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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.
10 November 2021

Could counselling for footballers change off-field behaviour?

Chair of Social Work Professor Jioji Ravulo has spent eight years counselling rugby league players about their off-field behaviours. In a new paper, he shares insights into supporting the mental health of elite athletes under pressure.
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.
27 October 2021

New research shows how hard it is for 'flying grannies' to care for their Australian grandkids

A new study shows how migrant families struggle to get the childcare they need and how an easier visa system would help, write Myra Hamilton, Elizabeth Hill and Angela Kintominas.
07 October 2021

Lift in restrictions: Sydney experts on what we can expect

Experts in health, psychology and pandemic modelling comment on what Australians can expect as the nation emerges from pandemic restrictions.
28 September 2021

Climate change warning from collapsed ancient cities

Why did some ancient Khmer and Mesoamerican cities collapse between 900-1500CE while their rural surrounds continued to prosper? Intentional adaptation to climate changed conditions may be the answer, suggests a new study, which offers lessons for today.
27 September 2021

Researchers develop 'safe' quarantine monitoring system

A School of Computer Science researcher is collaborating with the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) and the University of Technology to deliver a quarantine monitoring system that could be used by arrivals once state and national borders reopen.
27 September 2021

Finger tracing enhances learning: evidence for 100-year-old practice

A practice used by education pioneer Montessori in the early 1900s has received further validation, with studies showing that finger tracing makes learning easier and more motivating. Imagining an object after tracing it can generate even faster learning, for children and adults alike.
23 September 2021

COVID, lockdowns, tax time: scammers pose triple threat

The pandemic, ongoing lockdowns and tax return time are leading to a perfect scam storm, says Dr Suranga Seneviratne from the School of Computer Science.
23 September 2021

Sydney student tackles master's degree from home in Delhi slum

Tushar Joshi has won the Sydney Scholars India Equity Scholarship, commencing a Master of International Relations. Due to COVID-19, he is studying remotely from the one-room home he shares with his family of four.
10 September 2021

Experts reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11

Tomorrow, it will have been 20 years since Al Qaeda hijacked and crashed aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon, fundamentally shifting geopolitics in the 21st century. University of Sydney experts reflect on the events that transpired and the lessons learnt as a result.
02 September 2021

Civic engagement strongest in young from culturally diverse families

Civic engagement - one of the Sydney Policy Lab's guiding principles - is higher in people from younger, multicultural backgrounds, a new poll shows.