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31 January 2023

Gay men discriminate against feminine gay men, new study finds

Psychology study finds both gay men and heterosexual men prefer masculine over feminine gay men for a high-status role, suggesting feminine gay men may face implicit discrimination in the workplace.
19 January 2023

Performing Nazism: Why would you wear the Holocaust like a costume?

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Dr Benjamin Nickl, in the School of Languages and Cultures, explores the use of Nazi uniforms in popular culture. He argues that Nazi costumes can wear out our moral responsibility.
13 January 2023

Iran executions and the role of 'revolutionary courts'

Professor Simon Rice from Sydney Law School explains the role of Iran's 'revolutionary courts' in the suppression of widespread protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody in September 2022.
06 December 2022

Three-year port dispute shows the IR system is full of holes

Australia's industrial relations umpire has delayed industrial action that would have crippled Australia's ports in the lead-up to Christmas. Professor Shae McCrystal explains why the protracted dispute demonstrates urgent need for IR reform.
22 November 2022

Ali Abbas announced as Australia's first Chief Circular Engineer

Professor Ali Abbas from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will work with Circular Australia to accelerate action towards an Australian circular economy by 2030.
17 November 2022

Deliveroo's exit from Australia shows why gig workers need more protection

Dr Alex Veen from the University of Sydney Business School unpacks the cutthroat market dynamics of the on-demand gig economy.
17 November 2022

Education Minister delivers inaugural Bradley Oration

Last night the Federal Minister for Education, Hon. Jason Clare MP, unveiled the membership and terms of reference for the Australian Universities Accord and committed to a new era of collaboration and reform.
10 November 2022

Uluru Statement from the Heart wins 21-22 Sydney Peace Prize

A push for First Nations recognition in the Constitution has been awarded Australia's only international prize for peace - the Sydney Peace Prize.
09 November 2022

Ruth Bader Ginsburg theatre production is beautifully crafted

Associate Professor Penelope Crossley, from the Law School, reviews a thrilling one woman play about American Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, presented by Sydney Theatre Company.
28 October 2022

Socceroos and Diamonds protest ‘sportswashing’: experts weigh in

Australia's soccer and netball teams have dominated headlines this week for their political stances, drawing support and criticism from University of Sydney experts.
27 October 2022

Scientists warn of Earth's unequivocal climate emergency

Earth's vital signs have deteriorated to the point humanity is "unequivocally" facing a climate emergency, an international coalition of researchers warns in a report published today.

05 October 2022

Conspiracy theories thrive on YouTube, new study

A new study by social media researchers at the University of Sydney and QUT has found conspiracy theories are thriving on YouTube despite the platform's efforts to harden posting rules and guidelines.
29 September 2022

Trailblazing women paved the way for future women of law

Since Ada Evans became the first woman in Australia to graduate in law 120 years ago, many other trailblazing women at the University of Sydney have followed in her footsteps. In 2022, we celebrate all our women of law - from those who paved the way to the changemakers of the future.
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.
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.
09 August 2022

How brain-monitoring tech advances could change the law

A world-first report from Dr Allan McCay in the Law School scrutinises advances in neurotechnology and what they might mean for the law and the legal profession.

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.
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

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.