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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.