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11 May 2020

STEM classes taught by teachers outside of their field of expertise

A significant number of Year 10 students across Australia are taught science, technology, engineering or mathematics by an under-qualified teacher, groundbreaking research reveals.
07 May 2020

Life after lockdown: Policy for the next phase of COVID-19

Ahead of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coronavirus announcement tomorrow, academic experts offer advice on a post-virus policy framework.
01 May 2020

How will COVID-19 affect Australia-China business relations?

Four leading China experts agreed Australia's commercial ties with China are likely to remain strong after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, although they will remain intertwined to the sometimes fraught political and diplomatic relationship.
30 April 2020

The earth cannot wait

Drawing on an international grant, the Sydney Environment Institute will explore climate justice through Indigenous and multispecies lenses.
30 April 2020

How to control an influenza outbreak without a specific vaccine

A group of pandemic modelling experts from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering have published new research that simulated viral influenza outbreaks to examine the efficacy of pandemic interventions in the absence of a tailored vaccine.
29 April 2020

How behavioural economics insights can aid COVID-19 compliance

To avoid a second wave of the coronavirus, Australians must continue to comply with 'stay at home' and other health-related orders. Professor Robert Slonim and colleagues explain a way to help achieve this.
28 April 2020

Experts examine the COVID-19 tracing app

University of Sydney academics from the disciplines of cybersecurity, media, law and health comment on COVIDSafe, the COVID-19 contact tracing app released by the federal government.
17 April 2020

Breaking news and political precedent in Malaysia

As Australia grapples with issues around freedom of the press, Malaysia has made real progress. It is now rated as the most journalistically free nation in the Southeast Asian region. Premesh Chandran helped power that liberation and is using it as a tool for change.
15 April 2020

Sydney researchers develop NSW COVID-19 hotspot database

By pinpointing COVID-19 cases by postcode and socio-economic status, the researchers hope to enable the government to easily identify areas at risk of greater community transmission, as well as relax quarantine measures on a postcode-by-postcode basis.
14 April 2020

US COVID-19 deaths "poorly predicted" by IHME model

An international group of data scientists led by the University of Sydney's Centre for Translational Data Science has found that over 70 percent of US states had death rates that were inconsistent with IHME predictions.
06 April 2020

Five things that will help fight the coronavirus

Experts from the Sydney Policy Lab want to empower citizens and policymakers to help stop the COVID-19 spread, and build a better future once it dissipates.
26 March 2020

Why suspending housing evictions will defend against COVID-19

University of Sydney researchers believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a double crisis affecting public health and the economy with both aspects playing out in our housing system.
17 March 2020

The dos and don'ts of coronavirus self-isolation

People should avoid contact with any person in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, writes Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott.
16 March 2020

Private schools don't save taxpayers' dollars

Education researchers from three Australian universities have crunched government numbers, and countered an oft-held belief in the process.
07 February 2020

Should Australia ban petrol cars?

Britain has announced it will ban petrol and hybrid cars by 2035. University of Sydney experts comment on whether Australia can and should adopt a similar policy.
28 January 2020

China in 2020 - what can we expect?

Last Saturday 25 January was Chinese New Year. As we move into the year of the rat, experts at the University of Sydney share their thoughts on what we can expect from China in 2020.
23 January 2020

Dissecting Prime Ministers' Australia Day speeches

Australia Day and Anzac Day are meant to be opportunities for Prime Ministers to unite and inspire Australians, yet research suggests that their speeches often don't reflect diversity and can even marginalise certain groups.
14 January 2020

What will shape our world in 2020?

In 2020, unrest in Hong Kong, political turbulence in Australia, and spats over social media will continue to dominate the news. Meanwhile, the gaming industry, significantly larger than the film and music industries, might experience travails and triumphs.
19 December 2019

University of Sydney joins SCRIPTS Centre of Excellence

University of Sydney social scientists will help address fundamental questions about the development of politics and society as part of a new multimillion-dollar cross-university research project.
16 December 2019

Indian Minister praises University's role in consumer protection

The Indian Minister responsible for consumer protection has praised the University of Sydney Business School's role in a major overhaul of his country's consumer protection laws, which he says will empower the people of India with enforceable rights.