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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.
20 June 2022

Endangered Tasmanian devils insured against future threats

The largest ever analysis of Tasmanian devil genetics has found protected populations are as robust as wild ones, raising hopes for the endangered species' survival.
03 June 2022

Queen Elizabeth II to make royal history

Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Historian Dr Cindy McCreery, an expert on the history of the Royal Family, explains the occasion and offers her opinions on its meaning.
17 May 2022

Major parties need to work harder to support women and families: Scorecard

The election promises of both major parties fall short of giving families the support they need to balance the demands of work and care, according to a new scorecard developed by 31 academics at 18 Australian universities.
22 April 2022

Doctor of Letters awarded to former ABC Director

David Hill, former Chairman of the ABC, was recently admitted to the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) for his remarkable contribution to Australian public life.
19 April 2022

How to be a better manager, parent and teacher

A new study suggests that management, teaching, and parenting strategies that are "autonomy-supportive" rather than controlling unlock people's "good sides".
13 April 2022

Your morning coffee could hasten species' extinction

Ahead of a global biodiversity convention, researchers find consumption in Europe, North America, and East Asia primarily drives species extinction risk in other countries.
06 April 2022

University of Sydney rises in QS subject rankings

In the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Sydney has nine subjects in the top 20 and 28 subjects in the top 50 globally.
04 April 2022

When floodwaters recede, where do they go?

University of Sydney researchers have discovered water-storing aquifers that perform a natural balancing act: they absorb water during floods and supply water during drought. Yet human intervention is limiting their function.
30 March 2022

Sydney experts respond to 2022 Budget

University of Sydney academics in housing and planning, work and organisational studies, aged care and health respond to the Federal Budget that was delivered last night.

30 March 2022

New public policy institute welcomes Chair

The James Martin Institute for Public Policy, of which the University of Sydney is a founding member, today announced the appointment of its new Chair of the Board.