Sydney Policy Lab was created by people searching for practical answers to the question of how we can best arrange our life together. Its work reflects this, building relationships with and between people from diverse backgrounds to encourage greater empathy and understanding, supporting them to create community-led policies. We particularly seek to work with those who have been excluded from power.
Since our establishment we have demonstrated that this approach works and that our university is an ideal place to host it.
Sydney Policy Lab acknowledges the generations upon generations of Traditional Custodians who have held responsibilities for Country, “custodian-ing” it from one generation to the next. We acknowledge the cultural protocols of protecting and holding knowledges that have sustained culture and Country for over 60,000 years.
Based in Sydney, we acknowledge the Gadigal Elders, past and present, and the beautiful Gadi Country where we work. We extend this acknowledgement to the Country, Elders and Ancient Ones of many other First Nations communities across Australia. We honour and respect the sovereignty of the many Nations where we live and work.
We are committed to working respectfully with First Nations communities across these beautiful lands, seas and skies.
Community building is becoming ever more important and the Sydney Policy Lab aims to help communities undertake it.
Working together, we will do this by:
We are collaborative leaders, known for the success of our research and community-led policy design, and for creating a network of learning communities that cooperate strongly together.