federal government to introduce active measures to drive a 'generational catch-up' for young people, who have been disproportionately disadvantaged from the COVID-19 pandemic response.
19 July 2022

State of the Environment: report findings

The number of Australia's threatened species rose eight percent since 2016 and climate change is increasing pressure on every ecosystem. These are among the findings of Australia's highly anticipated 2021 State of Environment report, released today by the federal government.
18 July 2022

That lone, craggy gum tree on a farm? It's a lifeline for koalas

Certain Eucalyptus trees on farms have added nitrogen due to the fertile soil. Despite dangers, koalas will travel from bushland to reach these trees and feed on their nutritious leaves. Farmers should pay heed to this, the University of Sydney researchers say.
15 July 2022

Sri Lanka is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis

Dr Niro Kandasamy, lecturer in History at University of Sydney, says Sri Lanka's crisis is not just about the economy, but a long history of discrimination against minority groups.
12 July 2022

What is foot-and-mouth disease?

Veterinary public-health expert Professor Michael Ward explains why the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among Indonesian cattle has Australia on edge.

11 July 2022

Your brain is better at busting deepfakes than you

While observers can't consciously recognise the difference between real and fake faces, their brains can, University of Sydney research shows.
22 June 2022

Dr Michael Green and Kirsten Andrews join USSC Board

Renowned Indo-Pacific expert Dr Michael Green, CEO of the United States Studies Centre (USSC), and Kirsten Andrews, Vice-Principal (External Relations), have recently been appointed to the USSC's Board of Directors.
22 June 2022

Sydney Policy Lab Director announced

The University of Sydney has appointed Dr Kate Harrison Brennan Director of Sydney Policy Lab, a multidisciplinary research initiative that fosters unique collaborations with people from different backgrounds to generate new knowledge and solutions.
21 June 2022

Fifth of global food-related emissions due to transport

Food transport constitutes 19 percent of food emissions, equivalent to 6 percent of emissions from all sources, new University of Sydney research finds.