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The RD Watt Building, the home of the Sydney Policy Lab

Our collaborative space

Spaces for collaborative projects and available to all
The Lab is designed to support hands-on work with partners beyond the university. Researchers share physical and online spaces with business, government and civil society partners to workshop solutions for policy change.

The Sydney Policy Lab is in the RD Watt Building on the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus. Our spaces facilitate collaborative work, from video conferences and board meetings to participatory workshops and larger public meetings.

Please note that campus is currently closed due to COVID-19, and we are not able to take any bookings for our spaces at this time.

Our spaces include:

  • a small meeting room for up to 10 people
  • a large meeting room for up to 20 people
  • a seminar room for up to 90 people – theatre-style – or 60 people at tables, with an adjacent reception area that can accommodate up to 30 people
  • a co-working space available to those affiliated with the Lab for their everyday use, after they make an individual enquiry.

We invite you to express interest in hosting your event in our meeting rooms and seminar rooms. Affiliated partners and community organisations, in particular, enjoy priority access to these spaces, although we do our best to support the needs of any group looking to gather to effect policy change.

If you are affiliated with the Lab and interested in everyday use of our co-working space, please get in touch to enquire about availability.

Portrait of Sydney Exhibition

The Lab commissioned local and international photographers to capture the diversity of everyday life across Sydney. Scenes from festivals, public transport, museums, libraries, universities, parks, urban gardens, community centres, eateries, city streets and other places of gathering were documented in early 2019. Some of the highlights are included below, and a selection is on exhibition in our building.


Tim Fennis is an Amsterdam-based photographer, specialising in portrait and street photography. He thoroughly enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and capturing their portraits, whether in his studio or a chance encounter. Tim is always trying to tell a story through his images, wherever in the world he may be.

Instagram: @timfennis.

Grace Sui studied English literature in China and arrived in Sydney in 2004. She sought belonging under a wide, blue sky through writing and photography. Grace is fascinated by the way everyday light and shadows are cast upon urban life and landscapes. Her work features in venues across Sydney, and she has been published and exhibited in publications and galleries from Parramatta to New York to Shenzhen, China.

Instagram: @grace.sui_sydney.