Professor Tim Soutphommasane
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Acting Director, Sydney Policy Lab

Professor Tim Soutphommasane is the acting director of the Sydney Policy Lab and director, culture and strategy at the University of Sydney.

A political theorist and human rights advocate, from 2013-2018 Tim was Australia’s race discrimination commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.

He has authored five books, most recently, On Hate. He has been a regular columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Weekend Australian and his writing and commentary features regularly in national and international media. He wrote and presented the award-winning Mongrel Nation, a six-part ABC Radio National documentary series on Australian multiculturalism.

Tim holds a doctorate and masters from the University of Oxford, and is also a graduate of the University of Sydney.