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The Conversation Leader Board

We’re often asked which articles are most read on The Conversation and the topics most popular with our readers.

Here’s a look behind the scenes at what’s worked best since our launch in March 2011 up until 30 June 2013.

In future we’ll provide 6-monthly updates on this list.

March 2011- 30 June 2013


Top 10 most-read articles


Most commented articles.


Top 10 universities, by readers

  • University of Melbourne: 2.5 million readers

  • University of Sydney: 2 million readers

  • Monash University: 1.9 million readers

  • University of New South Wales: 1.8 million readers

  • Australian National University: 1.3 million readers

  • Deakin University: 1.2 million readers

  • University of Western Australia: 1 million readers

  • University of Queensland: 1 million readers

  • University of Canberra: 965,000 readers

  • University of Technology, Sydney: 794,000 readers


Top 10 countries reading The Conversation

  • Australia (65%)

  • USA

  • UK

  • Canada

  • India

  • New Zealand

  • Germany

  • Singapore

  • France

  • Thailand


As for who’s reading us:

  • 75% of you are under 45 years old

  • 90% of you have an undergraduate degree or higher

  • Over 80% of you are not academics.

  • And collectively, The Conversation enjoys over 1.2 million unique visitors a month.

You can find out more about our audience here.